The Guide to Adult ADHD: Signs, Symptoms, & Treatment

Have you been struggling with concentrating, being organized, or have trouble paying attention even as an adult? Having adult ADHD is a lot more common than you think. 4% of American adults are living with ADHD. If you have not been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder as an adolescent, learn the signs and symptoms to see if you may be a candidate as an adult and seek treatment.

What is Adult ADHD?

Adult ADHD is a mental health disorder that cannot be defined by one thing, rather a combination persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity that interferes with daily functioning and impulsive behavior. Many adults with ADHD do not know it. People with untreated Adult ADHD can find themselves dreaming, losing focus, fidgety, and constantly on the go. If you are thinking this may be sounding more like what you are experiencing, lets go into more signs and symptoms of Adult ADHD.  

Adult ADHD Signs & Symptoms

Adults with ADHD may have fewer symptoms as they age, but that is not to say that some continue to experience symptoms that majorly interfere with daily functioning. Some of these symptoms being:

  • Impulsiveness
  • Restlessness
  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Trouble listening even when spoken to directly
  • Problems with organizing tasks
  • Easily distracted
  • Forgetful when it comes to daily activities
  • Talks excessively

“Some people with ADHD primarily have symptoms of inattention, while others have primarily symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity. Some people have symptoms in both categories.” NIH

ADHD Treatment for Adults

It is important to note that even though you may be experiencing some of the signs or symptoms above, there are other mental health conditions that can give you similar symptoms. If you are concerned that you may have ADHD, the best course of action is to speak with a healthcare provider to have a consultation to see if the symptoms you are experiencing meet the diagnosis.

There is no one test to diagnose ADHD, but psychiatrists and other mental health professional use certain rating scales to determine if you meet the criteria. Treatment options for Adult ADHD is pretty standard, including but not limited to medication, psychotherapy/coaching, and of course educating our patients on understanding adult ADHD and the treatment course we are implementing.

What is the cause of ADHD?

It is not completely known what causes ADHD. Scientific studies suggest that genes play a large role. Researchers are currently looking at environmental, social, and nutritional factors may contribute to ADHD.

Other options for Adults living with ADHD

Although medication and psychotherapy is a great treatment option for people living with Adult ADHD, you may find that you need some more support to help you make the most out of your diagnosis. This is where talking to family, friends, and even joining support groups can be a great way to understand their diagnosis to help you better understand yours.

ADHD Coaching near you

Times have changed, and the way you can seek treatment for your Adult ADHD has changed as well. Now you are no longer glued to your psychiatrists’ couch, thanks to telepsychiatry. You can see your psychiatrist, therapist, or ADHD Coach on your terms and in the comfort of your own home, or anywhere you can receive a cell signal or Wi-Fi. The Jeff Ditzell Psychiatry difference to our treatment is that we offer coaching and life optimization for our ADHD patients to tackle life skills and improve your daily functioning to be able to make the most out of every day. We currently treat/coach ADHD patients in our office in the Financial District in New York City, but also serve our other patients virtually as early as 6:00 a.m. and as late as 11:00 p.m.

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