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Living with ADHD



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(Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Trust)
This presentation was presented at ADHD Training Day at Dunston Hall in Norwich on 28 March 2014.

The day is free for all staff and is kindly sponsored by Eli Lilly Neuroscience plus is supported by the Trust NDD Steering Group and the Postgraduate Department.



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    • EVERYDAY LIFE WITH ADHD NSFT Master Class: Adult ADHD Dunstan Hall, Norwich 28th March, 2014 Yasir Hameed (MRCPsych) Digitally signed by Yasir Hameed (MRCPsych) DN: cn=Yasir Hameed (MRCPsych) gn=Yasir Hameed (MRCPsych) c=United Kingdom l=GB o=Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Trust ou=Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Trust Reason: I have reviewed this document Location: Date: 2014-05-06 19:44+01:00
    •  Introduction  Living with ADHD: What’s it like in there?  Engagement with Services  Experiences with Medication  Supporting ADHDers and Carers
    • ADDAPT ABILITY CIC  Programmes for:  Adults with ADHD  Professionals in support and guidance roles  Present the ADHD experience “from the inside-out”
    • “INVISIBLE ADHDER” University Degree Business Owner No Criminal Record No Addictions Good Social Life Credit: The American Judicature Society
    • NEUROBIOLOGICAL DIFFERENCE Hyperactivity/Impulsivity Inattention Distractibility ACCIDENT & EMERGENCY Need for Stimulation:  Low tolerance for boredom  Reward driven  Motivated by interest  Response to immediate demand
    • NEUROBIOLOGICAL DIFFERENCE  Lack of “Filters”  Struggle to Achieve Potential:  Now is the only moment  Applying what you know  Low self esteem and confidence  Emotionally reactive or repressed Photo credit:
    • ENGAGEMENT WITH SERVICES  Knowledge Gaps:  Myths & Misconceptions  Lack of Confidence  “You can’t be ADHD”  Misdiagnosis  Availability:  Don’t know where to refer  No specialist/clinic  Transitional “No Man’s Land”
    • EXPERIENCE WITH MEDICATION  Perceptions:  “The Miracle Pill”  “Slave to the Meds”  Challenges:  Stigma  Remember to take it!  Realities:  Level of response variable  Cycle of trial and error  Doesn’t address behaviours or habits © Childlite
    • SUPPORTING ADHDERS AND CARERS The benefits of diagnosis – in their own words....  Empowerment: 'Through a concrete diagnosis of ADHD, I now have an explanation of my life story.'  Knowing your strengths: 'A constantly distracted mind that jumps from one idea to the next is also a mind that is rapidly giving birth to new ideas and designing creative solutions to life's problems.'  Access to medication: 'Small changes around the house: bills paid, table cleared, laundry done and put away.‘
    • SUPPORTING ADHDERS AND CARERS  Positive perspective of difference  Re-establish trust in self and capabilities  Awareness of challenges of environment Dobi Trey Ratcliffe
    • POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES OF ADHD − Creativity − Innovation − Problem solving − Imaginative design − Intuition − Highlight possibilities − Hyperfocused on interest − Enjoying the present − Exploration − Invention − Pattern identification − Unique perspective Inattention: − Quick response to emergency − High energy − Entrepreneurship − Positive risk taking − Flexibility − Enthusiasm − Spontaneity − Courage − Independence − Leadership − Athleticism Hyperactivity/Impulsivity: − Deeply caring − Dedicated − Compassionate − Resiliency − Empathy − Persistent − Strong sense of justice − Drive − Sense of humour − Optimism − Passion − Charisma Emotional Sensitivity: © detektdesign
    • “SUCCESSFUL ADHDERS” © Splash News © Getty Images © Splash News © Splash News Photo: EPA © Getty Images © Getty Images
    • BENEFITS OF ADHD COACHING AND THERAPY  Realize Goals  Reduce procrastination  Support decision-making and prioritizing  Expand perception of options  Create ADD-appreciative accountability  Develop New Skills  Manage impulsivity and distractibility  Improve time and self-management  Personalize strategies and systems  Learn to set boundaries  Improve social and communication skills  Manage conflict confidently  Manage Emotional State  Remove blame and shame  Improve self-confidence  Reduce overwhelm  Empower self-image  Reduce stress  Control worry  ADHD Education  Learn about what ADHD is and is not  Appreciate your strengths and unique gifts  Discover personalized approaches  Understand the criteria for a successful strategy (Pete Quily –
    • IS IT ADHD? Asking the right questions:  Are there issues with motivation?  Are there great ideas and potential, but no evidence of action or forward progress?  Are important or urgent things left or forgotten while immediate demands receive attention?  Are new activities and projects started with enthusiasm, but never completed?  The “Story” throughout the lifespan
    • WHAT CAN YOU DO?  Minimise issues  Identify triggers  Maximise strengths  Engage interest  Provide clear structure and routine  Clarify deadlines and responsibilities  Short term achievable goals  Encourage reflection  Return to what works
    • THANK YOU  Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust  Lilly
    • CONTACT Tel: 07855 298536 Email: Tel: 0845 200 1390 Email: @ADDaptAbility