Frequently Asked Questions

We try to answer a lot of the questions either via the main pages (such as About ADHD) or, if they don’t have such an obvious home, then here. If you’ve got a question that isn’t answered then please get in touch. Your question is likely wanted to be known by others.

Do I need to notify the DVLA that I have ADHD?

ADHD is not an automatically notifiable condition for the DLVA. That means it is not an absolute requirement to notify them of any diagnosis; however, you must tell the DVLA if your ADHD or your ADHD medication affects your ability to drive safely. That means you should use your own judgement as to whether you should notify them. If in any doubt you should take medical advice. If you are still in any doubt you should probably notify. The DVLA’s page on ADHD can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/adhd-and-driving

Disclaimer: This was correct at the time of writing and is not formal advice. For formal advice please contact the DVLA and a medical professional.

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Is there a link between ADHD and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) or CPTSD (Childhood Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)

ADHD is a neurological and developmental disorder. The symptons can sometimes be missed until later in life but it is a condition someone has had all their life. PTSD or CPTSD is the result of a traumatic event. It causes physiological, cognitive, and emotional changes that can be confused with ADHD but are fundamentally very different.

ADDitude magazine has a good article on this: https://www.additudemag.com/ptsd-symptoms-adhd-diagnosis-difficult/