Researchers from the University of London have warned that many adults do not have access to treatment for attention hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) because of a lack of services.
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The team from the University’s School of Pharmacy found that treatment for ADHD trailed off in 15-21 year olds, resulting in a high proportion of adults ending treatment prematurely, despite still exhibiting symptoms of the condition such as inattention and impulsiveness.
Mainstream thought on ADHD had gravitated towards the opinion that the condition only affected children, but using data from a GP database, the researchers found that the decline in the prescription of drugs such as Ritalin trailed off compared with the reported decline in symptoms among adults, indicating that many are still living with the condition and not getting the treatment they need.
Professor Ian Wong, who led the study, said: “The results of our study suggest there is a possibility that treatment is prematurely discontinued in some young adults.”
The Government said that more needed to be done to improve communication between child and adult mental health services.