The are a number of options that can be pursued, but it depends on the what you are open to. These can be accessed privately and/or through the NHS, but should be discussed with a specialist before a decision is made on what to do.
CBT approaches can help you:
- Find ways to make sure that you do important tasks.
- Find ways to organise your life better.
- Get self-critical thoughts into perspective and so feel better about yourself.
- Reduce unhelpful feelings of anxiety.
These are mostly ‘stimulant’ medications, related to amphetamines. They include methylphenydate and dexamphetamine (names they are commonly known as are Ritalin, Concerta, Equasym, Dexadrine). These have a quick effect on the difficulties associated to ADHD, with it eventually wearing off during the night. There are slow-release versions of the medications, which means that these can be taken once a day as their effect last throughout the day. These drugs are legally ‘controlled’ drugs in UK as they can be abused. There are also known side-effects that include weight loss, and occasionally, psychosis. Atomoxetine (also known as Strattera) is a ‘non-stimulant’ medication and takes a few weeks to begin to have an effect and also stays in the system for a few weeks. It too has its side-effects, which can include stomach cramps and diarrhoea, and there have been in some cases reports of increased ideas of self-harm.
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