Purpose - The aim of this descriptive study is to highlight the number and co-morbid health needs of adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) presenting to a pilot adult ADHD service. Design/methodology/approach - This study aimed to focus on the epidemiologic data such as total number of referrals, source of referrals, sex ratio, follow-up treatments, and co-morbid diagnosis. The number of referrals between March and October 2009 were looked at. The study population included adults aged 18-65 years including adults with mild intellectual disabilities. A total of 117 adults were referred to the pilot ADHD service for adults and 105 patients were assessed. Findings - The commonest source of referral was from general practice ( n = 60) 57 per cent. New diagnosis of adult ADHD was around ( n = 47) in 39.1 per cent of those who presented. Over 80 per cent of the patients were males. Around ( n = 55), 58 per cent of adults with ADHD had a co-morbid diagnosis. About 4 per cent ( n = 4) of the referrals were from the adult learning disability services. Originality/value - The findings from the descriptive study suggest a significant gap in diagnostic services for adults with ADHD who present with high rates of co-morbidity.
Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities – Pier Professional
Published: Jan 1, 2011
Keywords: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorders