ADHD is a disorder that impacts about 5% of children. Increasingly, symptoms of ADHD are also being recognized in adults, and treatments are being crafted to address the symptoms that appear in adulthood.
There are two major types of ADHD: Predominantly Inattentive (previously identified as ADD), and Predominantly Hyperactive/Impulsive. While many folks are aware of the primary symptoms, I often hear things such as:
- I love my partner, but I forgot her birthday!
- I can’t seem to get all of my work done.
- I know my husband told me something important, but I don’t know what it was.
- Time seems to escape me!
Adults with untreated ADHD complain about:
- Frequent job turnovers
- Feeling bored & craving stimulation
- Frequently changing romantic partners
- Substance use
- Missing appointments
- Disagreements with romantic partners about disorganization
Any of this sound like you? We can work together to reduce the stress and anxiety of having ADHD. We can find strategies that work for you, and use your natural talents and passions to make your life better.
There is no single test, and certainly no blood test or brain scan, that can diagnose ADHD. Often, individuals with ADHD struggle with additional issues such as anxiety, depression, learning problems, or conduct concerns.
An ADHD evaluation for adults would ideally include documentation that symptoms have been present in multiple locations as a child (like home and school), and that current symptoms are not a result of different problem, such as adjusting to a new job or a new baby in the house.
Individual treatment that includes specific strategies, family focused treatment, and the use of technology (use your phone to set reminders!) are all highly recommended.
Because stimulant medications are often used in the treatment of ADHD, parents and individuals with ADHD are encouraged to work closely with medical providers to determine if medication is an appropriate treatment option. Conversations with the medical provider should include questions about risks and benefits of medication and a discussion regarding how to identify if the medication is working.
Books and websites that may be helpful include: