Experts agree that people do not suddenly develop ADHD as adults; that is why when a doctor sees an adult patient he will ask about their behavior and symptoms they experienced as a child. The doctor will ask the patient and their family about the school reports and comments on behavior and poor concentration.
Doctors will ask also if there is anyone else in the family with ADHD because it seems ADHD runs in families. After gathering the needed information and diagnosis, the doctor works with the patient to put the suitable treatment plan, which includes getting family support, therapy and medication.
This treatment plan helps the patient do things that can make life easier so they feel better about themselves. The patient should get fully checked by a doctor because ADHD adults often encounter other conditions such as anxiety, learning disability, obsessive compulsive disorder or mood disorder.
Having the whole picture is the first step for the best treatment plan. Studies show that the majority of adults with ADHD who take stimulant medications have improved a lot. These stimulant medications include Focalin, Adderall, Ritalin and others.
However, stimulants are not always perfect; they can be addictive which means the patient may get hooked on them. Also, it is a challenge to remember taking them several times a day because ADHD people have an issue with forgetfulness. Other parts of the treatment plan include behavioral therapy that can help the patient with self- esteem. Stress management and relaxation training can lower stress and anxiety.
Life coaching can be helpful as well to stay organized in general, and job coaching helps in having better relationships at work and improving performance. Making lists of daily tasks, leaving notes and setting the alarm for appointments or other activities are all helpful means for ADHD people to manage this disorder.