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ADHD

Mental Health Services – ADHD

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a mental health condition characterized by difficulty paying attention, impulsive behavior, and hyperactivity. Adult ADHD can lead to problems at work, poor school performance, low self-esteem, and relationship problems.
Though ADHD isn't diagnosed in some individuals until adulthood, ADHD symptoms always begin in childhood. The symptoms of adult ADHD may not be as clear as they are in children. For instance, in adults, hyperactivity may decrease while problems with attention, impulsiveness, and restlessness may persist.

Symptoms of ADHD

 

Many adults with ADHD don't realize they have it. However, you may recognize that daily tasks are challenging for you. You may find it difficult to pay attention, focus, and prioritize, which can lead to missed meetings, social obligations, and deadlines.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders sets forth specific diagnostic criteria for adult ADHD. In order to receive a diagnosis of ADHD as an adult, you must have at least five inattentive and/or hyperactive-impulsive symptoms.

Inattentive Symptoms

  • Often failing to pay close attention to detail or making mistakes
  • Failing to listen when being spoken to directly
  • Difficulty organizing activities and tasks
  • Losing things that are essential for activities and tasks
  • Being forgetful in daily activities
  • Difficulty keeping attention on activities and tasks
  • Not following through with instructions and failing to complete schoolwork or workplace duties
  • Being distracted by external stimuli often
  • Avoiding, disliking, or being reluctant to engage in activities that require sustained mental focus

Hyperactive-Impulsive Symptoms

  • Fidgeting or squirming in your seat
  • Feeling restless
  • Talking excessively
  • Difficulty waiting your turn
  • Leaving your seat when remaining in your seat is expected, such as in the workplace
  • Being uncomfortable remaining still for an extended period of time
  • Inability to engage in leisure activities quietly
  • Often interrupting or intruding on others

To receive a diagnosis of ADHD, your symptoms must be present for at least six months and interfere with social, academic, or occupational functioning. Additionally, your symptoms must be present in at least two different types of settings, such as at school, work, and in social settings. Finally, to receive a diagnosis of ADHD, your symptoms must not be better accounted for by another

Treatments for ADHD

 

Once you've received a diagnosis of ADHD, you can talk with your doctor about what treatment options would be best for you.

  • Therapy

    Psychotherapy or counseling may also be helpful in the treatment of ADHD. Counseling can help you improve your time management skills, learn how to reduce impulsive behaviors, improve your self-esteem, learn how to improve relationships with others, and develop new problem-solving skills.

  • Medication

    Stimulants, such as amphetamine and methylphenidate, are most commonly prescribed to treat the condition. Stimulants help boost and balance neurotransmitters in the brains of those with ADHD. Other medications, such as atomoxetine and anti-depressants, such as Welbutrin, are also used to treat ADHD. While these medications work more slowly than stimulants, they may be good options if you cannot take stimulants due to severe side effects or health problems.

ADHD can cause some significant problems in your life, including interfering with your ability to function in school, at work, and in social situations. If you feel you may have ADHD, talk to your doctor about it. Medication and psychotherapy can help you manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

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