BBC Scotland Evening News 17.4.18
STV Evening News 17.4.18
The BBC has covered the launch of our new report, Attending to Parents.
And there was a piece in The Herald
Big thanks to Avril and Rhys Sinclair, and to Joanne and Michael McPeake, for going on record to talk about life with ADHD.
April 17th 2018 saw the publication of the results of our survey of parents about health and education services for children with ADHD across Scotland. The survey was answered by more than 200 parents of children with a confirmed diagnosis of ADHD across Scotland and paints a picture of health and education services which are excellent at best, but not consistent enough. Many health services are overly focused on medication provision as the only treatment on offer for ADHD, and teachers urgently need more training on AD.
The report also highlights the huge value that peer support groups, including Coalition members, bring in supporting parents to feel less alone.
The report makes a number of recommendations:
To read more visit https://www.scottishadhdcoalition.org/adhd-prescribing-in-scotland/
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has just published its new Guideline on the diagnosis and management of ADHD. It applies only in England, but is still a useful document for us as it summarises all the latest evidence about ADHD treatment and is therefore much more up to date than the Scottish SIGN guideline (2009). To access the Guideline, visit https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng87
A newly published editorial in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry highlights the need for more research on the amazing strengths of people with ‘high functioning ADHD’ – people who fully meet the criteria for ADHD but are still able to function relatively well. Such people, the editorial argues, often compensate for their ADHD difficulties through extraordinary strengths – such as creativity, hyperfocus, high levels of agreeableness and above-average openness to new experiences. If high functioning ADHD can be better understood, it will be possible to re-characterise ADHD less as a ‘disorder’ and more in terms of the extraordinary potential that these people have. The article also makes the case for more research into treatment approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness which have the potential to help manage ADHD symptoms and let strengths shine through.
Download the article here: Lesch-2018-Journal_of_Child_Psychology_and_Psychiatry
As reported in today’s Guardian, a new report by the think tank Demos has shown the enormous cost of undiagnosed ADHD in adults. Based on a literature review and interviews with 10 adults with ADHD which was not diagnosed in childhood, the report highlights that the economic burden of ADHD to the UK economy is likely to be far greater for adults with the condition than children, because of the far reaching effects it has on the lives of those with it. It recommends that adult ADHD should be given much greater attention in government thinking about mental health.
You can download a copy of the report here:
Delighted to announce a new parent support group – ADHD Support Network South Lanarkshire. For more information please contact email@example.com or join them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/211039219462436/
The first meeting will be on 21st February 2018 at 7pm at Kirktonholme Nursery, 401 Kirktonholme Road, East Kilbride G74 1RS
The ADHD Foundation, supported by a group of ADHD charities including the Scottish ADHD Coalition, has today published ‘A lifetime lost, or a lifetime gained’, a new report highlighting the lifetime impact of ADHD and the importance of prompt diagnosis and access to effective treatment and support. We are pleased to support this report – a copy of which is going to every MSP in the Scottish parliament.
You can read the report at https://www.adhdfoundation.org.uk/2017/11/03/a-lifetime-lost-or-a-lifetime-saved/