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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Treatment Overview

How is ADHD treated in adults?

Adults with ADHD also benefit from a multidisciplinary approach to treatment. That approach includes:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Medication
  • Support and education, including marital and individual support groups
  • Skill training

Stimulant mediations are the most commonly used ADHD treatment in adults. In fact, about 58% of adults with ADHD say they have a better ability to focus and less hyperactivity and impulsivity when they take stimulant medications. Even greater effectiveness has been seen with the use of higher doses of stimulants.

If stimulant medications have bothersome side effects or are not effective, your doctor might recommend atomoxetine (Strattera), another non-stimulant medication.

Certain antidepressants, such as bupropion (Wellbutrin), or tricyclics (imipramine, nortriptyline, and desipramine) are sometimes also used for adults with ADHD.


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Reviewed by Daniel Brennan, MD on May 10, 2014

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