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Adult ADHD


What is adult ADHD?

Adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), previously known as ADD, is a mental health disorder with symptoms including difficulty paying attention, hyperactivity, disorganisation and impulsive behaviour. Although there is still a lot to be understood about ADHD and its related symptoms, if left untreated, adult ADHD can eventually lead to unstable relationships, depression, anxiety, poor work performance and low self-esteem and, in some cases, substance misuse, which usually leads to co-occurring disorders,

ADHD often goes unrecognised throughout childhood. That was especially common in the past when very few people were aware of it. Instead of recognising your symptoms and identifying the real issue, your family, teachers, or others may have labelled you as a goof-off, troublemaker, dreamer, slacker, or just a bad student. Alternately, you may be able to accommodate the symptoms of ADHD when you were still young, only to run into troubles as your responsibilities grew as an adult. The more balls you are now trying to keep in the air—pursuing a career, raising a family, running a household—the higher the demand on your abilities to organise, remain calm and focus. That can be challenging for many people, but if you have ADHD, it can feel almost impossible!

Many adults with ADHD are unaware they have it; they just know that everyday tasks can be a challenge. Adults with ADHD may find it challenging to focus and prioritise, leading to missed deadlines and forgotten meetings or social plans. The inability to control impulses can range from impatience waiting in line or driving in traffic to mood swings and outbursts of anger.


  • Extreme impatience
  • Mood swings and bursts of anger
  • Poor time management skills
  • Excessive activity or restlessness
  • Frequent mood swings
  • Being forgetful of daily tasks
  • Poor concentrating
  • Difficulty following instructions
  • Excessive talking
  • Constantly fidgeting
  • Impulsiveness
  • Frequent intruding/interrupting others
  • Disorganised/trouble prioritising
  • Sleeping problems
  • Anxiety disorders
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How do I know if I need an evaluation for ADHD?

Most adults who seek an evaluation for ADHD experience significant problems in one or more areas of living. The following are some of the most common problems:

  • Inconsistent performance in jobs or careers; losing or quitting jobs frequently.
  • History of academic and/or career underachievement.
  • Poor ability to manage day-to-day responsibilities, such as completing household chores, maintenance tasks, paying bills or organising things.
  • Relationship problems due to not completing tasks.
  • Forgetting important things or getting upset easily over minor things.
  • Chronic stress and worry due to failure to accomplish goals and meet responsibilities.
  • Chronic and intense feelings of frustration, guilt or blame.

A qualified professional can determine if these problems are due to ADHD, some other cause or a combination of causes. Although some ADHD symptoms are evident since early childhood, some individuals may not experience significant problems until later in life.

Some very bright and talented individuals, for example, are able to compensate for their ADHD symptoms and do not experience significant problems until high school, college or in pursuit of their career. In other cases, parents may have provided a highly protective, structured and supportive environment, minimising the impact of ADHD symptoms until the individual has begun to live independently as a young adult.

Good news is; no matter how overwhelming it feels, the challenges of (ADHD) attention deficit disorder could be beaten. With proper medication and support, you can learn to manage the symptoms of adult ADHD; even turning some of your weaknesses into strengths. It is never too late to turn the difficulties of adult ADHD around and start succeeding on your terms.

It is important to note that individuals diagnosed with ADHD are often six times more prone to substance misuse than those who are not. For those who are unsure if they are living with ADHD, we can gladly give you a comprehensive ADHD assessment along with an accurate evaluation and treatment if required.


What does the ADHD assessment include?

Based on evidence-based best practice and meeting NICE guidelines. CRL provides a very detailed and fully comprehensive ADHD assessment that includes:

•  Full Cognitive Functioning Assessment.

•  60 minutes consultation with the Psychiatrist

•  Screening for other common mental health conditions

•  A psychiatric report after the assessment

•  Treatment plan and recommendations

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Who will I speak to when I call?

Experienced recovery workers who are compassionate, experienced and knowledgeable about substance misuse and mental health issues, they will be happy to take your call and discuss all your queries in a discreet and confidential manner. And if needed they will offer you a free video consultation with a psychiatrist.

How much does treatment cost?

At CRL we endeavour to keep our costs as low as possible whilst at the same time continuing to  provide high quality care. The cost of treatment varies depending on the level of care needed and the length of the treatment plan required. The best way to ascertain this cost would be to speak to one of our experienced recovery workers to determine what treatment plan will be the most effective for you in achieving your desired goals.

Does insurance cover mental health or addictive treatment?

Some private health insurance companies cover the treatment, you will have to check your policy to see if you qualify.

Does insurance cover adult ADHD assessment or treatment?

Yes, most private health insurance companies cover the treatment, you will have to check your policy to see if you qualify.

What if I need a detox?

We offer a wide range of options for smooth and painless detox thanks to our new provided medications (i.e. long-acting buprenorphine monthly injections). If this is something you are interested in, please call us to discuss which is more suitable for you.

The main emphasis in our detox programs is to provide as much comfort and support while doing our best to minimise any withdrawal symptoms the individual may experience throughout their recovery. Many users recognise they need help and support to get clean but fear the consequences of withdrawals, we have created detox plans to greatly reduce the unpleasant effects of withdrawals.

Do your programs offer aftercare?

Yes, we will continue to support clients after they have completed treatment either by us or elsewhere by offering a wide range of aftercare programs, studies have shown that people have a much better chance of avoiding relapse if they are engaged in aftercare programs. Please get in touch to discuss the best aftercare options for yourself.

Is smoking permitted?

No, this is a medical facility and smoking is not permitted at all.

Do you treat trauma?

Yes, our staff are specially trained in trauma, grief/loss and attachment, we know very well the negative impact these can have on someone’s mental health which can then trigger alcohol/drug misuse and other negative behavioural health challenges. Among our treatment approaches to trauma is EMDR therapy which is very effective in easing and treating PTSD.

What is outpatient care?

Outpatient care is less intensive than inpatient care. The patient will usually attend regular meetings with a consultant psychiatrist, counsellor, therapist or key-worker where they will be given similar treatments to those in an inpatient clinic. However, as the patient does not stay overnight, the cost of this care is less expensive.

Outpatient programmes consist of daily, weekly or monthly sessions. Because outpatient treatment requires less time in-attendance, the entire recovery programme generally lasts longer than inpatient care. While inpatient treatment typically lasts for a period of six to eight weeks, an outpatient programme can last many months.

Who is outpatient treatment suitable for?

Outpatient treatment is suitable for individuals who have been struggling with addiction but may benefit from a less intensive approach to recovery than inpatient care.

CRL staff are available to offer helpful advice and information on all types of addiction and the most suitable treatment options. If you would like a referral to a counsellor, therapist or consultant psychiatrist for outpatient treatment, call us today. We can also provide support and advice to the loved ones of those struggling with addiction, as well as information on the treatments we provide and how these can be accessed.

Our staff are compassionate and caring and will treat anything you discuss in the strictest of confidence. If you need advice on addiction, or simply need someone to talk to, please do not hesitate to call us.

Are your staff qualified?

All CRL staff are qualified for their specific roles with many years of experience in working in the addiction and mental health fields. In addition all our staff are always up to date with all their relevant training and registrations.


Our clinical team is happy to answer any questions or concerns that you may have.
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