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Tuesday 22nd January 2019
Celebrity Ant McPartlin has revealed he has been diagnosed with ADHD.
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Anthony McPartlin, half of the famous Geordie TV duo Ant and Dec, has revealed he suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

He went public over the issue following a turbulent few months in his life in which he has taken a break from broadcasting after being convicted of drink-driving after a collision and admitting he had an alcohol problem. 

Outlining the diagnosis, he explained: "there are a lot of links to alcohol dependency".

He added: "I was so thoroughly examined and diagnosed, I found stuff out about me I hadn't addressed for years.

"There's a lot of characteristics that held me in good stead working in live television. Richard [Bacon] said the same," referencing the BBC presenter Richard Bacon, who used to work for Radio 5 Live.

He continued: "In my job, having what they call 'popcorn thinking' is good because it means you can jump from one thing to another. Professionally, it's brilliant. Personally, I'm all over the place."

In response, Mr Bacon, who was also in his early 40s when he was diagnosed, tweeted that "Getting an ADHD diagnosis is basically excellent". 

Once diagnosed, sufferers can receive treatment to reduce the symptoms of the behavioural disorder. 

However, while ADHD has been recognised as a childhood disorder, it was only acknowledged to affect adults as well in 2008.

According to the preliminary findings of a recent survey by charity ADHD Action, 96 per cent of adults with the condition suffered either the start of or increase in health or social impacts while awaiting a diagnosis. This can include extreme episodes such as major career or family problems and suicide attempts.

Moreover, diagnosis is often hard to obtain, with a third of patients having to obtain it privately and over half of those diagnosed on the NHS having to wait seven months or more for this. Some parts of the country have no services at all and in other parts people have to wait up to seven years for a diagnosis.
 
Once people knew they had ADHD, this made a considerable difference to their wellbeing, with 92 per cent saying it had improved their lives. 

Written by Angela Newbury

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