ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a mental disorder that often is diagnosed in childhood but can affect adults as well. It’s characterized by symptoms of trouble with focus and concentration as well as impulsiveness and other symptoms of hyperactivity. Living with ADHD presents a number of issues that can affect personal, educational, and career life. So, it’s important that people living with this disorder have access to available and helpful treatments. And, understand the symptoms of this disorder so they can discover whether or not treatment may be helpful So, what are the different ADHD symptoms and treatment?
Recognizing symptoms of ADHD in your life can help you better understand if treatment may be helpful for you. Furthermore, it can help to identify treatments that are available and may be most successful for your lifestyle and needs. However, there are two major types of ADHD, and the symptoms a person experiences helps to determine which type they may be living with. These two types of ADHD include inattentive ADHD and hyperactive ADHD.
Symptoms of inattentive ADHD may include:
Symptoms of hyperactive ADHD may include:
The type of ADHD and the symptoms of ADHD a person displays may determine which type of treatment may be best. Furthermore, combinations of treatments may also be effective for people living with ADHD to get the most out of treatment. Fortunately, there are a number of successful methods of treating this disorder. This way, both children and adults diagnosed with ADHD can find symptom relief, better manage symptoms, and go about living healthier lifestyles that aren’t interfered by debilitating ADHD symptoms.
In many cases, medication alone is enough to manage symptoms of ADHD for those affected. There are both stimulants and nonstimulants available to people living with ADHD, but the type of ADHD symptoms may determine which is best. Prescription stimulants work by stimulating the release of specific brain chemicals (dopamine and norepinephrine) that people living with ADHD may not produce enough of on their own. This can help to reduce symptoms of ADHD including hyperactivity and other similar symptoms. Non-stimulant medications can help individuals living with inattentive ADHD symptoms, those who may not be experiencing the symptom relief needed from stimulant medications, or people who are experiencing adverse side effects from stimulant medications.
The prescription ADHD medication that will be best for you is determinable by a doctor. But, people who wish to explore this route need to understand that it may take adjusting to a medication regimen for a period of time, which can include experiencing unwanted side effects. It’s best to be open to medication changes, dosing changes, and giving the body time to adjust when considering these treatments for ADHD.
Another helpful approach to ADHD management is therapy. Cognitive-behavioral therapy can assist people living with ADHD to identify the behavioral effects of ADHD so that coping skills can be adopted and utilized throughout daily life. This can help to curb unhealthy behaviors and impulsivity. In most cases, therapy is used in combination with medication therapy to treat ADHD.
Group therapy is helpful as it allows for a safe and guided atmosphere to practice what’s learned in behavioral therapy sessions. It also allows for people with ADHD to identify and relate to others’ experiences with this mental health disorder. This provides a supportive network of individuals who can share similar experiences and expectations for treatment.
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