Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

 

 

Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

 

Being easily distracted, having trouble keeping appointments, and having difficulty starting or completing tasks is burdensome for you and those impacted by your problems with attention. These could be symptoms of ADHD.

Take an on-line ADHD self-assessment inventory.

Download and print PDF version.
(This is a PDF file. To view it, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. To take the inventory, print the PDF file and fill in your answers.)

If you are easily distracted… if you misplace things… are disorganized… forget appointments… you may have Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). There is treatment.

How many of these symptoms do you recognize?

  • Trouble completing final details of a project
  • Difficulty getting organized
  • Forget appointments or obligations
  • Delay getting started on complex tasks
  • Fidgety when you have to sit for a long time
  • Feel compelled to do things
  • Make careless mistakes on boring or time-consuming tasks

If you answered “yes” to 5 or more of these questions, you may have Adult ADHD. You can take a more detailed self-assessment using the PROS scale for adult ADHD here (This is a PDF file. To view it, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. To take the inventory, print the PDF file and fill in your answers.)

The most important question is: are you ready to tackle your ADHD symptoms?

Research indicates that symptoms of ADHD result from the failure of neuronal networks that connect different parts of the brain and enable them to work effectively together. It could be that the parts of the brain regulating attention and focus could either be overactive or underactive.

ADHD is commonly identified in children and adolescents, but it is often overlooked in adults. More than 60% of children with ADHD will have adult ADHD.

A consultation to diagnose Adult ADHD includes:

  • A comprehensive review of medical history
  • Further testing to rule out other conditions

It is also very helpful to get input from someone who knows you well.

While you might want your ADHD issues resolve with medication alone, research indicates that the  most effective treatment includes coaching to manage ADHD behaviors, along with medication.

 

Medications used to treat  ADHD help restore healthy brain functioning. There is healthy brain functioning when important neurotransmitters are able to correct imbalances in the brain.

 

Through skills coaching, you will be helped to develop strategies for managing your ADHD symptoms. and taught  effective problem solving techniques. What you learn will help you manage your responsibilities at work and in your social relationships. And that will give you more free time to enjoy your life.

Successful treatment for Adult ADHD requires a treatment approach that meets your specific needs. The most effective treatment for you depends on your personal characteristics.  Your profile is defined by your genetics, your life style, and the events in your childhood that impacted your development. Each of these factors will be considered in creating your treatment plan.

Let us help you address your concerns.

 Call Potomac Grove Psychiatry today for an appointment: 301-963-0060.