Although attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is not that common, it does affect about 4.4 percent of the adult population in the United States. The greater problem is the rate at which those with this disorder are treated for it. Less than 20 percent of people with ADHD are actually ever treated for it. Symptoms of ADHD will often start in early childhood and continue developing well into adulthood. The earlier a person seeks ADHD treatment, the less likely it is to cause severe mental and social problems.
Most Common Symptoms of ADHD
The most common and frequent symptoms of ADHD are hyperactivity, impulsiveness and a hard time paying attention or staying focused on a task. Symptoms of ADHD are recognizable in children, but oftentimes, the symptoms are overlooked. Most children who display symptoms of ADHD at school or at play are often just considered especially troublesome children. As the symptoms worsen, a visit to a professional will then lead to a positive diagnosis. Symptoms of ADHD must have been present since the age of twelve in order to be diagnosed.
Adults with ADHD often struggle with highly impulsive behavior patterns that tend to always have them on the brink of causing or experiencing a catastrophe of some sort, whether it be work, friendship or romance-related. Some of the symptoms of ADHD can decrease slightly as you age, but many will continue to experience problems well into old age. The stress and anxiety of knowing you have this condition can make symptoms even worse.
Medication for ADHD
The major symptoms experienced with ADHD can lean towards hyperactivity or an acute lack of attentiveness. Depending on which kinds of symptoms are experienced the most, stimulant or non-stimulant medications may be prescribed. Stimulant medications are formulated to trigger sections of the brain associated with attentiveness and alertness. These are known as central nervous system stimulants.
If the problems are based on inattentiveness or if a stimulant medication does not work or causes too many side effects, non-stimulant medications may be prescribed. Sometimes, both stimulant and non-stimulant medications can successfully be used for ADHD treatment.
Behavioral Therapy and Holistic Treatment
A combination of medication therapy as well as behavioral therapy seems to suit many patients struggling with ADHD. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is particularly effective for a few different reasons. Holistic ADHD treatment is also becoming more and more popular, and for good reason.
When you learn to change the way you think about certain issues and situations, you can direct your attention to the present moment. You will learn to leave disturbing or distracting thoughts behind and focus on the present.