Meet George Sharpe. George is a reporter for Greatest Hits Dorset and was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as a child. Sadly, that isn’t the case for many, who go through years of misdiagnosis and waiting lists.
It takes an average of 104 weeks [2 Years] to get a diagnosis of ADHD in England, something that George Sharpe wants MPs to act on.
He’s lodged a UK Government & Parliament petition to review and fund improved diagnosis and treatment of ADHD which currently has 13,111 signatures. That’s a great start and having passed the 10,000 signature mark, has resulted in a written response from the Government on 4th December 2020 regarding this petition.
For ADHD voices to be heard and taken notice of, the petition needs to obtain 100,000 signatures so that it can be considered for debate in Parliament. With over 20,000 people estimated to be currently languishing on NHS waiting lists and with all the friends, relatives and partners who are close to and support those who are either aware of their symptoms but are undiagnosed or have been diagnosed; reaching 100,000 signatures should be easy!
The clock is ticking and the deadline for this petition is 20th April 2021 (all petitions run for 6 months). This is a golden opportunity to show those in a position to effect positive change, how with better NHS provisioning, quality of life for individuals with ADHD symptoms can be vastly improved.
ADHD is one of the easiest conditions to treat. No, ADHD can’t be cured BUT using a multimodal approach to treatment, ADHD symtoms can be reduced considerably and that experience is life changing.
You can read the full article in the Daily Echo about George and follow his progress as he walks 104 miles to Westminster (#ADHD104) to hand in his petition and raise awareness of ADHD.
With 1 in 20 people thought to have ADHD, it’s highly likely that you know at least one person who has ADHD symptoms and they probably don’t even know it!
By learning more about ADHD, you could be the one to start that person on their life changing journey to a better, easier future.
‘SHARE SHARE SHARE’ the Petition link – By spreading the word, and most important of all, by signing the petition, you are showing that ADHD Matters To You.