Adult ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is a condition that can be challenging to manage. Most people are aware they have ADHD since core symptoms typically start to manifest before the age of 13. However, ADHD is a condition that continues into adulthood.
Parents need to remember there is not a single test that can determine if your child has ADHD. Instead, a combination of observations, examinations, and testing is required. Equally so, adults need to be aware that other medical conditions have similar symptoms as ADHD, such as:
- Substance Abuse Disorders – Misusing and abusing alcohol or drugs can cause problems concentrating and focusing.
- Mental Health Disorders – Several mental health disorders have symptoms associated with ADHD, including learning disorders, anxiety, psychiatric disorders, conduct disorders, and depression.
- Medical Conditions – Certain medical conditions can affect thought processes and behaviors that could be mistaken for ADHD, like hypoglycemia, seizures, developmental disorders, sleep disorders, and thyroid disorders.
ADHD Treatments for Adults
There are several effective ADHD treatment options for adults. The types of treatment prescribed does vary based on the severity of your ADHD, which could include:
- Skills Training
Counselling for adults with ADHD involves using different methods that best suit their needs and objectives. Some people will benefit from CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). CBT incorporates skill training to manage thinking patterns and behaviors better.
Individual and couples counselling is another form of therapy that can be beneficial for adults with ADHD. Individual counselling provides education about ADHD to help develop better coping mechanisms.
Couples counselling is beneficial to help partners and spouses of adults with ADHD better understand how they can help their loved ones. This type of counselling can also help couples improve their problem-solving skills and communication skills.
Other benefits that can be gained with regular counselling for ADHD include:
- Developing skills to reduce impulsive behaviors.
- Learning how to improve organization and time management skills.
- Addressing past problems related to work, education, and social encounter failures.
- Learning ways to improve self-esteem.
- Learning temper and anger management skills.
- Developing strategies for enhanced problem-solving.
Ongoing counselling for adult ADHD provides a safe, secure, and non-judgmental environment to help you better manage your condition.
One of the main topics adults with ADHD want to address in counselling is working on their relationships with family, friends, co-workers, and employers. It is common for adults with ADHD to forget commitments, be unpredictable, make irrational or impulsive decisions, show up late to appointments, and miss deadlines at work.
These types of behaviors can strain and test the patience of more understanding friends, partners, spouses, co-workers, and bosses. Therapy that addresses these issues can help you develop skills to better monitor behaviors to help you more successfully manage your ADHD.
If you have adult ADHD and want help better understanding your behaviors and developing the skills to better managed your ADHD, please feel free to contact Toronto couple & individual counsellor, Ellen Starr by calling 416-488-3102 to schedule an appointment today!