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Attention Deficit Disorder in Adults

Attention deficit disorder in adults isn’t something most of us talk about. The truth is that while we often note that children have this condition, we forget it is also common for adults to have it. While there are a number of individuals who may only experience the symptoms for a few years, others will experience ADHD for a lifetime.

In adults, it is critical that a medical professional is used to help treat the condition. The truth is that with medication and therapy, it is possible to have a fulfilling and rewarding life, even if you’ve been diagnosed with ADHD. In most cases, successful therapy can help you to appear like everyone else around you without anyone having any insight into the fact that you have ADD or ADHD and are treating it.

The most common treatment methods for Attention Deficit Disorder in adults are medication and talk therapy. Both have been prove to be highly effective and are commonly used in conjunction with each other in order to achieve the desired results.

An ADD Forum Can Help

In the early stages, many people are hesitant to seek treatment options. Our society has stigmatized ADD and people often will ignore that they have it until it takes a toll on their relationships and even their employment. In some cases, individuals may continue to think that there is no hope for them and that can lead to problems.

There’s a good chance you’ve heard that people with ADHD are extremely lazy, or stupid. That couldn’t be further from the truth. People with ADHD have to put more effort into getting things done and there is no connection between a person with ADHD and a low IQ. In fact, most people with ADHD are very creative and are incredibly smart.  The physicians who treat those with this condition also understand this and will provide you with additional information and address your concerns with absolute professionalism and compassion.

Fortunately, there are online communities that can help you better understand the condition and treatment options that don’t buy into the myths surrounding it. These support groups go through talk therapy techniques and members will often open up to you with their treatment experience. This can remove much of the misconception and embarrassment that people often face with this condition, so you can focus more on getting the treatment you need, and less time worrying about what others may think.

When you are presented with new medication, it is also a time you can speak with others about their experience taking it. The ADD forum will often give you some insight on how it made them feel, how long they experienced certain side effects for and help to give you a better understanding of what to expect during this process.

The most important thing to remember is that discipline and “toughening up” have never proven successful. In fact, when a person has ADHD, they are often more emotional and are more prone to tension sensitivity. This can lead to additional emotional concerns along the way. Most people find that an aggressive approach to dealing with ADHD often leads to additional outbursts and concerns.

Hyperactive Attention Deficit Disorder in Adults

Hyperactive Attention Deficit Disorder in adults is not something to take lightly. We need to realize that this condition affects millions of people and we need to work on getting everyone treatment for it. That way, ADHD doesn’t define the adults in our community and allows them to work past the impulsive behavior, difficulty focusing, and other concerns that they face. That way, they can remain positive, active members in our community.

It’s important that we realize and understand that despite the misinformation that it isn’t only children who can have this condition. The truth is that those with ADHD may be diagnosed as late as their 30s by a trained professional, so it is important to get tested to determine if you potentially have this condition.

What If I Don’t Get My ADHD Treated?

You likely won’t die if you don’t get your ADHD treated. While the choices you make could have a negative impact on your health and life, the condition itself is not terminal. However, areas of your life will continue to become problematic as you struggle to maintain relationships, have difficulty completing projects at work, and you may experience the loss of a job, marriage, your home and a downward spiral until you manage to pull yourself out of it. Ultimately, it is up to a person to decide to get the help they need, as no one else can make that decision for them.

What Do I Tell Someone Who Asks What’s ADD?

At some point, someone will ask you, “What’s add?” To answer this, it is best to explain to them on very simple terms what it is. Explain to them that your brain is supercharged and works at a very fast pace. While others are able to maintain and control the speeds so that they can process information and do steps normally, you have to focus harder to get the process done. It doesn’t mean that you are dumb or lazy, but it does mean you need to work harder to concentrate on a task. If you don’t, simple things will come into play that will prevent you from being successful.

If a young child is asking you about it, you can reference trouble focusing in school because a friend is talking to them. Then have them imagine that is what it is always like with the world around you if you don’t focus.

It’s important to remember that being open and honest about ADHD is critical for your success in treatment. Don’t be concerned with what other people think, as you have the chance to provide them with better information that can help them to gain a deeper understanding of the condition. You may even find that as people learn more, they too might seek treatment options as they discover they too need to treat this condition in their own life.

 

More on: ADHD, Adult Mental Health Care
Latest update: October 31, 2016