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 tasks.
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 own symptoms.
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 and hyperactivity.
Adults with ADHD often find it hard to:
Adults 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 include:
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: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry
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