How To Recognize ADHD And Treat It

When an someone is diagnosed with ADHD regardless of the age, the treatment is somewhat similar to the treatment administered to a child. However, some ADHD drugs approved for children and teens are not recommended or approved for use in adults.

The most common course of treatment prescribed to people suffering from ADHD includes a combination of medications, psychotherapy (counseling) and treatment for any additional mental health conditions that accompany ADHD. Also incorporated into this treatment is an education about the disorder and how to effectively deal with the symptoms. One major aspect of counseling and education is the introduction of healthy coping skills.

The symptoms and signs of ADHD in adults may be difficult to pinpoint. Therefore, if a person has experienced symptoms in their childhood and teens, chances are that the continued symptoms are related to adult ADHD.  While there is no single test that confirms a diagnosis of ADHD in adults, some tools that physicians use to make a diagnosis include a physical examination (to rule out other physical causes for symptoms); conversing and information gathering (asking questions about personal and family history, including the history of mental health symptoms); and psychological tests and/or ADHD rating scales (helps to collect and evaluate pertinent information).

Many mental health disorders, certain brain-related issues such as trauma and tumors, some thyroid conditions and the inappropriate use of alcohol/drugs all present similar symptoms to those of ADHD.

Adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health disorder suffered by millions of adults. Adults suffering from ADHD often find themselves faced with persistent problems such as hyperactivity, difficulty paying attention and impulsive behavior. Unfortunately, there is a stigma attached to mental disorders, and many adults that suffer with ADHD are hesitant to receive a proper diagnosis and treatment. Adult ADHD can lead to a whole host of difficulties including poor school or work habits and performance, unstable relationships and low self-esteem.

In almost all instances of adult ADHD, an individual experiences symptoms in his or her early childhood, and these symptoms continue into adulthood. In many cases, a person with ADHD goes undiagnosed as a child and it is only recognized during adulthood. Sometimes, adult ADHD symptoms are not as defined as those experienced by children. Those with ADHD tend to act less hyperactive as they get older, but they continue to struggle with restlessness, difficulty paying attention and impulsiveness