Adult ADHD – Symptoms and Treatment

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Adult ADHD is a relatively new field of research. Currently most discussions and research about ADHD treatment options revolve around pediatric patients. Cutting-edge mental health professionals are now asking what happens when children with the condition grow up? Not surprisingly, adult ADHD is the logical answer. With the recent research into adult ADHD, surprising results are showing that symptoms of the condition may not present in some patients until the later years of life.  These adults may have led very “normal” lives as children.

There are many signs and symptoms that trigger testing for adult ADHD, but because symptoms mimic other medical problems, this condition can go undiagnosed, or be mistaken for poor nutrition, lack of sleep, or even unrelated bouts of depression. Adults suffering from this illness may notice that staying focused and completing tasks is often difficult.  Additionally, becoming engrossed in a task to the exclusion of anything else is not an uncommon symptom. Not surprisingly, professionals find that job performances suffer and often promotions pass them by.

As with children, some patients suffer from the inability to remember commitments or instructions.  Chronic disorganization can lead to the inability to live up to task-related expectations that are well within the cognitive capability of the person.  Any or all of these symptoms combined can create emotional difficulties and social inappropriateness which greatly impacts interpersonal and professional relationships.

Adult ADHD can be a dangerous condition because it can spawn secondary conditions, such as anger management problems, depression, heightened stress with physical manifestations and also self-esteem issues. The need for undergoing treatment by a qualified mental health professional is obvious; a person’s overall success and happiness in life may very well be permanently compromised if corrective measures are not taken.

Patients with adult ADHD are treated with a multi-faceted approach that not only helps the person get back on track but also assists with mending any close relationship difficulties. A typical treatment plan may include talk-therapy; often including cognitive-behavioral therapy, to counteract self esteem problems and rid the patient of the emotional baggage that undoubtedly accumulated over time.

Family therapy focuses on helping a spouse or children assist the patient return to wellness. Support groups provide an outlet for sufferers to help them understand that they are not alone, and this condition can be lived with and overcome.  When medication is used, either stimulants or antidepressants, it is frequently used only as an adjunct to behavior modifications. This underscores the need for adults to seek a diagnosis and counseling from a trained psychiatrist, someone at the forefront of combating the far-reaching effects of this illness in the later years of life.

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One Response to “Adult ADHD – Symptoms and Treatment”

  1. Brent says:

    That is very true, symptoms of adult adhd is not visible in childhood days until they began to experience it, I have a known a friend of mine with this condition and really in need of a good friend to have there for him always.
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