ADHD in Adults

Is ADHD real?

There is no longer any doubt that ADHD is a real condition and, although the cause is unknown and there is no cure, there are effective treatments. ADHD is often diagnosed in children who are hyperactive, easily distracted, and disruptive. And although some children will outgrow the condition, a significant number have symptoms that persist into adulthood.

Can adults who were not diagnosed as children have ADHD?

It’s not unusual for individuals with milder forms of ADHD who coped well as youngsters to find that they have problems keeping up with the greater demands of college, graduate school, or a job. They often look for help because of difficulty concentrating, procrastination, and trouble finishing assignments or tasks.

How is ADHD diagnosed in adults?

Adult ADHD is usually diagnosed by a thorough evaluation of an individual’s academic, occupational, family, and social history. There are also standardized assessments that can aid in the diagnosis.

How is ADHD treated?

Treatment of ADHD generally consists of medication and/or counseling. Medication helps by decreasing distractibility, improving attention, and reducing impulsivity. However, medication is not a magic bullet. The most effective treatment includes some changes in personal habits.

Counseling – usually short-term – can help people with ADHD find ways to improve organizational skills as well as become aware of self-defeating thought patterns. Using simple tools such as a calendar and task list, and learning how to identify and change automatic thoughts, can also help make a significant difference in the quality of life.