ADHD: It’s not just for kids!
The fact is that ADHD is not something that you outgrow. Maybe you’re a college student and you realize that you can’t focus in class, can’t remember what you read, are putting off doing your labs and term papers, and stay up all night trying to get stuff done.
Maybe you’ve somehow made it through school, but you always thought that you had problems paying attention. You had dreams and hopes, but could never organize yourself enough to put a plan together and make your dreams come true. So you find yourself working at a job you hate, wondering how you ever got there. You know you want a better life, but after work, you don’t have the energy to try to turn things around. So you use alcohol, drugs, video games, YouTube, Facebook, or gamble on sports games in order to just block it all out.
Maybe you’re in your 30’s, 40’s and your marriage is on the verge of divorce because your spouse can’t take your forgetfulness, failure to pay bills, inability to hold conversations, and your anger, depression, or alcohol use. You’ve got post-it notes plastered everywhere, your stuff is piled up all over the place. Maybe your boss has told you that you’ve made too many mistakes at work, you’re close to losing your job, and have no idea what to do next.
Better late than never!
About 25% of our patients either were never diagnosed with ADHD as kids, or were diagnosed with ADHD but stopped treatment at some point. If that’s you, chances are you have lived with feelings of depression, anger or anxiety and tried to “self-medicate” with food, nicotine, alcohol, or other drugs. If you did talk with your physician about these problems, chances are you would have been given a medication for your depression or anxiety or anger. Unfortunately, anti-depressant and other medications to improve your mood typically do not work for adults with ADHD and often make symptoms worse.
So, what do we do?
We start by listening. By looking at the life story of our adult patients. By actually testing their attention. And by making sure that a thorough medical evaluation is completed, because adults (more than children) are quite likely to have other medical conditions that can cause symptoms of inattention or interfere with the successful treatment of ADHD.
What kinds of treatment do we offer for adults?
To help you improve your attention, concentration, working memory and organizational skills, we will guide the selection of medications that are most likely to work (provided that you are interested in the use of medication). If you begin a medication, we will evaluate your progress not just by a questionnaire, but by directly testing your brain’s response to any medication that you take. Our goal is to help you take the right medication, at an effective dose for you.
If you are interested in improving your attention through training, we can provide neurofeedback treatment, which has been found to be quite helpful for patients with ADHD. We also will share with you our knowledge of home-based computerized attention training software. Just like with medication, we will evaluate your progress to make sure that you are benefiting from these types of treatments.
Coaching, Marital Therapy, Parent Counseling
Once your attention has improved, many of problems that you may have experienced will lessen. However, it’s pretty common that our college students will need guidance in developing more effective habits in order to succeed at school. We will work with you to get you connected with your college’s Office for Students with Disabilities or Learning Assistance Center to get a plan together to get you back on track.
Do you have other questions?
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