Rehabilitation Medicine - Adult ADHD Program

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a condition that does not only affect children and it can be a perplexing condition to the millions of undiagnosed adult sufferers. If you're an adult with ADHD, your symptoms may be holding you back at work, impacting your relationships, and keeping you from accomplishing your goals. Luckily, once you recognize the signs and symptoms of adult ADHD there are many treatment options available

Consider the following statements.

  • At home, work, or school, I find my mind wandering from tasks that are uninteresting or difficult.
  • Especially in groups, I find it hard to stay focused on what is being said in conversations.
  • I usually work on more than one project at a time, and fail to finish many of them.
  • I am unable to stop daydreaming.

If you answered yes to more than one of these statements you may be one of the 8 million adults afflicted with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a wellrecognized childhood developmental problem. This condition is characterized by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. For about 60% of children with ADHD, symptoms continue into adulthood.  However, few adults are identified or treated. Adults with ADHD may have difficulty following directions, remembering information, concentrating, organizing tasks or completing work within time limits.  If these difficulties are not managed appropriately, they can cause associated work, social, and financial problems.

Work problems such as chronic lateness to work, missing or forgetting deadlines and meetings, having a hard time organizing projects and delegating work, difficulty completing projects on time, spending hours at work, but get very little done, getting distracted by trivial tasks, while neglecting the most important ones, and having trouble paying attention in meetings or in conversations with your boss and colleagues.

ADHD can also put a strain on relationships. The spouse or partner without ADHD may feel resentful if he or she is the one to take care of all the planning, organizing, cleaning, bill paying, and other household responsibilities. And you may resent your partner's constant nagging.  Friends and family members may also take it personally when you tune them out, forget conversations or commitments, speak a little too bluntly, or keep them waiting.

Finally, ADHD symptoms of procrastination, disorganization, and impulsivity can interfere with good money management. You may find that you:  forget to pay bills, run up huge balances on your credit cards, cannot save money, are unable to follow through on long-term financial goals,  shop impulsively,  have difficulty keeping financial paperwork in order, and fail at budgeting and recordkeeping.

How is ADHD diagnosed?

You will want to visit your physician for a physical examination to ensure there is no medical or neurological illness that may be causing your difficulties.   If no medical cause is found, your physician will then refer you to a Neuropsychologist for an evaluation. A neuropsychologist is a psychologist with specialized expertise in a variety of conditions that affect brain functioning. Neuropsychological testing involves a detailed developmental history, along with a variety of pencil and paper and puzzle type tasks. Because ADHD is often associated with other conditions (such as specific learning disabilities, anxiety and mood disorders), in-depth assessment is the first step in developing a comprehensive, customized treatment plan.

What treatments are available for adult ADHD?

Adult ADHD may be treated with one or more of the following: Medication, individual cognitive and behavioral therapy, behavioral coaching to teach strategies for organization, and family education and therapy.

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