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Do you take different medicines for ADHD as an adult than as a child?

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The same treatments used for kids with ADHD also treat adults. For most people, it’s a combination of medicine and talk therapy. Sometimes the meds you took as a child may work differently because your brain, body, and symptoms may have changed. As an adult, you also might need different skills to stay organized and manage your time. And you may need treatment for other issues like depression or anxiety.

To get the most from any treatment, it’s good to know specifically how ADHD affects you. Does it make it hard to meet deadlines at work? Are you struggling in relationships with your spouse or child? If you know, you can better seek care that’s tailored for you. And you’ll be better able to tell if it’s working.

From: Adult ADHD: Treatment Overview WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Treatment of adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.”

HelpGuide.org: “ADHD in Adults.”

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD): “Treatment, Medication Management, Coaching.”

American Family Physician: “Diagnosis and Management of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 20, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Treatment of adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.”

HelpGuide.org: “ADHD in Adults.”

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD): “Treatment, Medication Management, Coaching.”

American Family Physician: “Diagnosis and Management of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 20, 2019

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