ADHD in Adults
ADHD is attention paying and impulsive behavior disorder. The person always remains constantly active and restless. This problem is not just a childhood disorder but, generally increases at the adolescent to adulthood stage. This is a semi-curable disorder and a person can lead a normal life.
It means a person faces a problem in paying attention and becomes excessively restless. ADHD starts from early childhood and lasts life long. It is semi-curable as stimulant drugs, other medication, psychological therapy helps in improving the condition.
ADHD is traced through the following symptoms:
- Inattention in school life at the early stage of childhood;
- Become excessively angry on small things;
- Self Obsessed; and
ADHD Adult Symptoms
- Poor Relationships;
- Not able to concentrate on work;
- Low frustration tolerance;
- Impulsive Behavior;
- Low self-esteem;
- Hot temper;
- Restlessness; and
- Frequent Mood Swings
What's normal and what's ADHD?
People at some point in time in their lives, come across such symptoms. Sometimes due to temporary external negative circumstances, people see these symptoms in them, but, that doesn't mean they have ADHD.
To be ADHD, the symptoms must last long for a long time, more than a year or from early childhood. ADHD can occur due to other mental health issues like anxiety and depression. The diagnosis of ADHD due to anxiety and depression is incurable and uncontrolled.
Causes/Risk Factors of ADHD
- Exposed to environmental toxins such as lead used in old building pipes
- If a person is a premature born
- A person is affected by other mental disorder such as anxiety, depression, etc.
As these symptoms are also noticeable in normal persons at some point in time in life, hence, there are some diagnostic criteria mentioned in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) by American Psychiatric Association :
- Careless mistakes in work;
- Face difficulty in continuous attention to work;
- Not listening properly when directly spoken;
- Have a problem with performing and completing tasks;
- Almost forget everything.
- Fidgets/ Squirm hands and legs while seated at one place;
- Leaves the room suddenly, when expected to seat;
- Extra active when it's not required;
- Often talks too much;
- Give answers without listening to the whole question;
Note: The person must meet at least 6 criteria for a year or more to get diagnosed.
- Allopathic Stimulants/Drugs- Stimulants or drugs are given to balance & boost neurotransmitters. For example Ritalin, Concerta, Adderall XR.
- Homeopathic Medicines for ADHD- Coffea Cruda, Synaptol, Verta Alb are few medicines.
- Psychological Therapy- Cognitive Therapy improves a person's behavior and changes the negative pattern thinking into positive ones. Also, Marital Counseling and Family Therapy help loved ones to cope up with the person having ADHD and improves communication skills.