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What happens to children with ADHD when they reach adulthood? Apparently the NHS doesn't treat it in adults?

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zirca Fri 19-Sep-14 14:24:53

An acquaintance has recently been to the GP about their own symptoms (adult, but with family history of ADHD) for various reasons. They were told the NHS does not treat adults for ADHD. This brings up the question in my family of what will happen to my teenage nephew when he turns 18. He is the most lovely person but off medication is extremely hyperactive, aggressive and impulsive. Without medication there is no way he would be able to hold down a job, drive a car safely, have a decent relationship... Surely they won't just suddenly refuse to prescribe it? He is severe enough to have been awarded DLA on the basis of that and a few other related problems, and to be not in mainstream schooling. Looking for reassurance really as his family could not pay for private care. His mum will bring this up at the next consultant appt but is worrying already!

magso Mon 06-Oct-14 23:13:02

Oh that's worrying. I have an adult friend who is now treated for ADHD - she was diagnosed after her children. I know some children grow out of the worst of their symptoms, but looks like I will need to ask about this too (as Dsalso has severe ASD with ADHD).

jellyhead Fri 24-Oct-14 10:31:05

I don't think children grow out of ADHD they learn strategies to cope with it.
Ds1 was diagnosed at 7, now 15 and he has many strategies to get by. People who didn't know him wouldn't notice and quite often his teachers seem to forget.
Ds2 age 10 is still very hyperactive with minimal strategies.
My dh was diagnosed a few years back as all the issues the boys had he said he had as a child .
He has many ways to get through the day but in his 40s is still very much with ADHD.
I think it depends on where you live as to the NHS care available for adults and prescriptions are definitely available for adults.
The risks are that many adults with the condition self medicate with alcohol or drugs.
Mental health services take over adult care

Corestrategy Mon 03-Nov-14 11:00:09

I saw a documentary on TV a few years ago about a woman with 2 ADHD children. She was ADHD too and was also on medication for it.

Miggsie Mon 03-Nov-14 11:01:50

I think Rory Bremner has been diagnosed with ADHD - he has spoken about it as how it affects him as an adult and in his work, I heard him on a radio show a while back - try googling him

ooerrmissus Mon 03-Nov-14 11:03:00

It must depend on where you are; my DH was diagnosed with ADHD in his mid thirties and has medication for it.

ToBeFair Thu 06-Nov-14 13:07:49

This might be regional, or it might be that it is is difficult to get new ADHD diagnoses for adults. MY DS is 20 and has ADD and was handed over from the paediatric consultant to the GP at 18. The GP still prescribes medication (which he needs to study effectively) and he has occasional reviews with the GP. There have been no problems at all with continuing the medication.

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