‘Referral pathways can be complicated, and are subject to considerable variation in the local organisation of mental health services for children and young people.’
According to a survey conducted by the World Federation for Mental Health in 2005, the average waiting time to receive an assessment and subsequent diagnosis is 2.44 years, with 17% waiting for more than five years.
Wow - no wonder these kids have a hard time in school and often fail and fall out before help and diagnosis arrives
The core behaviours of ADHD include being:
Inattentive – unable to concentrate for very long or finish a task, disorganised, often losing things, easily distracted and forgetful, unable to listen when people are talking
Hyperactive – fidgety and unable to sit still, restless (children may be running or climbing much of the time), talking constantly, noisy, having difficulty doing quiet activities
Impulsive – speaking without thinking about the consequences, interrupting, unable to wait or take turns.
First published 26 March 2009
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