New research to be carried out by British Paediatric Surveillance Unit.
Surveillance of children and adolescents with ADHD in transition between children’s services and adult services (CATCh-uS) focuses on what happens to young people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) when they are too old to stay with children’s services.
Once generally accepted, ADHD is seen as a developmental disorder of children, and so mental health services for adults are not set up to manage young adults who have ADHD and continue to want support to cope with their lives.
Existing work suggests that young people with developmental disorders like ADHD are unlikely to transfer to adult mental health services, though there has yet to be an in depth study of this issue in the UK.
This will be the first national study to examine how many young people are in need of services for ADHD as adults. How current service users and service providers experience this transition will also be explored.