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UCD supported 'ADHD in Adults' app is launched

Posted 10 November 2022

(opens in a new window)new app for people with ADHD in Ireland providing real-time information as well as resources such as meditations and a 'mindful breaks' features has been launched.

The (opens in a new window)'ADHD in Adults' app is a partnership between the (opens in a new window)HSE ADHD in Adults National Clinical Programme, (opens in a new window)ADHD Ireland, and the UCD School of Psychology.

“The app has been developed, based on current research evidence, to provide a wide range of ways for people to manage their own ADHD,” said (opens in a new window)Professor Jessica Bramham, UCD School of Psychology.

“There are now so many more options that can be adapted for the specific needs and preferences of an individual.”

The new app provides information to its users about ADHD, as well as their family and friends, and offers various useful tips and mediations, which vary in length from 30 seconds to 3 minutes, to help deal with different topics such as focus, difficult thoughts and self-compassion.

Speaking at its launch, HSE National Clinical Lead Dr Margo Wrigley said the app was developed "following extensive research and consultation with the ADHD community in Ireland."

“It is clear that it can be overwhelming and stressful for people with ADHD when trying to find accurate support information and resources online.

“The app was developed in collaboration with our partners in direct response to that need. We aim to bridge this information gap in a way that is accessible to all those who need it through their smartphones.

“The app provides self-care and signposting information regarding adult ADHD. It is important to note that is not a treatment programme or a replacement for medical advice and care,” they added.

The 'ADHD in Adults' app is designed to help those:

  • who think they may have ADHD;
  • diagnosed with ADHD and seeking further information;
  • diagnosed with ADHD as children and requiring on-going treatment as adults;
  • attending mental health services in whom ADHD has not been recognised;
  • and family and friends of adults with ADHD.

ADHD impacts approximately 2.5% of the adult population in Ireland, and a lack of knowledge about the neurodevelopmental disorder can contribute to feelings of distress and difficulty in seeking and accepting a diagnosis, said Ken Kilbride, Chief Executive, ADHD Ireland.

“We are delighted to support the launch of the app which aligns with our mission to make life better for people living with ADHD in Ireland.

“[Its content] was developed based on research conducted by University College Dublin’s School of Psychology with support from ADHD Ireland.”

Adding: “We consulted with adults with ADHD who helped to prioritise and suggest content that would best meet their needs. This research is conducted as part of a larger project that aims to develop and evaluate supports for adults with ADHD.”

Minister for Older People and Mental Health, Mary Butler TD said: “[The app] marks an important milestone in bridging the information gap in a way that is accessible to the ADHD community through their smartphones.

“It will provide timely and accurate information also on the existing services including the referral processes involved as well as information on new services as they become available.

“To date the Department of Health has provided €3.1m in funding to establish Adult ADHD teams with future funding pledged to further show our commitment to adults living with ADHD who require support.”

The 'ADHD in Adults' app can be downloaded from the (opens in a new window)Apple or (opens in a new window)Google app stores.

By: David Kearns, Digital Journalist / Media Officer, UCD University Relations