Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is common in adults

We often equate ADHD with children, but ADHD symptoms frequently persist into adulthood.  The problems present in childhood, such as difficulty paying attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior, may also plague adults. Adult ADHD can lead to unstable relationships, poor work performance, low self-esteem and other problems.  In some cases, ADHD is not diagnosed until adulthood.  Adult ADHD symptoms may not be as recognizable as those in children. Hyperactivity may decrease, but struggles with impulsiveness, restlessness and difficulty paying attention may continue.

ADHD Treatment Options for Adults 

Treatment for both childhood and adult ADHD includes medications, psychological counseling (psychotherapy) as well as diagnosis and treatment for any mental health conditions that may occur along with ADHD such as eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and others. 

At Mind Therapy Clinic, we include psychological treatments like behavioral therapy, psychiatric medication, and neuropsychological rehabilitation to treat ADHD symptoms.  Some forms of brain imaging can also be helpful in determining whether a child, teen, or adult is likely to require medication for treatment. In many cases, non-medication treatments such as nutritional supplementation, behavioral therapy, and neurofeedback may be effective alternatives. However, when medications are necessary we also employ these technologies to help ensure that the patient is on the optimal medication regimen.

Natural ADHD Treatment for Adults without Drugs 

Psychotherapy aims at modifying and improving behavior. It is usually implemented by including and teaching parents, family members and others special techniques that improve behavior, such as token reward systems. Changes in the home and school environment may also be applied. For children, the help of teachers and caregivers is essential in implementing a treatment regimen. Their input and feedback are vital information that we use for follow-ups and assessments of the patient. Other therapies that may be beneficial include:

  • Family therapy to help loved ones deal with the stress of living with someone who has ADHD
  • Social skills training to help a person with ADHD learn to be more socially acceptable or appropriate
  • Neurofeedback and training helps the brain to function more efficiently

It's important to understand that ADHD treatment requires close cooperation between the family, teachers, and all healthcare professionals that are involved.

 

Are you an adult with undiagnosed ADHD?

When you think of person with ADHD, you may envision someone fidgeting or talking really fast.  By adulthood, however, most people have learned to cope with their challenges as best they can so the symptoms of ADHD are not as obvious. Oftentimes, these coping mechanisms become problematic, as in self medicating through alcohol or drugs.   

Do you:

Struggle to pay attention?
Often fidget or can't sit still?
Often interrupt others and have trouble waiting for your turn?
Struggle with organizing tasks or activities?
Have difficulties following through with instructions or finishing projects?
Feel calmer and soothed when you take drugs or alcohol?
 

Treatment for Children and Teens with ADHD

Psychiatric treatment for teens with ADHD also includes a combination of medication, psychological assessment, education, and social strategies. Adolescents with ADHD are often misunderstood by others. Negative responses affect the child’s outlook and self-esteem. Teenagers who have difficulties in school and with friends, or if they have ongoing negative thoughts about themselves may benefit from:

  • Neuropsychological evaluation to fully assess attention deficit and other learning issues
  • Psychiatric treatment including psychiatric medication
  • Psychotherapies to help address emotional and social issues
  • Family therapy to help the family find harmony and stability at home
  • Parents may also benefit from a support group to share their feeling and emotions
  • Neurofeedback to train the brain to process information more efficiently without using medication.