IF you or a loved one finds it difficult to focus on something without being distracted, have difficulty controlling what you do or say, are less able to control your restlessness when other people seems to be, and are more impulsive then others – it may be ADHD.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a serious psychiatric illness that affects almost 10% of children and 5% of adults worldwide.
ADAG is launching a new toll-free ADHD line - the SADAG ADHD Helpline - made possible by an educational grant by Janssen.
According to the most recent data, up to 10% of South Africans have ADHD. It could be present from birth or early childhood and usually persists throughout a person's lifetime, but is often not recognised or diagnosed.
This toll-free line - 0800 55 44 33 –will be open 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm for education, advice, referral and information on ADHD.
In addition to the new helpline launched, Psychologist Anne Govender will also be launching her new FREE ADHD support group that will take place in KwaDukuza.
Janssen is driven by their commitment to patients, and the fact that they recognise the impact of serious conditions on people's lives, they aim to empower people through disease awareness, education and access to quality care.
Janssen has a long-standing history in making a meaningful difference in global public health, dating back to Dr. Paul Janssen’s pioneering work in mental health and pain medication. Inspired by his legacy, Janssen aims to help more people in more places have access to sustainable, effective healthcare solutions.
Research shows that support groups can help people cope with and recover from a wide variety of problems. They can help you deal with a mental illness diagnosis as well as other various issues.
They are able to provide information on the illness and ways to treat and manage it, as well as help give patients and loved ones names of places where substance abusers can be rehabilitated.
The support group will be launched on Thursday, 25 September with the first meeting taking place at 4pm in Stanger/KwaDukuza.
To attend the FREE Support Group for loved ones dealing with children with ADHD, call Support Group Leader Anne on 084 455 4433.
While barriers to treatment have been reduced in recent years, there is still much stigma, misunderstanding and an environment of blame-and-shame that discourages people from seeking help for mental health disorders, including ADHD.
The disabling consequences of untreated ADHD are often due not to lack of effective treatment but rather limited access to expert knowledge, accurate information, and specialist care. The SADAG ADHD Helpline (0800 55 44 33), made possible through an education grant by Janssen, will give all South Africans access to these