Symptoms of ADHD typically appear before the age of 12 and often persist into adulthood. In some cases, your symptoms may not be diagnosed until adolescence or adulthood.
ADHD is defined by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity, or both. The first six symptoms in this list represent inattention, while the last six are caused by hyperactivity and impulsivity:
ADHD symptoms create significant obstacles when it comes to maintaining your job and personal relationships. Additionally, it’s estimated that 38% of adults with ADHD also have a mood disorder like depression, and half struggle with an anxiety disorder.
If you haven’t already been diagnosed with ADHD, the team at ENIHEALTHCARE talks with you about your symptoms and uses a standard evaluation that objectively measures inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.
After your diagnosis is confirmed, they develop a treatment plan that includes medications and/or psychotherapy.
Stimulant medications tame hyperactivity and impulsivity and improve your ability to concentrate. If your symptoms don’t improve with stimulants, your provider may prescribe a non-stimulant medication. You may need to go through a trial-and-error period as they gradually determine the best medication and dose for your metabolism.
Talk therapy can help you learn ways to improve your time management and organizational skills. You may also benefit from therapy if you need help improving your relationships or dealing with impulsive behaviors, anger, anxiety, or depression.
If you need help with ADHD, call ENIHEALTHCARE or book an appointment online today.