DURBAN psychiatrist Dr Shaquir Salduker said ADHD was a condition one was born with and was with one throughout one’s life.
“Adult ADHD is present, whether it’s diagnosed in childhood or not, but an undiagnosed adult is more likely to be unsuccessful and suffers other conditions, like depression and anxiety.
“The treatment (for adult ADHD and childhood ADHD) is exactly the same. The treatment is basically divided into stimulants and non-stimulants. The safety profile is very good, as these drugs are extensively researched and safe in children,” said Salduker.
He said there are other conditions that one could have alongside adult ADHD: “Co-morbid conditions like depression, anxiety and substance use disorders are very common. Almost the rule rather than the exception.”
A diagnosis of ADHD should not constitute the end of the road for any child or adult.