Nadia Sawalha breaks down in tears as she reveals her ‘life-changing’ ADHD diagnosis on Loose Women

NADIA Sawalha revealed her ‘life changing condition’ for the first time on Loose Women today.

The 57-year-old TV star told the panel she had been diagnosed with ADHD.

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Nadia Sawalha opened up about her life-changing condition on Loose Women today
Nadia's husband, Mark Adderley, also lives with the disease

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Nadia’s husband, Mark Adderley, also lives with the diseaseCredit: Instagram
Nadia was seen in tears after her diagnosis was confirmed

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Nadia was seen in tears after her diagnosis was confirmed

Nadia made a film about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder for the daytime show and discovered that she had been living with the condition since childhood.

The mum-of-two, who recently feared she might have early-onset dementia, opened up about her symptoms which are characterized by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.

She told ADHD specialist Rebecca: “I couldn’t sit quietly without noise, I have to wear something to relax.

“Years ago I gave myself a lifetime ban from driving and the reason I give is that I’m passing out.

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“Everyone gets mad about it, saying I should pull myself together.”

The star was overcome with emotion as she added, “But actually the idea that I might…”

At the end of the assessment, Rebecca confirmed Nadia’s diagnosis and said, “Your symptoms are consistent with ADHD.”

“I don’t know why it makes me cry, sorry!” Nadia responded through tears.

Back in the studio, she was applauded for her honest film and spoke more about the condition that her husband Mark Adderley also lives in.

She said she had suffered from compulsive eating in the past, telling the panel: “The fact is that you are at very high risk for addictive behavior.

“It’s not just dumb people running around doing dumb things.”

Nadia said she has also started medication and hopes one day to be able to drive without losing her concentration.

She said: “If all of this resonates with you, study it a bit more because I’m discovering so much now. I’ve now started taking medication and things are really changing.”

Viewers praised the star for sharing her journey and one wrote on Twitter: “So proud of you @nadia”

Another shared her story and wrote: “Watching #LooseWomen I don’t know why it was after football…they are about women with ADHD who were diagnosed later in life…c is so sad because Nadia talks about not being able to drive – and that’s me 💀”

What are the symptoms of ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can be categorized into two types of behavior problems: inattention and hyperactivity.

While most people experience symptoms in both of these ways, this is not always the case.

The NHS reveals that the symptoms are…

  • Inattention
  • have a short attention span and are easily distracted
  • making careless mistakes – for example, in school work
  • appear forgetful or lose things
  • being unable to stick to tedious or time-consuming tasks
  • seems unable to listen to or carry out instructions
  • ever-changing activity or task
  • have difficulty organizing tasks
  • Hyperactivity and impulsivity
  • being unable to sit still, especially in a calm or quiet environment
  • constantly fidget
  • being unable to concentrate on tasks
  • excessive physical movement
  • talk excessively
  • act without thinking
  • interrupt conversations
  • little or no sense of danger
  • mood swings, irritability and quick temper

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