ADHD Treatment

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health disorder that causes above-normal levels of hyperactive and impulsive behaviors. It is a diagnosis the American Psychiatric Association (APA) [1] recognizes. ADHD can be managed with the proper treatment. Therefore, to find the best options for treatment, it is recommended that we work closely with healthcare providers, therapists, coaches, and other family members.

ADHD Symptoms

There is a wide range of behaviors associated with ADHD. Some of the common ones include:

  • Having trouble focusing or concentrating on tasks
  • Being forgetful about completing tasks
  • Being easily distracted
  • Having difficulty sitting still
  • Interrupting people while they are talking

ADHD Treatment in Adult

Treatments for adults may include medication, psychotherapy, education or training, or a combination of treatments. ADHD may be associated with depression, mood or conduct disorders, and substance abuse in early adulthood. Also, ADHD lasts into adulthood for at least one-third of children.

Adults with ADHD often have difficulties at work and in their personal lives because of the ADHD symptoms. Many have inconsistent performance at work. And have difficulties with daily responsibilities. Also, experiencing relationship problems. Which extend to chronic feelings of guilt, blame, or frustration. Individuals that have ADHD may also have hard times with maintaining attention and may often forget important things. It affects academic and career success.

ADHD treatment
At Level Up NJ, we facilitate dual diagnosis clientele. In doing so, we provide the highest quality of care to those who need it most.

Diagnosis of ADHD

It is extremely important to have the right diagnosis of ADHD to get proper ADHD treatment. There is no single medical, physical, or genetic test for ADHD, but a diagnostic evaluation can be provided by a qualified mental health care professional or physician who gathers information from multiple sources. These sources include standardized behavior rating scales, ADHD symptom checklists, information obtained from family members or significant others who know the person well, and detailed history of past and current functioning. Professional practitioners will also conduct tests of cognitive ability and academic achievement to rule out a possible learning disability. ADHD cannot be diagnosed precisely just from short office observations or simply by talking to the person. The person may not always show the symptoms of ADHD during the office visit, and the diagnostician needs to take a thorough history of the individual’s life.

An ADHD diagnostic evaluation should be conducted by a licensed mental health professional or a physician. These professionals include physicians (psychiatrist, neurologist, family doctor, or another type of physician), clinical psychologists, or clinical social workers. Many times, the professional’s level of knowledge and expertise about ADHD is more important for obtaining an accurate diagnosis and effective ADHD treatment plan than the type of professional degree. Qualified professionals are always willing to provide information about their training and experience with adults with ADHD.

Participation of Loved Ones or Family

It is essential for the professional clinician to interview one or more independent sources, usually a significant other (spouse, family member, parent, or partner) who knows the person well. This step is not to question the person’s honesty, but rather to gather additional information. Many adults with ADHD have a poor memory of their past, particularly from their childhood. They may recall specific details but forget diagnoses they were given or problems that they have encountered. Thus, the clinician may request that the individual being evaluated have his or her parents fill out an ADHD profile describing childhood behavior.

Many adults with ADHD may not be aware of how ADHD-related behaviors cause problems for them and have an impact on others. In the case of married or cohabitating couples, it is to the couple’s advantage for the clinician to interview them at the same time when reviewing the ADHD symptoms. This step helps the non-ADHD spouse or partner develop a precise understanding and an empathetic attitude concerning the impact of ADHD symptoms on the relationship.

Many adults with ADHD may feel frustrated and deeply embarrassed by the ongoing problems caused by the disorder. It is particularly important that the person being evaluated discuss these problems openly and honestly and not hold back information due to feelings of shame or fear of criticism. The quality of the evaluation and the accuracy of the diagnosis and treatment recommendations will be majorly determined by the accuracy of the information provided to the examiner. In conclusion, the success of ADHD treatment will start effectively with the family or loved one’s participation.

Treatment for Adults

ADHD Treatment is not limited to medication. Some people may experience dramatic improvement while others experience little to no relief. The side effects also differ from person to person. Medication treatment for ADHD involves more than just taking a pill. When we fail to take the medication carefully for ADHD, it becomes less effective and riskier. Always seek out professional help before taking any medications.

ADHD Treatment and Therapy

Professionals trained in ADHD can help you learn skills to cope with symptoms and change habits that are causing problems. There are different types of therapies that are parts of effective ADHD treatment.

Talk Therapy – Individual talk therapy can help you deal with emotional baggage, including low self-esteem, the feelings of embarrassment you may have experienced as a child and teenager, and resentment at the nagging and criticism you receive from other people.

Marriage and Family Therapy – Marriage and family therapy addresses the problems ADHD can create in your relationships, such as forgotten commitments, conflicts over financial problems, responsibilities in the home, and impulsive decisions. Therapy can improve your relationships by educating your partner and family members about ADHD.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy – It will encourage you to identify and change the negative beliefs and behaviors that are causing dilemmas in your life. Many individuals with ADHD are demoralized from years of unmet expectations and struggle, The main goal of cognitive-behavioral therapy is to transform this negative outlook into a hopeful, realistic view.

Substance Abuse and ADHD Treatment at We Level Up

Several studies have shown a strong connection between ADHD, drug abuse, and alcoholism. At Level Up Treatment Center, we facilitate dual diagnosis clientele. In doing so, we provide the highest quality of care to those who need it most. Dual diagnosis cases (also called “co-occurring disorders”) are extremely common, especially among those with substance abuse disorders. In fact, there’s reason to believe that there is a causal relationship between many mental disorders and substance abuse disorders.

At the We Level Up NJ treatment center, we provide world-class care with round-the-clock medical professionals available to help you cope. All working as a team providing ADHD treatment for successful recovery. Make this your opportunity to reclaim your life. Call today to speak with one of our treatment specialists. Our counselors know what you are going through and will answer any of your questions. Your call is private and confidential and there is never any obligation.

Sources:

[1] ADHD – American Psychiatric Association (APA)