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ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition that affects people's behaviour. People with ADHD can seem restless, may have trouble concentrating and may act on impulse .

Symptoms of ADHD tend to be noticed at an early age and may become more noticeable when a child's circumstances change, such as when they start school.  Most cases are diagnosed when children are 6 to 12 years old. 

The symptoms of ADHD usually improve with age, but many adults who were diagnosed with the condition at a young age continue to experience problems.

People with ADHD may also have additional problems, such as sleep and anxiety disorders.

Getting help 

Many children go through phases where they are restless or inattentive. This is often completely normal and does not necessarily mean they have ADHD.

But you should consider raising your concerns with your child's teacher, their school's special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) or a GP if you think their behaviour may be different from most children their age.

It's also a good idea to speak to a GP if you're an adult and think you may have ADHD, but were not diagnosed with the condition as a child.

For children and young people (up to 18):

Please see the How to get an assessment for Autism, ADHD or ADD page.

For people over 18:

The Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) service is a run by the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation trust (SWYPFT) (opens new page).

The service for adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a specialist service dedicated to supporting:

  • young people moving from children to adult services
  • adults previously diagnosed with ADHD requesting referral back to services
  • adults seeking a new diagnostic assessment

There main clinic is based at the Manygates clinic in Wakefield, however they use a number of community bases, including ones in Kirklees.

Service users have access to a multi-disciplinary team which includes medical, nursing, psychology, occupational therapy and speech & language therapy practitioners. Specialist social work support is also available from the team or from our local authority partners.

Referrals are accepted from GP's, consultants and other services within the SWYPFT.

You will be contacted by SWYPFT with an appointment for the diagnostic assessment.

Outcome of the assessment:

Following a confirmation of diagnosis the Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) team provide specialist assessment, treatment and support, such as:

  • information and education around ADHD
  • medication management
  • support to identify and achieve individual goals using the ADHD star assessment (a way to track progress)
  • psychological assessment and therapy
  • support to develop independent living skills
  • carer assessment, information and support
  • onterventions may be offered on an individual or group basis

For adults accessing the service on an out of area basis, short-term support will be offered. If long-term support is needed this will normally mean an individual is referred back to their local services.

There are many services, charities and helpful websites that can help everyone affected by ADHD and your mental health. Here are some of those:

Thriving Kirklees

Kirklees CAMHS is part of Thriving Kirklees, a partnership of local health and wellbeing providers all working together to support the health and wellbeing of  children, young people and their families.

The partnership includes Locala, Home Start, Northorpe Hall, Yorkshire Children’s Centre and South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SWYPFT).

The service has a number of different ways (or Pathways) of working with children, young people and their families:

  • Neurodevelopmental Assessment Pathway (Autism and ADHD)
  • LD (Learning Disability) Pathway
  • Core Pathway (including eating disorders)
  • Crisis Pathway (out of hours service)

Kirklees CAMHS carries out Autism and ADHD assessments as part of it's Neurodevelopmental pathway.

Thriving Kirklees local offer page

ADHD - local help

The West Yorkshire ADHD Support Group are a peer-led voluntary support group offering a wide range of support to both adults with ADHD and parents/carers of children with ADHD.

You/your child does not need a diagnosis to join our group. If you suspect that you/your child may have ADHD, you are very welcome to join us.

The support we offer is tailored to the individual's needs and includes listening to concerns and providing moral support, providing information on ADHD and co-morbid conditions and giving practical advice on coping strategies as well as advocacy where required.
For more information, send a message via their Facebook page (opens new page) or Email them at westyorksadhd@gmail.com

ADHD Foundation

The ADHD Foundation charity is an joint health and education service offering a unique lifespan - strength based service, for the 1 in 5 people who live with ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and Tourette’s syndrome.

ADHD foundation website (opens new page)

Mind

Mind provides advice and support to help anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. They will not give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.

MIND website (opens new page)

ADHD Kids Rock

ADHD Kids Rock! helps to find the encouragement and understanding that the world does not have for ADHDers and ADDers. The goal of ADHD Kids Rock! is to provide a safe space to share stories, as well as educate those who live and work with ADHD kids about the condition.

ADHD Kids Rock! website (opens new page)

NHS

The NHS has a lot of information and help with your ADHD. 

NHS website (opens new page)

Last updated: 21/09/2021

Useful links

The ADHD Foundation

The ADHD Foundation