Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Understanding ADHD

People with attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have difficulties with attention and/or hyperactivity and impulsivity. They have usually experienced these difficulties since childhood although they may only be diagnosed as adults.

ADHD and ADD symptoms

ADHD symptoms include:

  • Struggling with attention to details
  • Difficulties completing school or work tasks
  • Disorganisation
  • Being fidgety, restless or hyperactive
  • Talking excessively
  • Impatience
  • Impulsivity

This condition can cause problems with:

  • Impulse control
  • Emotional regulation
  • Anger management
  • Substance misuse
  • Eating problems
  • Sleep disorders

ADD/ADHD can also impact a person’s education, work, daily activities, relationships and quality of life.

ADHD or ADD is thought to be present in about 4-5% of the adult population and is generally under-recognised in women.

You have a greater probability of having ADHD if:

  • A close family member has being diagnosed with ADHD
  • You have epilepsy
  • You have a neurodevelopmental disorder e.g. autism, tic disorder, a learning disability/difficulties
  • You have another mental health condition
  • You have a history of substance misuse or eating disorders
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ADHD assessments

With the right treatment, people with ADHD can improve considerably and achieve their real potential.


If you experience the symptoms above, it would be helpful to explore an ADHD/ADD assessment. Head to our neurodevelopmental assessments page for more details.

Frequently asked questions

If you’re noticing that you are struggling with your attention and ability to focus this can be a good time to seek support. If you don’t have a diagnosis yet, you will first need a specialist assessment to confirm that you have ADHD. If you already have your diagnosis, we will be able to explore the different treatment options with you.
ADHD is usually treated with medication so you will need to see a specialist who will talk you through the different options and prescribe you with the right medication. In addition, we can offer Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) which will teach you skills to manage your symptoms.
Please see our neurodevelopmental assessments page for more details.

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Athena Lazaridou

Athena is a Pilates instructor with 8 years’ experience in the field. After completing a Power Pilates Mat Certification in Athens, she went on to complete the Full Comprehensive Classical Pilates Certification with Equinox in Kensington.  She has been teaching Pilates at Equinox for the past 6 years in addition to her own private clients who she trains both face to face and virtually.

Athena has a passion for helping people get stronger and fitter as well as helping those recovering from injury regain their strength and mobility.  Over the years, she has worked with athletes to incorporate Pilates into their training and improve performance. Athena has also worked with prenatal and postnatal women who may be experiencing depression or other mental health difficulties and used Pilates to facilitate a positive impact on their mental health.

Athena is very passionate about improving physical and mental well-being and has recently incorporated Sound Healing into her work, as she believes it to be one of the best ways of ‘letting go’ and releasing stale energy whilst increasing greater self-awareness.