free woman Team member Nadia Sawalha shared the “life-changing” diagnosis she received after conducting an investigation into how ADHD affects women specifically. After an evaluation, Sawalha was found to have symptoms “consistent with ADHD”.
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What did Nadia Sawalha say about the loose woman?
During the pre-recorded segment on free womanSawalha underwent an evaluation for ADHD and spoke to others diagnosed with the condition, including her husband, Mark Adderley.
Sawalha met with specialist Rebecca Whelan to go through her assessment, which in part saw her look back on things throughout her childhood and adult life, reflecting on her thoughts, feelings and the way she handled things. In part, Sawalha indicated that low self-esteem prevented her from driving due to a “failure.”
At the end of her evaluation, the specialist told Sawalha, “Your symptoms are consistent with ADHD.”
In response to the news, Sawalha was moved and said, “I don’t know why this makes me cry, sorry!”
Back in the live studio, Sawalha gave her co-stars an update on how things have been going since her diagnosis, and encouraged viewers to get themselves checked.
She said, “I couldn’t accept that there was some reason for all the chaos I had been through my whole life.”
Sawalha added, “If any of this resonates with you, just investigate it further because now I am figuring out a lot of things. I am now starting to take medication and things are really changing for me.”
What is ADHD?
ADHD stands for “attention deficit hyperactivity disorder,” a condition that can affect a person’s behavior — people with ADHD may appear restless, may have difficulty concentrating and may often find themselves acting impulsively.
The NHS states that symptoms of ADHD tend to be noticed at an early age, and most cases are diagnosed when children are under 12, but you can be diagnosed at any age. ADHD symptoms can improve with age, yet adults diagnosed with ADHD as children tend to continue to suffer from problems throughout their lives.
While the exact cause of ADHD is unknown, research has shown that the condition can run in families, and there are some factors that have been suggested as likely contributing to ADHD, such as:
- premature birth (before the 37th week of pregnancy)
- Low birth weight
- Smoking, alcohol or drug use during pregnancy
There is no cure for ADHD, but there are things that can help – for children, it can be managed through appropriate educational support, advice and support for parents and affected children, along with medication, if needed. or adults with ADHD, medication is often the first treatment given, although psychological therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) may also help.
What are the symptoms of ADHD?
Symptoms of ADHD can be divided into two types of behavioral problems – inattention, which refers to difficulty concentrating and concentrating, and hyperactivity and impulsivity.
Many people with ADHD have problems that fall into both categories, but this isn’t always the case for everyone.
According to the NHS, about 2 to 3 in 10 people with ADHD have problems with focus and concentration, but not hyperactivity or impulsivity. This type of ADHD is also referred to as attention deficit disorder (ADD).
Symptoms of ADHD in children and adolescents are well defined.
The main symptoms of inattention are:
- Having a short attention span and getting distracted easily
- Making careless mistakes – eg, in schoolwork
- Appearing forgetful or missing things
- Inability to commit to strenuous or time-consuming tasks
- He seems unable to listen or carry out instructions
- Constantly changing activity or task
- Having trouble organizing tasks
The main signs of hyperactivity and impulsivity are:
- Inability to sit still, especially in calm or quiet surroundings
- Constant fidgeting
- Inability to focus on tasks
- Excessive physical movement
- Excessive speech
- Not being able to wait their turn
- act without thinking
- Interrupt conversations
- Little or no sense of danger
ADHD symptoms in adults tend to be more subtle than childhood symptoms.
Some specialists have suggested the following as a list of symptoms associated with ADHD in adults:
- Negligence and lack of attention to detail
- Constantly starting new tasks before completing old ones
- Weak organizational skills
- Inability to focus or set priorities
- Constantly losing or misplacing things
- Restlessness and panic
- Difficulty keeping calm and speaking out of turn
- Blur responses and often interrupt others
- Mood swings, irritability and quick anger
- Inability to deal with stress
- Extreme impatience
- Risky activities, often with little or no regard for personal safety or the safety of others – for example, driving dangerously
If you think you or your child may have ADHD, you should speak to your GP. While your doctor can’t formally diagnose ADHD, he or she can discuss any concerns with you and can refer you for a private evaluation if necessary.