Are you looking for more information on how ADHD is treated in adults? If you have recently been diagnosed with ADHD, or you’re looking for more information as to whether you potentially have ADHD, you might be wondering exactly how ADHD is treated, and whether this differs from children.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), is a condition that affects people’s ability to concentrate, along with other symptoms such as hyperactivity, inattentiveness and impulsiveness to name a few.
A common misconception about ADHD is that it only occurs in children, however, diagnosis often occurs in adulthood as well. The symptoms often improve with age, however many adults who were diagnosed at a young age still continue to experience problems.
Scientific research is still yet to prove the exact causes of ADHD, but research so far concludes that there are certain key factors which influence the development of the disorder in children, which can then be carried on to adulthood, including:
ADHD often coexists with other mental health conditions such as:
Adult ADHD is diagnosed by carrying out an ADHD assessment for adults, in which a psychiatrist will carry out a series of interviews with you and one of your loved ones or someone close to you. They may ask about symptoms & your lifestyle along with other things.
Once you have been diagnosed with ADHD, you can begin treatment. Treatment for ADHD comes in many different forms, and they all help relieve the symptoms and make day-to-day life easier.
Adult ADHD can be treated using therapy such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or Psychoeducation, or medicine, however, combining the two often gives the best results.
It’s important to know that medicines are not a permanent cure for ADHD, but can help people with the disorder concentrate, feel calmer and less impulsive.
When looking at adult treatment options for ADHD, treatment will not differ too greatly between adults and children.
However, if behavioural changes need to be made to improve ADHD symptoms for children, the parents and teachers would aid in implementing the changes. For Adults with ADHD, a spouse, or therapist can be their aid, and this can also include the individual themselves.
When looking at how to treat ADHD in adults, psychoeducation is regularly implemented.
The process of psychoeducation involves learning and understanding mental health and well-being. Learning about how the mind works can help you better handle your ADHD symptoms as you will have an understanding of how your brain functions in relation to ADHD.
One of the reasons why psychoeducation is used to treat ADHD symptoms is because it provides an individual with knowledge of dealing with their ADHD in a healthy manner.
Cognitive behavioural therapy is a form of psychological treatment that is designed to help an individual solve their problems by changing the way they think and behave.
Cognitive behavioural therapy can help treat ADHD by providing methods and techniques for handling daily struggles such as time management and procrastination. CBT also helps individuals realise that ADHD is not a character flaw, but rather a neurological wiring of the brain.
Talking with a therapist about your ADHD can help alleviate any negative emotions you may feel due to your condition. Therapy provides a different perspective that can enable you to view your condition differently. Having a neutral perspective (from your therapist) to discuss your ADHD with can guide you toward taking actions that improve life without ADHD holding you back.
Therapy helps you deal with feelings of low self-esteem, embarrassment and shame. If you’re new to therapy and do not yet feel comfortable talking in person with a therapist, you can start with online therapy to familiarise yourself with the process.
Going through the day-to-day activities of life can be difficult if you have ADHD. If you are an adult looking for treatment, you can visit our dedicated ADHD treatment page or you can contact our specialists on 020 3941 2000.