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Adult ADHD

ADHD, once considered to be a childhood disorder, is now known to continue into adulthood.  Learn more about the symptoms, treatment options and management techniques for coping and living successfully with ADD and ADHD in adulthood.

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  • One Good Reason Why You Shouldn’t Procrastinate
    Expert Terry Matlen talks about her personal experience with procrastination and why you might just want to stop and get things in order.
  • How to Be a Better Listener
    Listening is an art form. Having ADHD and learning to listen is a skill that you can hone with practice and patience. Expert Terry Matlen offers 15 suggestions for becoming a better listener.
  • When ADHD Throws You a Curve
    Life is full of unexpected twists and turns. For many, these are just minor bumps along the road of life, for those with ADHD, however, they can be distractions and can throw off your entire day (or week). Expert Terry Matlen talks about managing the curve balls life throws at you.
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  • Managing Hypersensitivities in Adults
    Expert Terry Matlen discusses how hypersensitivities, also known as sensory defensivenss, can impact adults with ADHD and explains how to help cope with this issue.
  • ADHD and Hypersensitivities
    Expert Terry Matlen talks about hypersensitivities in both adults and children with ADHD. Hypersensitivity can include being uncomfortable in tight clothes or clothes with tags but can also include dislike of certain textures of food. Read more about this and how you can better cope with it.
  • The Gifts of ADHD
    Eileen Bailey explains Dr. Ned Hallowell's perception that ADHD should be looked at as a gift rather than a liability.
  • Overcoming the "Winter Blues"
    Depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder can impact many adults with ADHD. Find ways to overcome the winter blues so often associated with long, cold winters.
  • Why Vacations Make Us Crazy
    When routine is disrupted by vacation or holiday weekends, it can create havoc in the lives of adults with ADHD.  Keeping your plans simple and taking your family's ADHD into consideration can help to make vacations a little less stressful. 
  • Taming Your ADHD Eating Habits
    Research has shown a correlation between ADHD and obesity. Expert Terry Matlen offers tips to help people with ADHD improve your health. 
  • 10 Tips for Improving Work Performance
    Expert Terry Matlen discusses ideas for helping adults with ADHD make the most of their work day.
  • ADHD and Work Performance
    A recent study published in the online edition of the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine reported that adults with ADHD suffered low job performance and more absences and accidents compared to their non ADHD counterparts.
  • ADHD and Sleep Problems
    Many adults with ADHD have a hard time falling asleep. Dr. Ari Tuckman describes some of the reasons for insomnia in adults with ADHD. 
  • Tips on Maintaining Friendships
    Sometimes, adults with ADHD have a difficult time keeping friends. They may blurt out responses, or say something offensive, without meaning to. Expert Eileen Bailey offers tips to maintaining friendships. 
  • There is Strength in Acceptance
    Dr. Ari Tuckman discusses the importance of accepting those challenges in your life that you can not change and work on improving what you can change.
  • When Messy Meets Neat
    When one partner is "messy" and the other is "neat" it can cause tension in the relationship. Expert Eileen Bailey offers suggestions on how to deal with this situation.
  • Finding Home: Support Groups for Adults with ADHD
    Evelyn Polk Green, President of ADDA discusses the benefits of joining a support group for adults with ADHD.
  • ADHD in the Elderly
  • Procrastination & ADHD
    Adults with ADHD frequently procrastinate. Expert Terry Matlen offers tips for managing procrastination. 
  • Overwhelmed, Overcome and Over It!
    Evelyn Polk Green, President of ADDA, shares her thoughts on how adults with ADHD quickly become overwhelmed and how quickly they are also able to recover and move on with their day.
  • Stop Obsessing
    Expert Terry Matlen talks about how many adults with ADHD spend times worrying and obsessing and offers tips on how to reduce this in your life.
  • Ten Tips for Saying "No"
    Are your over-booked and over-stressed. Expert Eileen Bailey offers tips to help you simplify your life by saying "no" to all the many requests for your time.
  • The Americans With Disabilities Act
    The Americans With Disabilities Act covers ADHD in the workplace but having ADHD does not guarantee accommodations. Find out if you are eligible for protection under this law.
  • When ADHD Makes You Laugh
    Expert Terry Matlen shares her thoughts on the more humorous side side of adult ADHD.
  • ADHD and Creativity
    Although studies have not yet found a link between ADHD and creativity, expert Terry Matlen explains why she believes people with ADHD have creative tendencies.
  • How to Advocate For Yourself
    Much is written about advocating for your child with ADHD or other special needs. But what about the unique needs of adults with ADHD? How are we taking care of ourselves?
  • Letting Go: Embracing the New You
    When diagnosed with ADHD many adults will wonder what life may have been like had they known earlier. But instead of looking back, look forward to "the new you." 
  • Denial of ADHD in Adults
    Many adults with ADHD cannot accept a diagnosis of ADHD and do not seek treatment. When you are the spouse of an adult that chooses not to receive treatment, life can be difficult. Understand the different reasons for denial and how you can better cope with the situation in your relationship.
  • 10 Things Your Partner Wants You to Know
    Eileen Bailey compiles a helpful list that you should share with your partner.
  • Behavior Modification for Adults
    We often hear about behavior modification programs for children. But what about adults with ADHD? How would a behavioral program be set up to help them take control of their lives. Eileen Bailey explains what one may look like. 
  • Ten Ways to Relieve Stress in Less Than 5 Minutes
    Stress creeps into our lives every day and can interfere with out productivity and our ability to cope with family situations. Suggestions for stress relieve that you can do in five minutes.
  • Diagnosis Complications
    Dr. Ballas explains some of the complications that arise when an adult seeks a diagnosis of ADHD. 
  • Preparing for Time Away From Work
    For many people with ADHD, returning to work after a vacation can be overwhelming. Preparing for your return before you leave can help to make the transition back to work easier. 
  • Twenty Five Tips for Time Management for Adults with ADHD
    Time management (or the lack of it) is one of the frequent difficulties adults with ADHD face. Here are twenty five tips for helping develop better time management skills.
  • Creating a Simple Budget
    Adults with ADHD frequently have problems managing money. They may impulsively spend or simply lose track of what they have spent. Here are simple steps to creating a simple family budget.
  • ADHD and High Risk Behavior
    Is there a link between engaging in high risk behaviors and ADHD? Eileen Bailey looks at several studies that research this topic.
  • Workplace Accommodations for Adults with ADHD
    Adults with ADD/ADHD can request accommodations in the workplace under the Americans with Disabilities Act. ADHD will not automatically justify special services, there are some adults that will qualify to receive extra assistance. 
  • Finding Your ADHD Friendly Job
    Some adults with ADHD struggle with finding a job that provides the structure yet allows them to use the creativity that often accompanies ADHD. Tips and suggestions for helping determine what type of job may work best for you.
  • Spouse Denial
    Eileen Bailey shares the experiences of two women who dealt with a spouse with ADHD. Together these women came up with a plan to try to successfully resolve the issues in their relationships.
  • ADHD - The Positive Side
    The three major symptoms of ADHD: hyperactivity, impulsiveness and inattention can create many problems in people’s lives.  They can interfere with relationships, school and work.  But there are also many positive characteristics of adult ADD/ADHD.
  • ADHD in Women
    Women with ADD or ADHD often cope with a unique set of symptoms, many of which are not usually described in clinical journals and books, but which many clinicians observe in their female clients. Learn more about the symptoms, treatment and coping strategies for adult women with ADHD.
  • When to See a Doctor About ADHD
    Adult ADD/ADHD is a relatively new concept, but with proper medical care, adults with AD/HD can live successful and productive lives. The following guidelines will help you determine whether or not it it time to see a doctor.
  • Diagnosing Adult ADHD
    Our ADHD Expert Eileen Bailey tells you what you need to know about the diagnosis and treatment of adult ADHD.
  •  How ADHD Symptoms Manifest in Adults
    ADHD is unique in each individual, and can be even more difficult to determine symptoms of ADHD in adults.  Check out a list of guidelines that can help.
  • Never Be Late Again
    One of the largest complaints of adults with ADD/ADHD is their chronic tardiness.  Read on for strategies to help improve constant lateness.
  • Tips for Improving Your Self-Esteem
    People with ADHD often suffer from low self-esteem as they struggle to work through social situations, organization, and job situations. However, increasing self-esteem is possible. Find tips for improving self-image and feelings of self-worth.
  • Learning to Live With ADHD
    Our Expert Deborah Gray shares her coping strategies for living successfully with depression and ADHD, and explains why receiving a diagnosis in her late 30s was such a relief.
  • Tips for Success in Adult Relationships with ADHD
    While managing adult relationships with ADHD can be a challenge, with the right combination of communication and teamwork, these relationships can be successful, fulfilling and fun.
  • 10 Coping Mechanisms for Thriving With Adult ADHD
    Adults with ADHD must face daily distractions and obstacles, here are some helpful hints to help manage ADHD symptoms.
  • Self-Advocacy in the Workplace
    Whether or not you choose to discuss ADHD with your boss, there are steps you can take to manage your condition successfully in the workplace.  
  • ADHD at Work
    Creativity, high energy levels and innovative problem solving are some of the characteristics of ADHD that enhance workplace performance. However, some ADHD traits make it difficult to perform well. Get tips to help manage your symptoms of ADHD in the workplace.