ADHD in Adults
How ADHD may appear in adults
ADHD symptoms can look different in children and adults. In some individuals with ADHD, symptoms of hyperactivity become less obvious over time, but difficulties with restlessness, inattention, poor planning and impulsivity may persist into adolescence and adulthood. In fact, it is estimated that nearly 50% of children with ADHD may continue to have it as adults.
While there is no cure for ADHD, there are treatments that may help. These often include education, counseling, and/or medication.
There are treatment options that can help. These often include education, counseling, and/or medication.
As an adult with ADHD, over the years you may have developed coping strategies to minimize the impact of your ADHD symptoms. But if you are still struggling with the symptoms — inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity — consider exploring your options.
Not sure if you really need medication?
When it comes to a treatment plan for ADHD, the best answer is the one which is individualized for you — the first step is to talk to your doctor about how to treat your ADHD as an adult.
For many adults still struggling with ADHD, taking medication can be a difficult decision, even if their doctor has recommended it. Some people believe they should be able to manage without medication, while others believe they should only take medication rarely.
Whatever you and your doctor decide, you should set appropriate goals and a plan to monitor progress. If medication is chosen, it may be part of a total treatment plan that includes counseling or other therapies.
Only a trained health care provider can accurately diagnose ADHD. Be sure to review the full list of ADHD symptoms and talk to your doctor