Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health disorder that makes focusing, paying attention, and concentrating very difficult. It’s one of the most common behavioral disorders affecting American children, but did you know that affects an estimated 5% of adults?
Although ADHD is common, there’s still a lot of confusion about the condition — from the symptoms it causes to how it’s treated. At Boston Neurobehavioral Associates, our team is here to help you sort fact from fiction.
We specialize in adult psychiatry for ADHD. We offer in-person and virtual care for patients in the Boston area, as well as telehealth services in Chicago. Here are a few of the misconceptions we see when it comes to adult ADHD and its treatment options.
Fact or fiction? Children with ADHD grow out of it as adults.
Answer: fiction. ADHD is one of the most common mental health conditions among kids. It’s true that most people with ADHD are first diagnosed in childhood, but adults can have ADHD too.
In fact, an estimated 60% of people who have ADHD as children will still have it as adults. It is possible that a child will grow out of ADHD as they get older, but it’s more likely that their symptoms will evolve as they mature.
Fact or fiction? Adults can experience different ADHD symptoms.
Answer: fact. ADHD is a complex behavioral condition, and it impacts each individual differently. That means children will experience different symptoms than adults, and every adult will experience it differently as well.
Adults can experience many of the same symptoms as children, from impatience and interrupting to excessive talking and constant movement. Other symptoms may become more apparent in adulthood.
Some of the most common signs of adult ADHD include:
- Angry outbursts
- Difficulty prioritizing
- Extreme distraction
- Inability to focus
- Marital or relationship problems
- Negative self-image
- Perpetual lateness
- Poor listening skills
Remember that not everyone will experience the same symptoms. Some adults with ADHD struggle more with organization and time management, while others find that their personal relationships and listening skills are bigger challenges.
Fact or fiction? Medication is the only way to treat adult ADHD.
Answer: fiction. Medication is a common treatment option for adult ADHD, but it’s often just one part of your treatment plan.
If you think you could have adult ADHD, start by scheduling an evaluation at Boston Neurobehavioral Associates. Our mental health specialists are trained to identify signs of ADHD in adults of all ages.
ADHD can’t be cured, but treatment is typically very effective in managing symptoms and improving quality of life. If you’re diagnosed with ADHD, you can expect your treatment plan to include a combination of medication, education, and psychological counseling.
Medication for ADHD, like stimulants, work to improve focus and balance key brain chemicals. Counseling or therapy helps educate you about the condition, giving you skills and coping mechanisms to improve your behavior.
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Struggling with performance at work? Frustrated by your inability to finish tasks or meet deadlines? Adult ADHD could be to blame. Learn more about this common condition with a personalized consultation at Boston Neurobehavioral Associates.
Contact us to get started. Call the Boston area office nearest you, ask about our telehealth services in Chicago, or request an appointment online now.