Adult ADHD Medications and Treatment

Adult Treatment for ADHD

Today, the majority of the population has heard about or seen commercials that address Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in children. This disorder, also known as ADHD, has actually been around for a long time but the problem is growing. However, many people are just now becoming aware that ADHD can also affect adults, which can be extremely, disrupting to both home and work life. In this article, we wanted to specifically, address adult treatment for ADHD. Keep in mind that the first and most important step for any adult is to have a proper evaluation with a reputable doctor that specializes in ADHD.

With this, the appropriate treatment plan can be designed and implemented. The interesting thing about adult ADHD is that as many as 50% had ADHD as a child.

While diagnosing ADHD in children is not overly difficult, with adults it is more of a challenge. The reason is that as adults, most of us live busy, hectic lives, which could account for the distraction, depression lack of concentration, insomnia, and hyperactivity associated with ADHD. Therefore, if you suspect that you have this disorder, you need to talk to a good doctor who can make a firm diagnosis. With that, the adult treatment for ADHD would vary depending on the individual. Remember, while there is a long list of symptoms associated with ADHD, not every adult has the same symptoms or the same intensity of symptoms. The type of adult treatment for ADHD your doctor prescribes would likely involve drugs that serve to stimulate the mind but in many cases, antidepressants, cognitive training, behavioral skills training, and psychotherapy can also be very, beneficial.

Suffering from this disorder typically means at work having trouble grasping simple concepts, not being able to pay attention in meetings, not having the skill to follow through with tasks, and many times, and having difficulty maintaining healthy relationships. At home, families can be torn apart as he mother or father with ADHD no longer helps around the house, is not capable of having the same interaction with the kids as before, feels depressed because of not being "normal", and so on. While many adults with ADHD are reaching out to doctors for adult treatment for ADHD, others are going through a self-diagnosis mode, which can be very dangerous to recovery.

Although conducting research and educating yourself on the disorder is strongly encouraged, it is truly imperative to seek professional help in overcoming the disorder. With the stimulants prescribed, the imbalance of catecholamine metabolism in the cerebral cortex of the brain, which occurs in people with ADHD,is brought back to normal levels. These agents work by enhancing the body’s availability of norepinephrine and dopamine. Just as with children, the most common drug prescribed is Ritalin although today, we see a number of new products on the market that have been successful. For antidepressants used in adult treatment of ADHD, the concentration of catecholamine in the central nervous system is improved. The goal of the antidepressants is that they inhibit the reuptake of norepinephrine and if tricyclic antidepressants are being prescribed, they will help inhibit the reuptake of serotonin.

For the adult living with ADHD, antidepressants are particularly helpful by reducing affective instability while also controlling coexistent mood disturbance. Remember, while self-diagnosis should be handled with carefully, self-therapy is another tool that many people find useful. This means to learn how to plan and organize your day, whether for work or for home. You can also take classes, read books, or listen to audio that teaches you how to avoid distractions by working in a clutter-free environment, arriving to work early when the environment is quiet, using timers to help remind you of appointments and meetings, and breaking large projects down into more manageable tasks. In other words, when it comes to adult treatment for ADHD, you have many viable options, things you and your doctor can agree on – together.

By Amber Snow
Published: 8/9/2007

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