What is ADHD?
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD, is a condition that causes problems with a person's ability to get organized, concentrate, and stay focused. It may also cause people to be unable to exercise proper inhibition at times. ADHD occurs in both children and adults. Many adults who suffer from ADHD are not aware that they have it. Some people still refer to ADHD as ADD.
What are ADHD Symptoms in Adults with ADHD?
People with Adult ADHD may have issues with waking up, getting ready for the day, organizing their day, arriving at work or school on time, keeping up with items like car keys, and being productive while at work or school. Behaviors may sometimes be unusually impulsive in people who suffer from ADHD. People who suffer from ADHD may tend to have problems with waiting patiently in lines, allowing others to speak, and processing instructions. Every case of ADHD can be as unique as the person who suffers from it, so it is especially important to have a doctor who has expertise in this area to help with treatment.
What Are the Treatment Options For Adult ADHD?
Treatment options include medications and therapy. When used ADHD medication and ADHD therapy are used together, adults with ADHD experiience even better management of their ADHD symptoms. Medications used to treat adult ADHD include both non-stimulant drugs and stimulants. Extended release stimulants are the first line of treatment since they are highly effective for as much as 70 to 80 percent of ADHD patients. Behavior modification is a non-medication option that teaches the patient to organize, prioritize, and get more control over the tasks that they deal with each day. Psychotherapy is another non-medication option. This includes options like cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy that are tailored specifically for ADHD patients and will help greatly reduce the negative impact of ADHD symptoms on their lives.
Relationships where one or both partners have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can experience frustration, misunderstandings, and resentments. At West End Consultation Group, we have successfully helped many couples in an ADHD marriage. We provide couples counseling that is uniquely tailored to the ADHD marriage. The ADHD partner can also see one of our doctors for medication management of their ADHD.
The good news is that you can turn these problems around. You can build a healthier, happier partnership by learning about the role ADHD plays in your relationship and how both of you can choose more positive and productive ways to respond to challenges and communicate with each other. Living with ADHD does not have to cause destruction in relationships. ADHD therapy can help to minimize the negative impact of ADHD symptoms in your life and relationships.