Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, also known as ADHD is usually diagnosed in children, however it is common to extend into adulthood and be diagnosed during adulthood. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), ADHD is the most diagnosed mental health disorder in children and is seen in approximately 2.5 % of the adult population.
Adults with ADHD may have either or both issues with inattention and or hyperactivity. Common symptoms related to adult ADHD are an impaired ability to concentrate and complete tasks, jump from unfinished task to task, sit undisturbed for any amount of time, show impulsive behaviors and may become easily frustrated. In addition, adults with ADHD may experience issues with time management, poor organizational skills, forgetfulness and misplace or lose personal items.
There are several risk factors for adult ADHD which may be:
- Family history of ADHD
- Childhood ADHD
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Poor maternal nutrition or toxic exposure prior to birth
- Personal exposure to toxic chemicals
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Treatment options for adult ADHD include, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Behavior Modification Therapy and medications.
Symptoms often seen in adult ADHD affect individuals differently. There are treatment options available to help you better understand, cope with, and reduce the common symptoms associated with an adult who has been diagnosed with ADHD. If you experience similar symptoms that have a negative effect on your personal, school, work or social life please contact our office to explore possible treatment options.