ADHD in people with Intellectual Disability: a new video resource

03 Nov 2023

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new video on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in people with Intellectual Disability (ID).

ADHD is highly prevalent among individuals with Intellectual Disability (ID), with current studies indicating that approximately 1/5 people with ID may have coexisting ADHD. Despite the strong evidence supporting the effectiveness of ADHD treatments and interventions, this comorbidity remains largely underdiagnosed. This means that individuals with ID and ADHD are at high risk of not receiving the recommended treatments and interventions, impeding their overall well-being and functioning.

Drawing on current research conducted on ADHD in the ID population, the video output about this project was funded by NIHR ARC North Thames via Mental Health Research for All (MH-ALL) springboard funding. It serves as a valuable resource to foster understanding and knowledge among diverse stakeholders.

Bhathika Perera, MH-ALL springboard awardee, says: “The overarching goal of this video is to raise awareness of ADHD in the ID context. I hope that this supports individuals with ID and ADHD, and their caregivers and clinical teams to provide these individuals with better support, outcomes and quality of life. I also hope that this inspires further research focusing on ADHD within the ID context, ultimately driving increased funding support in this area.”

By increasing awareness and understanding of this comorbidity, this project encourages timely and appropriate diagnoses, to improve outcomes and quality of life for individuals with ID and ADHD.

Watch the video on YouTube here.


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