Attention-deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is often associated with children and teenagers. But many adults must live with adverse consequences of the mental health disorder in their daily lives.
As in children, ADHD in adults is also characterized by impulsive behavior, hyperactivity, and difficulty in paying attention. These characteristic manifestations can result in poor work and/or school performance, unstable personal and professional relationships, and low self-confidence and self-esteem, among others. These issues are further complicated by the fact that many cases of adult ADHD haven’t been diagnosed until adulthood although the symptoms have started in early childhood.
Fortunately, there are several effective coping strategies that people diagnosed with adult ADHD can adopt to improve their quality of life. These include a combination of medications and education including psychotherapy.
Medications Prescribed by Doctors
Be sure to discuss the risks and rewards of medications with your doctor. You will also likely use trial and error before the right combination of medications can be determined in your case. You have to work closely with your doctor on this matter, especially in discussing your symptoms and side effects experienced.
- Stimulants, such as amphetamine and methylphenidate, can boost and balance the amounts of neurotransmitters in the brain.
- Non-stimulant atomoxetine can also aid in reducing the person’s symptoms/
- Antidepressants, such as Wellbutrin, can lift the person’s spirits, so to speak, but these are usually considered as second-line treatments (i.e., when stimulant use isn’t recommended or when stimulants were ineffective).
Again, the right medications in the right doses will vary between adults with ADHD. Your doctor will adjust your medications, as needed, so honesty about your response to your current medications is a must.
Education Is a Must, Too
You must learn all you can about your mental health issues so that you can understand it and cope with it. Your doctor will recommend psychological counseling, known as psychotherapy, a valuable treatment method aimed at improving your coping skills.
You can learn ways to decrease your impulsive behavior, cope with your perceived failure in life, and develop effective strategies for temper control, among others. You will, indeed, benefit from the cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy, and even marriage counselling. You’re well-advised then to attend your psychotherapy sessions for this reason.
Your case of adult ADHD may be a lifelong issue but you don’t have to be ruled by it. By working with your doctor, family and friends, as well as taking the right measures to improve yourself, you can be a success in life!