How is ADHD identified in adults?

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By Chetana Belagere

May 31, 2024

South Indian actor Fahadh Faasil’s revelation that he was recently diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) came like a twist in the tale.

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Speaking at an event at Kothamangalam, the 41-year-old actor revealed his condition, sparking a broader conversation about adult ADHD and the challenges with diagnosis.

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According to the American Psychiatric Association, ADHD is a neurodiverse condition that affects people’s behaviour and social interaction.

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Experts explained that adults with ADHD can find themselves with poor self-esteem and social function when not appropriately treated.

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They also said that they experience an ongoing pattern of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity, with consequent disruption in social, interpersonal and occupational life.

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Discussing intervention techniques, Dr Jamuna spoke about good results in children as well as adults. She vouched for neurofeedback therapy.

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“Each session lasts about an hour, but for ADHD patients, we start with two minutes and gradually increase to 20 minutes,” Dr Jamuna said.

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“Several of our children have gone on to become PhD graduates, etc., after this therapy in childhood. Even in adults, we have seen tremendous improvement,” She signed off.

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