Why is it important to diagnose adhd?

It has recently been on the news that ADHD is under diagnosed in females, which has led to many females being dismissed as anxious or depressed. Statistics have shown that lots of women have had to wait at least a couple of years to even get a formal assessment for their ADHD symptoms. This year, the wait time has gotten even longer.

ADHD is often not properly understood - particularly with younger children. It can have a big impact on someone's life as children and adults can end up growing up, not understanding why they can't focus well.

At school, a child with ADHD might be labelled as 'ditzy' or a 'day-dreamer'. This can often lead to the teacher not making so much of an effort with that child or in some cases bullying.

There is a typical pressure on young girls particularly, where they should be 'organised' whereas young boys are typically encouraged to express themselves for who they are. ADHD can have a big impact on someone's behaviour, which is why it is so important for a child to be diagnosed as urgently as possible.

A study has shown that 92% of those tested in a study felt that their diagnosis of ADHA had improved their life.