Postcode lottery chaos and misconceptions of mental health condition lead to delayed treatment, harming chances of education and future prospects
Children with ADHD are waiting up to two years for a diagnosis in the UK, harming their chances of education and prospects for the future, say experts.
ADHD – attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – is a recognised mental health condition. Psychological support and medication can transform children’s lives and those of their families. Yet data seen by the Guardian shows a chaotic situation, with some children being seen by children’s mental health specialists within a couple of weeks but most having to wait for months or years.