What is Adult ADHD?
ADHD is short for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. ADHD is mostly associated with children but is also prevalent in adulthood since most children will carry their symptoms with them when they grow up. Since there are major life changes from childhood to adulthood, a person’s struggles can be very different from what they experienced when they were younger. Everyday living such as work or relationships can present a real challenge to a person with ADHD.
Symptoms of ADHD in Adulthood:
- Impulsivity – not being able to control one’s immediate reactions
- Hyperactivity – being restless, not being able to sit still, constantly having the need of doing something
- Distractibility – not being able to focus on a specific task
- Disorganization/Forgetfulness – unable to keep things organized, trouble getting work done, forgetting appointments and commitments
How Can You Help?
We need to remember that ADHD is not all negative. Most people that experience ADHD are very intelligent and creative. Most important is for that intelligence and creativity to be put to use. If a person with ADHD feels unchallenged or unfit for his/her environment it may have a negative impact on them and lead to substance abuse and/or depression. There are many options available that can facilitate the life of a person with ADHD. A great way to put their creativity to use is to get them involved in an art or writing program. That way they can let their creativity flow freely. Also, a good way to put their energy to use is to get them involved with a sport.
How Can Therapy Help?
Meeting with a therapist will enable you to learn how to control your impulsive behaviors, how to manage your time properly so that you will have an easier time in your work life, organize yourself better to keep clarity in life to not feel overwhelmed with daily tasks, and manage stress, anger or any other frustrations you may have due to your struggles. Whatever your need is, a therapist will sit with you and guide you in your walk to better your situation.
Tips For Yourself
- Educate yourself and others in your environment about ADHD
- Focus on your success and learn from your failures
- Keep a balanced life
- Involve your family with therapy if there are any signs of family stress
- Understand that ADHD has a biological root and needs to be treated like any other biological illness (speak with your doctor about specific details)
- Make clear goals for your life and live after them
- Keep yourself organized
- If you have Anger Management issues, speak with a therapist that will guide you to take the necessary steps to manage the problem
Amen, D. G. Specific Treatment Tips For Adults.