NADIA Sawalha is a household name due to regularly appearing on our screens.
The star is best known for being on Loose Women, but what condition does she have?
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What condition does Nadia Sawalha have?
Nadia Sawalha has opened up about being diagnosed with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).
Loose Women viewers were showed a video of the panellist as she talked about her diagnoses.
She said: “There’s so many things in my life I want to forgive myself for after having the diagnosis.
“If you scratch the surface there’s low self-esteem, but I do an amazing job of holding myself up. Something I really struggle with is not being able to drive.
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“Compulsive eating is a big part of ADHD, you have an addictive personality. People with ADHA have a shorter life span.”
Nadia said she is happy to have been diagnosed and she is now on medication.
She added: “I have started medication and I’m feeling so much better now.”
Also in the pre-recorded segment Nadia was seen with her husband Mark Adderley, who has ADHD.
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She said that she was “nervous” for the appointment as Mark said they didn’t need to go through with it as they were adamant she had the condition.
Speaking through tears, Nadia said that she banned herself from driving due to how she felt.
She said: “Years ago I gave myself a lifetime ban on driving and the reason I give is, I lose consciousness, and everyone gets annoyed about this, saying I should pull myself together.”
What is ADHD and how is it diagnosed?
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition that includes symptoms such as being restless and having trouble concentrating.
Symptoms of ADHD can include a short attention span, constantly fidgeting and acting without thinking.
It can often be treated with medicines and talking therapies.
ADHD is diagnosed by undergoing an assessment.
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Those who think they may have ADHD or are experiencing symptoms are asked to go to their GP.
The GP will then refer you for an assessment if symptoms affect day to day life or there is no other explanation for symptoms.