Everything You Need to Know About ADHD for Adults

Surprisingly, ADHD is one of the most under-treated mental health diagnoses in adults, despite the fact that it affects almost 4% of the U.S. population. Impacting the brain, ADHD is most commonly diagnosed to children, not adults.

Do you often wonder if you have ADHD? Are you prone to forgetfulness, poor planning, and difficulty focusing? Do you think this goes beyond what you consider normal disorganization?

Then you may have adult ADHD, and it might be beneficial to talk to a doctor or licensed therapist about your concerns.

Keep reading to learn more.

ADHD is a neurological disorder which affects executive brain functions like memory and judgement. You may experience symptoms like mood swings or outbursts, restlessness, difficulty dealing with stress, difficulty making decisions, or general impulsiveness.  

There can be many factors that contribute to you developing ADHD, like birth problems, genetics, lead exposure, or substance abuse exposure. It’s best to talk to your doctor about your concerns and day-to-day battles before you can know for sure if you have ADHD, and what the best treatment is for you.

Medication is a popular treatment for ADHD because it can increase the amounts of two chemicals in the brain called dopamine and norepinephrine, which can lower hyperactivity, manage impulsive behavior, and increase one’s attention span and focus.

The three types of medication used to treat this disorder are stimulants, non-stimulants, and antidepressants.

  1. Stimulant medications work for about 80% of the population who suffer from ADHD. They are known to increase focus and help you tune out distractions, whether that’s at work, school, or during an activity.
  2. Non-stimulants are a great plan B for anyone experiencing negative side effects from stimulants, or who found it just wasn’t the right fit for them. Non-stimulants help curb impulsives and also decrease distractions.
  3. Antidepressants: Some who struggle with ADHD also may be dealing with depression or bipolar disorder. Antidepressants are a good choice for an individual who is suffering from more than one of these mental illnesses.

Other treatments for adults with ADHD include psychotherapy, education, individual therapy, group therapy, or a combination of treatment and medication.

At Grouport, we believe practicing positive mental health is a lot easier with an intimate group of people who share the same troubles.

You’re not the only one who is stuck. And you don’t have to go through this alone.

Grouport’s 100% online collaborative model is affordable and convenient, with custom treatment plans that can work for you.

Contact us today and we’ll provide you with more information about our online therapy sessions.

December 13, 2021

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