Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) - Treatment Overview
ADHD in adults
Many adults don't
realize that they have ADHD until their children are diagnosed. Then they begin
to recognize their own symptoms. Some adults with ADHD learn to manage their
lives and find careers in which they can use their intellectual
curiosity and creativity to their advantage. But many adults have difficulties
at home and work.
Like children with ADHD,
adults may benefit from medicine combined with psychological support. This support includes education about the disorder, support groups and/or counseling, and skills
training. Skills training may include:
Stimulant medicines may be used in adults who have ADHD. These medicines can help a person focus better. And they can help decrease hyperactivity and impulsivity. If
stimulant medicines have bothersome side effects or aren't effective, your
doctor might recommend other medicines. Some examples are
atomoxetine (Strattera), clonidine (Kapvay), and guanfacine (Intuniv).
Certain antidepressants are sometimes also recommended. These include
bupropion (for example, Wellbutrin) and tricyclics (for example, desipramine, imipramine,
What to think about
There are several
myths that can get in the way of understanding ADHD. It is important to understand that ADHD is a medical problem that
is best managed with treatment. Your child is more likely to control symptoms when he or she
actively takes part in treatment, such as taking medicines on time.