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ADHD and Treatment


Many adults with ADHD do not realize they have the disorder. A comprehensive evaluation typically includes a review of past and current symptoms, a medical exam and history, and use of adult rating scales or checklists.


How is adult ADHD treated?

Treatment for adult ADHD includes a combination of the following:

  • medication

  • psychotherapy

  • behavior management strategies

  • increasing structure and organization

  • involving immediate family members

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common mental disorders affecting children. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by persistent patterns of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that interfere with functioning or development. Symptoms typically present in childhood and can continue into adolescence and adulthood. Individuals with ADHD may struggle with organizing tasks, following instructions, sustaining attention, and controlling impulsive behaviors. Effective treatment often includes a combination of medication, behavioral therapy, and lifestyle modifications to manage symptoms and improve daily functioning. ADHD also affects many adults. Symptoms of adult ADHD include:

  • diminished attention to details

  • making careless mistakes in school or job tasks

  • problems staying focused on tasks or activities

  • not listening when spoken to

  • not following through on instructions

  • not completing schoolwork, chores or job duties (may start tasks but quickly loses focus)

  • restlessness, talking too much, or blurting out answers


Note: information gathered from the American Psychiatric Association

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