Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
(ADHD) is a condition in which people have a hard time paying attention. Adults
with ADHD also may be more active than normal. They tend to act without thinking.
ADHD may make it harder for them to focus, get organized, and finish
ADHD most often starts in childhood and lasts into adulthood. Many adults don't know that they have ADHD until their children are diagnosed. Then they begin to see their
Doctors don't know what causes ADHD. But it tends to
run in families.
The most common types of ADHD symptoms in adults are attention problems
Adults with ADHD often find it hard
with ADHD may:
ADHD in adults may affect:
ADHD can be treated with
medicines, behaviour training, or counselling. Or it may be a combination of these treatments.
Stimulant medicines are most often used to treat ADHD. These may
Other medicines that may be used are:
Behaviour training can help adults with
ADHD learn how to:
Counselling is not meant to treat
inattention, hyperactivity, or impulsiveness. But it can help with some of the
problems that go along with ADHD. These include not getting along well with others and
having problems following rules.
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Current as of:
July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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