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UNDERSTANDING ADULT ADHD

When we think of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, we tend to think of children. But recent research suggests around three per cent of us develop it as adults. So what does that mean, and what can you do if you think you’ve got it?

PSYCHIATRIST LOUISE THEODOSIOU has run and supervised a clinic that specialises in ADHD (rcpsych.ac.uk)

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder caused by a malfunctioning pathway in the brain. In an ADHD sufferer’s brain, the pre-frontal cortex – that’s the part responsible for making sensible decisions, staying awake and alert, solving problems and managing emotions – doesn’t get enough dopamine and noradrenalin.

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