Adults with ADHD

Eileen Bailey Health Guide
  • What are some of the common symptoms of ADHD in adults?

      

    Most information is written on children with ADHD, however, it is now known that ADHD doesn't disappear.  Some of characteristics of ADHD in adults are: 

    • Lose things easily
    • Forgetful
    • Jumping from one task to another without completing tasks
    • Difficulty following conversations
    • Difficulty in self motivation
    • Difficulty following timed schedule
    • Constant movement, fidgety
    • Easily bored
    • Becomes restless quickly
    • Desire for intense, highly active or risky activities
    • Interrupts others while speaking
    • Blurt out answers before hearing the end of the question
    • Can be easily angered
    • Low tolerance for frustration
    • Unpredictable moods  

      

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    How is ADHD treated in adults?

      

    ADHD is treated similar in adults as it is with children.  The most effective treatment found is to be a combination of medication and behavior modification.  Behavior modification can be implemented with the help of a significant other, a counselor or a coach specializing in ADHD. 

     

    Coaching is another option.  Coaches help adults with ADHD in finding solutions for everyday problems, learning about ADHD and managing symptoms that may be interfering with daily life or work.

      

    What medications are used to treat adults with ADHD?

      

    The same medications used to treat children are also used to treat adults.  Some of the commonly prescribed stimulant medications are Ritalin, Dexedrine, Adderall, and Concerta. Strattera is a non-stimulant medication approved for treating symptoms of ADHD

     

    Some doctors debate over the issue of stimulant medication for adults with prior substance abuse problems, as these drugs have a potential for abuse.  Some doctors argue that the substance abuse may have been the result of previously undiagnosed or untreated ADHD.  Others argue that the risk of abuse is too high and will not prescribe stimulant medication for adults that have abused drugs in the past.

     

    These medications may also not be good for patients with a history of high blood pressure or heart disease.

     

    Anti-depressant medications are sometimes used as a replacement. 

      

    What treatment options are available for adults?

      

    In addition, or in place of medication, many adults with ADHD find counseling or therapy to be helpful.  Long time habits can be worked on and changed with the help of professionals knowledgeable about ADHD in adults. 

     

    For adults that have struggled for many years with ADHD, psychotherapy can be helpful in overcoming the depression and low self-esteem that may have developed.

     

    ADD Coaching is relatively new, however, many adults find a coach to be extremely helpful in developing strategies for management of ADD symptoms.

     

Published On: April 15, 2009