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How do you treat adult ADHD?

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ADHD is different for everyone, so there’s no one treatment for all. Your care plan will depend on many things, including how the disorder affects your life, other health problems you have, and any medications you take for them.

You can treat adult ADHD with medications, counseling, or both. Medicine can help get your symptoms under control by changing the way your brain works. And counseling can give you skills to manage your day-to-day life. It teaches you how to tackle problems the disorder may cause, like losing things, getting easily distracted, or being late.

You’ll work with your doctor to figure out what’s best for you. Since your symptoms may change, treatments that worked at first might stop working. Your doctor and counselor may tweak your treatment plan from time to time.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.”

National Resource Center on ADHD: “Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adults with ADHD,” “Symptoms and Diagnostic Criteria,” “Managing Medication for Adults with ADHD.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Stimulant Therapy.”

National Institute on Drug Abuse: “DrugFacts: Stimulant ADHD Medications: Methylphenidate and Amphetamines.”

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: “ADHD: Not Just for Kids.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Atomoxetine.”

American Heart Association: “Types of Blood Pressure Medications.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 08, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.”

National Resource Center on ADHD: “Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adults with ADHD,” “Symptoms and Diagnostic Criteria,” “Managing Medication for Adults with ADHD.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Stimulant Therapy.”

National Institute on Drug Abuse: “DrugFacts: Stimulant ADHD Medications: Methylphenidate and Amphetamines.”

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: “ADHD: Not Just for Kids.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Atomoxetine.”

American Heart Association: “Types of Blood Pressure Medications.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 08, 2018

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