Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is characterized by impulsiveness, hyperactivity and inattention. In the past few years, the first Adult ADHD Treatment usually offered has been just stimulant drugs. Studies indicate that around two thirds of the adults suffering from ADHD who avail these medications show considerable improvements in ADHD symptoms. Some of the examples of stimulant drugs that might be applied for adult adhd treatment include Vvyanse, Focalin XR, Concerta and Adderall XR.
However, there are times when people may face some difficulties in utilizing the stimulant medications to treat adults with ADHD. Stimulants are typically controlled substances and it is quite common for adults suffering from ADHD to have had or to have problems due to substance abuse. The short-acting stimulants might wear off faster and since the adult patients tend to administer the treatments themselves, and sometimes have forgetfulness problems, strict adherence could be problematic with several dosing the whole day. Adults might experience significant difficulties in the evening when doing regular housework, driving, helping their children with homework or are tempted to take these substances to relax.
Strattera is a non-stimulant medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US for treatment of ADHD, not only for adolescents and children but for adults too.
Adults with ADHD can be treated with one or even more of the following:
- Individual behavioral and cognitive therapy to enhance ones self-esteem.
- Stress management and relaxation training to reduce anxiety and stress.
- Behavioral coaching to teach the patients strategies on how to organize work and home activities.
- Job mentoring and coaching to improve on the job performance and support good working relationships.
- Family therapy and education.
Family support, education, individual therapy, medication management, treatment planning and in-depth assessment are all essential to help the adults with ADHD work in different ways and build their self-esteem. Since ADHD is most often linked to other conditions, like chemical dependency, obsessive compulsive disorder, mood and anxiety disorders and specific learning abilities), in-depth assessment of the patient is the initial step in coming up with a comprehensive treatment plan.
Psychosocial behavior handling strategies
Adults suffering from ADHD could also benefit from certain simple behavioral management strategies and organizational concepts to help them manage this condition. Here are a few ways to make these problems more manageable or train yourself on how to overcome them:
1. Take the medications as directed: In case you are under medications for ADHD, ensure that you take them strictly as prescribed. For instance, missing a single dose or even taking 2 doses at once to cover the missed ones can lead to some negative consequences on your condition.
2.Organize yourself: Try to be more organized. You can make a list of all the daily tasks and strive to finish them. Utilize a daily planner, set the alarm clock and leave notes when you want to remember some appointments or any other activity.
3.Control impulsive behavior: For patients who tend to act in some ways that they can regret later such as getting angry at other people, control the impulse by counting 1 to 10 as you breathe slowly rather than acting out.