ADHD and the pharmacist role
Even though ADHD can necessitate a variety of diagnostic tests, pharmacists are likely to be among the first health care providers to hear about a patient’s symptoms, owing to the higher frequency of interactions than other physicians. Pharmacists who recognize probable ADHD symptoms, whether through casual conversation or a more thorough consultation with a patient or caregiver, can recommend the patient to seek out a local clinician for a more formal evaluation.
Pharmacists can also encourage patients or caregivers, especially those who appear apprehensive, that they are not alone in their struggles. The pharmacist can help the patient and family find persons, professionals, and organizations, as well as provide material to aid in the process and provide support.
Following an ADHD diagnosis, the pharmacist can be a valuable resource for the patient. For some people, the diagnosis may be a relief, but for others, the patient or family may be struggling with a new diagnosis of ADHD due to the stigma connected with mental disorders or the stigma associated with using ADHD medication.
Why do some women wait decades to be diagnosed with ADHD?
Leading psychologists are warning that gender bias is keeping many women with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder misdiagnosed. A late diagnosis can harm relationships and professions, as well as raise the risk of mental health issues like anxiety, depression, and eating disorders.
Dr. Susan Young, a clinical and forensic psychologist, believes the bias begins in childhood, with boys three to four times more likely to be diagnosed.
Boys, according to research, are more prone to engage in disruptive behaviors such as breaking rules or fighting, but females’ symptoms are likely to be more modest.
According to specialists, the diagnostic difference between males and females narrows as people get older. However, while diagnoses for both genders have been on the rise in recent years in England, 33,000 women were diagnosed in 2019-20 compared to more than 100,000 males, according to NHS Digital data.
According to an official with the Department of Health and Social Care in England, guidelines have been modified to make it easier for clinicians to diagnose ADHD in women and girls.
According to a departmental spokesman, there are currently no specialist services for adults with ADHD in Northern Ireland. “Generic mental-health services” are used to meet the demands of patients.
According to the Scottish government, a pilot project is being carried out to enhance the diagnosis of adults with neurodevelopmental problems. The Welsh government plans to conclude a review of all-age neurodevelopmental services by March. Psychologists recommend filling out online ADHD questionnaires and speaking with a doctor for more information.