Lottie Moss discusses her ADHD diagnosis and reveals it can lead to ‘substance abuse’

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She was diagnosed with having ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder earlier this year. 

And Lottie Moss took to Instagram Stories on Monday to discuss her diagnosis in a bid to help others, claiming that having the disorder can ‘lead to substance abuse.’ 

She said; ‘I was diagnosed wtih ADHD this year and knowing about it and being on right medication has changed my life and it could save someone else’s.

Trying to help others: Lottie Moss discussed her ADHD diagnosis on Instagram Stories on Monday and revealed the disorder can lead to 'substance abuse'

Trying to help others: Lottie Moss discussed her ADHD diagnosis on Instagram Stories on Monday and revealed the disorder can lead to ‘substance abuse’

She said; 'I was diagnosed wtih ADHD this year and knowing about it and being on right medication has changed my life and it could save someone else's'

She said; ‘I was diagnosed wtih ADHD this year and knowing about it and being on right medication has changed my life and it could save someone else’s’

‘There’s a lot of anxiety, depression and substance abuse that comes with having ADHD, just as a result of not knowing you have it or being misdiagnosed.

‘So if you are anyone you know might have ADHD and you just have a hunch, or you just want to know more about it, please google it and go to a doctor, Find out more because it can be really serious. 

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a behavioural condition defined by inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. 

Honest: In July, Lottie said: 'I was becoming a person I didn’t really like which is why I numbed myself with substances.’ Lottie Moss talks about ADHD and her recent diagnosis

Honest: In July, Lottie said: ‘I was becoming a person I didn’t really like which is why I numbed myself with substances.’ Lottie Moss talks about ADHD and her recent diagnosis

It affects around five per cent of children in the US. Some 3.6 per cent of boys and 0.85 per cent of girls suffer in the UK. 

In July, the Calvin Klein model revealed she had to deal with ‘so many people thinking it’s some made-up thing, or try to tell me how I should feel, or that it isn’t that bad, especially people that haven’t ever had a mental illness’.

Lottie also told her 330,000 followers at the time: ‘My struggles have caused me to act out of character.

‘I was becoming a person I didn’t really like which is why I numbed myself with substances.’ 

Her latest words come after TOWIE star Olivia Attwood was praised by fans for speaking candidly about her own struggles with ADHD.

Speaking on her new ITVBe show Olivia Attwood Meets Her Match, the 29-year-old spoke about her ADHD when discussing her mental health struggles.    

While discussing her upcoming nuptials with footballer Bradley Dack, Olivia described being diagnosed at school, but said she didn’t know she could still have it as an adult. 

The 2017 Love Island star said: ‘Pre-Love Island, I just kind of hit this point where everything came to a head.

Opening up: Olivia Attwood recently spoke about her own ADHD diagnoisis when discussing her mental health struggles on an episode of Olivia Attwood Meets Her Match

Opening up: Olivia Attwood recently spoke about her own ADHD diagnoisis when discussing her mental health struggles on an episode of Olivia Attwood Meets Her Match

‘My anxiety was through the roof, I was fluctuating in and out of mild depression, and I had to actually get some help for it.

‘And the amazing doctor who I was actually treated by, when I was with her for a couple of hours she was like, ‘Have you ever been diagnosed with ADHD?’ and I was like, ‘Yeah, as a child, but you can’t have it as an adult, can you?’

‘And she was like, ‘You absolutely can. I think not being aware of your ADHD tendencies has led you to be really hyperactive and then you’re dealing with anxiety and that’s brought on depression’. 

‘It’s like a big chicken and egg situation.’ 

ABOUT ATTENTION-DEFICIT / HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER 

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a behavioural condition defined by inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.

It affects around five per cent of children in the US. Some 3.6 per cent of boys and 0.85 per cent of girls suffer in the UK. 

Symptoms typically appear at an early age and become more noticeable as a child grows. These can also include:

  • Constant fidgeting 
  • Poor concentration
  • Excessive movement or talking
  • Acting without thinking
  • Little or no sense of danger 
  • Careless mistakes
  • Forgetfulness 
  • Difficulty organising tasks
  • Inability to listen or carry out instructions 

Most cases are diagnosed between six and 12 years old. Adults can also suffer, but there is less research into this.

ADHD’s exact cause is unclear but is thought to involve genetic mutations that affect a person’s brain function and structure.

Premature babies and those with epilepsy or brain damage are more at risk. 

ADHD is also linked to anxiety, depression, insomnia, Tourette’s and epilepsy.  

There is no cure. 

A combination of medication and therapy is usually recommended to relieve symptoms and make day-to-day life easier. 

Source: NHS Choices 

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