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It is believed that 8 million people in the United States have some form of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), commonly referred to as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Adult ADHD (Attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder) is a disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.

ADHD in Adolescents and Teens

Novum Psychiatry treats ADHD in adolescents and teens ages 14+. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is typically diagnosed in childhood. Symptoms can appear as early as 3 to 6 years old, and the disorder can continue through adolescence and into adulthood. The timing of diagnosis can depend on the severity of symptoms, with more severe cases generally being identified earlier. Timely diagnosis and appropriate intervention can significantly improve the long-term outcomes for children with ADHD.

Learn more about ADHD in Adolescents and Teens and hidden signs of ADHD.

Adult ADHD

ADHD is not just a disorder of childhood. Symptoms begin in childhood and can continue through adolescence, the teen years, and into adulthood. People with adult ADHD experience symptoms such as impulsiveness, trouble focusing or completing tasks, anxiety, depression, and restlessness.

Many adults struggle with undiagnosed ADHD.

In fact, new research published in 2021 has identified a link between ADHD, Generalized Anxiety, and Depression. In this study, 1 in 9 respondents with Generalized Anxiety had ADHD and more than half of individuals with ADHD and anxiety also have a history of depression.

Do I have Adult ADHD?

All of us struggle occasionally with concentration and restlessness. Adult ADHD, however, is differentiated by a persistent and ongoing pattern of inattention or impulsivity that interferes with everyday life. Some people with ADHD mainly have symptoms of inattention. Others mostly have symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity. Some people have both types of symptoms.

Questions to ask about inattention

  • Have you struggled throughout your life with poor concentration?
  • Do you have trouble getting organized and staying on task?
  • Do you find it hard to pay attention or listen closely when spoken to directly?
  • Are you frequently late for appointments, school, or work?
  • Do you frequently lose things such as your keys, wallet, purse, or mobile phone?
  • Do you forget appointments, pay bills, or return calls?

Questions to ask about impulsivity or hyperactivity

  • Do you feel restless and unable to sit or be still for extended periods of time?
  • Do you find yourself having trouble engaging quietly in leisure activities?
  • Do you talk excessively?
  • Do you answer questions before they are asked completely?
  • Do you have difficulty waiting in line?
  • Do you interrupt others when they are speaking?

ADHD is one of the most common mental health conditions, and it’s not just a childhood disorder, it also affects adults. An estimated 8.4% of children and 2.5% of adults have ADHD.

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Signs of ADD / ADHD in Adults

ADHD can begin in childhood and continue into adulthood. There are a number of different types of ADHD which doctors diagnose based on the types of symptoms present. Some people with ADHD primarily have symptoms of inattention while others have greater symptoms with hyperactivity and impulsivity.

Symptoms of Inattention

  • Difficulty paying attention to details
  • Difficulty with sustained attention, such as with reading or paying attention during long meetings
  • Fails to meet deadlines completing projects and tasks
  • Difficulty organizing
  • Poor time management
  • Loses things frequently
  • Easily distracted
  • Misses appointments and forgetful in daily activities

Symptoms of Hyperactivity

  • Anxiety and worry
  • Hard to sit still
  • Fidgets, restless, taps hands or feet
  • Leaves seat in situations when sitting is expected
  • Feels restless and hard to sit still for extended periods of time
  • Talks excessively
  • Blurts out answer before question has been asked
  • Interrupting others during conversations

How Is ADD / ADHD Diagnosed and Treated?

There is no test that can diagnose ADHD. Adults who suspect they have ADHD should visit an experienced psychiatrist with experience evaluating and diagnosing ADHD. Your provider will conduct a thorough evaluation about what is causing your symptoms in order to recommend an effective and individualized ADHD treatment plan.

Stimulants are the most common type of medication used to treat ADHD, and research shows these medications can be highly effective. Like all medications, ADHD medications can have side effects and require monitoring by your provider. In addition to medication, psychotherapy such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been shown to help manage symptoms and improve everyday functioning.

Adults with ADHD can be treated with therapy, medication, or a combination of the two. Please call 978-252-0873 or contact us for a confidential evaluation today.

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