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In our everyday lives, we often use the term "diagnoses" as an umbrella term when discussing conditions such as ADD, ADHD, and autism. Here, we will clarify these terms.

How common are these types of diagnoses?

We live in a time when more and more people are experiencing neuropsychiatric challenges such as ADD, ADHD and autism. Understanding that these diagnoses are not just labels but part of the human experience that affects life differently is essential. About 5% of children are affected by ADHD, and about 1% of the entire population has an autism diagnosis.

Symptoms and signs: when to seek help?

Seeking help for issues such as concentration difficulties can be a big step towards better understanding yourself. It can also give you the tools to deal with challenges in your daily life. If you recognize any of the following signs, it may be appropriate to have an initial conversation with a psychologist or therapist before an ADHD or ADD assessment.

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Therapy can greatly improve the quality of life. It can help individuals manage symptoms, develop positive coping mechanisms, and improve social skills.

It’s okay to ask for help

Seeking professional help can be a turning point. Many people think that therapy is a sign of weakness or failure, but it is a strength to be able to ask for help. If you need help managing your mind’s approach to the world, we are always ready to help.

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You are not alone

Finally, receiving a diagnosis and beginning a treatment plan can be a huge relief. Whether you are a parent seeking help for your child or you are the one who needs support, remember: you are not alone. There is help available, and we make the hard things easier. So don’t hesitate to book a session with one of our experienced therapists or psychologists today.

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12 FAQs about ADHD, ADD and autism

What is ADHD?

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a neuropsychiatric diagnosis characterized by difficulties with attention, impulsivity and overactivity.

How does ADD differ from ADHD?

ADD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is similar to ADHD but lacks the hyperactive component. People with ADD may have difficulty focusing but are not overactive.

Are autism and ADHD the same thing?

No, although both are neuropsychiatric conditions, they have different symptoms and treatment methods. Autism involves difficulties with social interaction and communication.

How is ADHD diagnosed?

A doctor or psychologist evaluates symptoms through clinical interviews and standardized tests. Evaluations in a school setting are also standard.

What are the treatment options for ADHD?

Standard treatment methods include medication such as Ritalin, behavioural therapy, and lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise.

Can adults have ADHD?

Yes, ADHD is not just a childhood disorder. Many adults live with undetected ADHD and can seek treatment if necessary.

Is ADHD hereditary?

Research shows that ADHD can be hereditary, but environmental factors such as diet and upbringing also play a role.

Is there a cure for autism?

There is no cure for autism, but there are several treatments that can improve quality of life, such as ABA therapy and speech therapy.

What school resources are available for children with ADHD?

Special educational support, including Individual Development Plans, can be used to help children with ADHD in school.

How does ADHD affect working life?

ADHD can make managing time, organising tasks, and focusing challenging, but many people can succeed in the workplace with the proper support and accommodations.

Can diet affect ADHD symptoms?

Some studies suggest that a balanced diet rich in omega-3 and low in sugar can reduce ADHD symptoms, but more research is needed.

Where to seek help?

Suppose you think you or someone you know has ADHD, autism or a similar condition. In that case, it is recommended that you first consult a healthcare provider or psychologist for assessment and diagnosis.

Written by samantha

Sr. Samantha Pieterse is a registered psychiatric nurse who is deeply committed to mental health and well-being. Samantha brings a unique and valuable perspective to her role as an editor for Lavendla South Africa. She has worked in Government and Private mental healthcare institutions in Gauteng and her expertise ensures that the articles on our website are accurate and accessible. Samantha is dedicated to enhancing mental health awareness and education in South Africa.