Common Adult ADHD symptoms and problems
Most people with ADULT ADHD have issues with difficulties getting organised, traffic and driving problems, relationship difficulties, extreme distractibility and poor listening skills. There are also issues with restlessness, difficulties in ADHD relaxing or starting a new task. Anger control and chronic lateness issues plague their life resulting in issues with relationships and employment.
People with ADULT ADHD may have lower self-esteem than other adults. Some studies on adults with ADHD show that more than two-thirds may have another mental health condition, and about over 50% have more than one such condition. The most common other problems that adults with ADHD suffer from include substance abuse and addiction; mood, anxiety and personality disorders. In terms of personality disorders, adults with ADHD are at risk for developing antisocial and borderline personality disorders. More than one-third of adults with ADHD need adult mental health treatment.
Treatment of Adult ADHD:
Only a qualified health professional can make an accurate diagnosis of Adult ADHD, although there are some self-screening tests that may help to decide whether you may have the symptoms and might need to consult a medical professional.
Since many different conditions can also cause Adult ADHD-like symptoms, these tests alone can’t diagnose adult ADHD.
If, after talking with a qualified health professional, you or your loved one is diagnosed with Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, you’ll need to work together with your doctor to design the best treatment plan. Often, ADULT ADHD is treated with a combination of ADHD specific medications and other medications to manage associated mental health conditions. Predominantly, we do use Psychostimulants (Methylphenidate and Dexamphetamine) or Atomoxetine.
We also recommend ADHD Coaching. Coaching assists clients with attention and other executive function issues, including ADHD with the aim is to help create consistency and reliability in your life. This includes:
* staying focused on your goals
* facing obstacles
* addressing core function related issues.
Please also refer to http://www.connectadhd.com/ for more information. This needs further discussion.
AT MARSAI CLINIC:
We do treat a range of Adult ADHD and associated conditions in our clinic. We need you to first check if you have some of the symptoms as described above, then contact your GP for a consult. If you both agree, please ask your GP for a referral to the clinic (addressed to Dr Saibal Guha).
It might be beneficial to bring the following to your first appointment:
- GP Referral
- Any information about Childhood ADHD from Specialists or Psychologists (if you were treated as a child)
- Close family member to assist in the process
- School reports or other reports that might show issues with functioning
- Any other reports that might assist your diagnosis
We specialise in Adult ADHD, including assisting with its treatment and also using a ‘coaching and mentoring’ model for assisting with symptom management. We use evidence based practices, with regular scheduled follow-ups. We usually attempt to follow-up our patients for at least 6 months, or until they feel stable.
So, if you think you need an assessment, we are there to assist you. Contact us for more information.
- Quick Checklist for Adult ADHD screening – ‘WHO ASRS Form’
- http://www.adhdandyou.com/ (support network)