Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder also abbreviated as ADD/ADHD affects millions of teens and adults in the United States. While ADHD is commonly diagnosed in hyperactive and impulsive children, many individuals, especially females, do not receive a diagnosis until later in life. While many kids outgrow their symptoms, 60% of ADHD kids continue to struggle as adults. While there is no cure for ADHD, there are helpful treatment plans including medication, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, learning more about ADHD, and getting family support, which can be useful for building coping skills and easing symptoms. Our Psychiatry and Counseling Team recognizes that no two individuals with ADHD are the same. They will work with you or your loved ones to find a treatment plan that is specialized and best suited for your needs.
When we hear that someone has ADHD, we often think of restless kids, who are hyperactive and unable to sit still in a classroom. However, ADHD can manifest in many different ways. While some teens and adults may in fact be able to concentrate intensely on tasks that interest them, others may struggle to focus at all times. Few teens and adults receive proper treatment, experiencing a wide range of issues including difficulty:
- Following directions
- Remembering information
- Organizing tasks
- Finishing work in time
- Holding a job or position
As described by WebMD, teens and adults with ADHD can also experience or struggle with:
- Chronic boredom
- Chronic lateness and forgetfulness
- Trouble concentrating when reading
- Trouble controlling anger
- Problems at work
- Low tolerance for frustration
- Low self-esteem
- Mood swings
- Poor organization skills
- Relationship problems
- Substance abuse or addiction
- Low motivation
While living with ADHD can have its challenges, with the support of medical professionals, family, and friends, it is manageable. If simple tasks like doing laundry, staying organized at work, grocery shopping, or paying the bills feel overwhelming and debilitating, it could be time to reach out for some guidance.
It is important to find a psychiatrist who is experienced in working with teens and adults to create personalized treatment plans. Some adults have great success with stimulant medications, seeing big improvements in their symptoms, relationships, and performance at work and at home. Individual Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Group Therapy, and relaxation training/stress management can also prove useful to managing ADHD in your daily life.
ADHD for adults can be particularly difficult. After so many years of missed deadlines, mistakes, slip-ups, and miscalculations, self-esteem, confidence, and negative thoughts in patients can be pretty serious. Individual and Grop therapy can be useful methods for building the necessary coping and processing skills, to deal with negative thoughts and emotions. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a useful form of psychotherapy that can change thought patterns and perceptions. This can in-tern eliminate negative thought patterns and establish healthy, self-regulation skills. Oftentimes, individuals with ADHD blame themselves for situations and take on the responsibility of others. Individuals often focus on the way things should be, causing a lot of pain and feelings of resentment towards others. Through CBT, patients can find relief from these negative thoughts and feelings through changing thought patterns and perceptions.
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If you or your loved one is struggling with procrastination, time management, preparedness, disorganization, and day-to-day life, it could be a sign they have teenage or adult ADHD. To learn more about ADHD and medication, individual therapy, exercise routines, cognitive behavior therapy, and other forms of treatment, please call (720) 738-8531 or contact us by filling out the form below.