The concept of ADHD in adults is relatively new. It was previously thought that ADHD was a childhood disorder and disappeared as a child matured. It is now known that symptoms of ADHD can continue into adulthood and continue to cause problems.
For more information on ADHD in adults:
- How ADHD Symptoms Manifest in Adults
- When to See a Doctor About ADHD
- Diagnosing Adult ADHD
- Diagnosis Complications
Treatment for ADHD is relatively the same in children and adults. A combination of medication and behavioral therapies has been found to be the most effective. Some adults prefer not to take medication, using strategies such as organizational tools and reminder systems to overcome some of the symptoms of ADHD. Others use medication on an “as-needed” basis and yet others take medication on a daily basis. Your symptoms and your life-style will determine what is best for you.
For more information on treating adult ADHD:
- Behavior Modification for Adults
- When to See a Doctor About ADHD
- ADHD - Creating a Treatment Plan
- The Role of Medication in ADHD Treatment
- Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before Beginning Medication
In addition to medical treatment, it is important to find strategies to help in everyday life. The following links provide tips and suggestions for overcoming some of the daily struggles of adult ADHD.
For more information on managing symptoms of adult ADHD:
- Managing adult ADHD symptoms: A chat with ADHD Coach Rudy Rodriquez
- 10 Coping Mechanisms for Thriving With Adult ADHD
- Never Be Late Again
- Creating a Simple Budget
- Twenty Five Tips for Time Management for Adults with ADHD
- Ten Ways to Relieve Stress in Less Than 5 Minutes
- Stop Obsessing
- Procrastination & ADHD
- Taming Your ADHD Eating Habits
- Managing Hypersensitivities in Adults
Creativity, high energy levels and innovative problem solving are some of the characteristics of ADHD that enhance workplace performance. Some adults with ADHD also indicate their ability to hyper-focus allows them to complete more in a shorter amount of time. But some ADHD traits can make it difficult to perform well. Forgetfulness, inattention to detail, poor listening skills, hyperactivity, and short attention spans can create problems in the workplace.
For more information on coping and succeeding with ADHD at work:
- ADHD at Work
- Workplace Accommodations for Adults with ADHD
- The Americans With Disabilities Act
- Self-Advocacy in the Workplace
- Finding Your ADHD Friendly Job
- Going on Vacation with Adult ADHD
- 10 Tips for Improving Work Performance
Relationships can also be a problem for adults with ADHD. They may be accused of not listening because of inattentivenes or not caring because of forgetfulness. Communication is a often a difficult area for adults with ADHD.
For more information on managing adult ADHD in relationships:
- Tips for Success in Adult Relationships with ADHD
- 10 Things Your Partner Wants You to Know
- When Messy Meets Neat
- Tips on Maintaining Friendships
- How to Be a Better Listener
- Can ADHD Enhance Your Relationship
Eileen Bailey is a freelance health writer. She is the author of What Went Right: Reframe Your Thinking for a Happier Now, Idiot’s Guide to Adult ADHD, Idiot’s Guide to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Essential Guide to Overcoming Obsessive Love, and Essential Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome. She can be found on Twitter @eileenmbailey and on Facebook at eileenmbailey.