Many people equate ADHD treatment with medication. In fact, while medication for ADHD often improves attention and concentration, it typically does very little to help symptoms of disorganization, poor time management, forgetfulness, and procrastination—the very issues that cause the most problems for many adults with ADHD. Medication for ADHD is more effective when combined with other treatments.
And myriad others. The number of ADHD medication options is so large that finding the right treatment feels overwhelming at times. Here, an ADHD specialist explains the options for adults and children in terms we can all understand.
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In people with ADHD, there are differences in the parts of the brain that control our ability to plan, organise and focus. Symptoms start in childhood. About half of children with ADHD continue to have problems into adulthood. Sometimes ADHD is missed in childhood and only gets noticed later in life.
Two-thirds of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD are likely to have the condition into adulthood. Adults may be calmer but still have trouble with organization and impulsivity. Stimulant and nonstimulant medications are used to treat ADHD.
Austin, Ph. Zupanick, Psy. Although these medications are generally considered safe, and the risk of complication low, the risks must still be evaluated.
This review focuses on the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD in adults. It briefly addresses prevalence, diagnostic and differential diagnostic issues specific to adults. Stimulant medication, non-stimulant medication, and psychosocial treatments are thoroughly reviewed.
Although there is no cure for the disorder, it can be successfully treated. There are several different approaches for treating adults, but generally some combination of medication and behavioral therapy yields the best results. However, the dosage and frequency of the medications may have to be adjusted.
Signs and symptoms of ADHD in adults can be hard to spot. However, core symptoms start early in life — before age 12 — and continue into adulthood, creating major problems. Some medical conditions or treatments may cause signs and symptoms similar to those of ADHD.
Some medications need to be taken every day, but some can be taken just on school days. Treatment breaks are occasionally recommended to assess whether the medication is still needed. If you were not diagnosed with ADHD until adulthood, your GP and specialist can discuss which medications and therapies are suitable for you. If you or your child is prescribed one of these medications, you'll probably be given small doses at first, which may then be gradually increased.