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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

What Is ADHD?

ADHD is a complex condition that manifests differently in each individual. There are three primary subtypes:

Attention Disorder

Inattentive Type

People with this subtype often struggle with sustained attention, organization, and follow-through. They may appear forgetful or careless in their daily activities.


Hyperactive-Impulsive Type

Individuals with this subtype display hyperactivity and impulsivity but may not necessarily struggle with inattention. They may have difficulty sitting still, waiting their turn, or controlling their impulses.

Brain performance

Combined Type

This is the most common subtype, where individuals exhibit both inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive symptoms.

ADHD Brain vs. Neurotypical Brain

Neurotypical Brain

✅ Typical dopamine signalling

✅ Good prefrontal cortex development
✅ Strong executive functioning skills - Organisation - Focus - Emotional regulation - Working memory

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ADHD Brain

✅ Enhanced creativity

✅ Out-of-the-box thinking

✅ Strong divergent problem-solving

✅ Passion and motivation towards interests

⚠️ Low dopamine levels

⚠️ Underdeveloped prefrontal cortex
⚠️ Executive functioning challenges - Poor focus - Disorganised - Hyperactivity & impulsivity - Difficulty regulating emotions

This type of illustrated diagram outlines some main differences in brain structure and function tied to ADHD symptoms. 

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Exact causes of ADHD are still unknown

Causes of ADHD

The exact cause of ADHD is not fully understood, but it is believed to result from a combination of genetic, environmental, and neurological factors. Research suggests that imbalances in certain neurotransmitters in the brain, such as dopamine and norepinephrine, play a role in the development of ADHD.

Getting Diagnosed

To be diagnosed with ADHD, an individual must exhibit symptoms that significantly impair their daily functioning and have been present for at least six months. The symptoms of ADHD can vary but typically include:

  • Difficulty paying attention to details and sustaining focus.

  • Frequent careless mistakes in school or work.

  • Forgetfulness in daily activities.

  • Impulsivity, leading to interrupting others or acting without thinking.

  • Hyperactivity, such as excessive fidgeting or talking.

  • Inability to stay seated or wait in line.

  • Difficulty organising tasks and managing time.

ADHD Treatment Ireland

Our ADHD diagnostic process involves a thorough evaluation by a Irish registered Psychiatrist, conducted over two consultations 
in the comfort of your own home. 

Initial Assessment - We help you gain clarity and insight through evidence-based computerised assessments that provide an objective view of symptoms related to depression, anxiety, PTSD and ADHD. The personalised results will be discussed with you during an in-depth online consultation with a consultant psychiatrist.  Our goal is to empower you with knowledge so you can better understand your challenges and strengths and become better prepared to take steps toward the life you envision.

Follow-Up Consultation - If initial results indicate ADHD, a second consultation is recommended to discuss treatment options such as prescription medications and or therapy depending on the persons preference. Patients receive an assessment report summarising their diagnostic results, functional challenges, and next steps. This official documentation can be key to accessing essential ADHD services through school systems, universities, workplaces and healthcare providers.

We aim to provide specialised expertise at each step so you can better understand your symptoms and unlock available supports. ADHD is a real and often misunderstood condition that affects millions of people worldwide. With the right diagnosis and treatment, individuals with ADHD can lead fulfilling lives, harnessing their unique strengths and talents. It's essential to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and provide support and resources to those affected by ADHD.

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