Understanding Adult ADD/ADHD

ADHD in children is among the most widely diagnosed and treated childhood development conditions; however, this problem with inattentiveness, impulsiveness and hyperactivity can carry through to adulthood. In fact, it is estimated that approximately 4% of all adults in the United States suffer with the effects of adult ADD or adult ADHD. Unfortunately, even with an estimated 8 million adults struggling with this problem, very few are actually diagnosed and treated.

the mind of someone with adult add adhd depicted as a head made of scribbled linesPeople who struggle with adult ADD ADHD symptoms often do not even recognize the problem, but they sure understand the devastating consequences of this often frustrating and difficult condition. While others are able to complete tasks in a timely manner, the adult suffering with ADD can be left feeling inadequate or just plain dumb. They often wonder why they are unable to meet the demands that seem so manageable for others.

While the symptoms for adult ADD or ADHD are similar to those found in children. The inattentiveness and inability to focus, complete tasks, or even manage organizational skills coupled with hyperactivity for those with adult ADHD, can often cause serious consequences. After all, employers expect tasks to be completed on time and projects that are late or not organized or presented in a coherent manner can have negative consequences on your income as well as employment status. Fortunately, it is possible to manage and treat adult attention deficit disorder as well as adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. However, the first step in any successful treatment plan is to first be diagnosed by a qualified professional.

Some of the symptoms that many adults may not be aware of include mood swings, difficulty controlling anger, depression, problems with relationships, chronic boredom, difficulty concentrating, low tolerance for frustration, poor organizational skills, addiction or substance abuse, procrastination, low self-esteem, anxiety, employment problems and even chronic forgetfulness or lateness. These symptoms can often have a detrimental impact on family relationships as well as friendships and employment. However, for the adult suffering with ADD or ADHD, the inability to control these problems is not a matter of carelessness or laziness. Just like the child who can benefit from the right treatment plan, adults too will sometimes need medical intervention to help them cope more effectively.

When considering adult ADD/ADHD treatment options, it is important to remember that each individual is unique. A qualified professional will help diagnose and establish an appropriate treatment plan based on the severity of the symptoms and the individual being treated. One of the leading treatment options for adults with ADD/ADHD is the use of prescribed stimulants; however, these stimulants can easily be abused due to difficulty in adhering to dosing directions, the ease of having the stimulant readily available, especially during the most trying times, and of course, the short acting nature of stimulants in general can lead to not following dosing instructions carefully.

Other effective forms of treatment for adult ADD or ADHD include implementing relaxation techniques, behavior modification and therapy and even mentoring. Managing ADD and ADHD symptoms is not always easy, but there are treatment options and with the right treatment plan, adults suffering with these conditions can dramatically increase their quality of life.

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