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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: ADHD in Adults

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Medications to Treat Adult ADHD continued...

However, there are sometimes difficulties in using stimulants to treat ADHD in adults. Stimulants are controlled substances and it is not uncommon for adults with ADHD to have or to have had problems with substance abuse. Short-acting stimulants may wear off quickly, and because adult patients administer the medication themselves and usually have problems with forgetfulness, adherence can be problematic with multiple dosing throughout the day. Adults may experience significant difficulty in the evening when they do housework, pay bills, help children with homework, drive, or are tempted to use substances "to relax." Learn more about stimulant therapy for ADHD.

Strattera is a non-stimulant medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of ADHD for adults as well as children and adolescents.

Behavioral Treatments for Adult ADHD

Adult ADHD may be treated with one or more of the following:

  • Individual cognitive and behavioral therapy to enhance self-esteem
  • Relaxation training and stress management to reduce anxiety and stress
  • Life coaching to help  set goals and develop strategies for organizing home and work activities
  • Job coaching or mentoring to support better working relationships and improve on-the-job performance
  • Family education and therapy

In-depth assessment, treatment planning, medication management, individual therapy, education, and family support are all necessary to help the adult with ADHD function in new ways and build his or her self-esteem. Because ADHD is often associated with other conditions (such as specific learning disabilities, anxiety and mood disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, and chemical dependency), in-depth assessment is the first step in developing a comprehensive, customized treatment plan.

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