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ADHD

ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is stigmatized as a learning disorder only diagnosable in children. However, while people have this disorder during childhood, issues developed as a result of this condition can stem into adulthood. And, what many may not know, can even be diagnosed in adulthood as many don’t recognize or attribute symptoms to ADHD during childhood. While this disorder can make daily life and relationships more difficult to manage, ADHD treatment for adults is available. And, can help people living with ADHD in order to manage symptoms and take better control of their lives as well as their mental wellbeing.

What is ADHD?

ADHD is a mental health condition that is characterized by specific symptoms of forgetfulness and lack of concentration, which makes it challenging to complete necessary tasks. This is why this condition is identified in children as they can affect learning and school performance. However, it can also be diagnosed in adulthood as symptoms may not be as prevalent or even overlooked during childhood. So, adult diagnosis is possible and common.

Typically, people with ADHD tend to be very intelligent. However, the symptoms of their mental health conditions may seem to make them disorganized and unable to finish projects, which can affect not only their educational experience but their experience in their career fields as well. Some traditional symptoms of ADHD include:

  • forgetfulness
  • inability to complete tasks or projects on time
  • hyperactivity
  • trouble concentrating
  • losing items
  • disorganization
  • impulsive behaviors
  • short attention span
  • fidgeting
  • episodes of aggression

The difference between ADD and ADHD is that those with ADHD display symptoms of hyperactivity. ADD is just ADHD without hyperactivity, which involves fidgeting, trouble staying still, and impulsive behaviors. However, these terms can be used interchangeably, and describe the same mental health condition.

ADHD Treatment for Adults

Yellowbrick helps both adolescents and adults to better understand their ADHD diagnosis. And, take better control of the symptoms of this condition so that they can live out better, more productive lives. Here’s what you can expect from ADHD treatment at our facility:

Mental Health Assessment: Before treatment for ADHD can begin, a person must receive a diagnosis. To get an ADHD diagnosis, a mental health assessment is used to provide our mental health specialists with the information needed to make an accurate diagnosis. During the assessment, individuals can expect to undergo medical, physical, and psychological assessments. Information gathered during these assessments will help to identify if an individual is experiencing symptoms that characterize this disorder.

Psychiatric Medications: Prescription medications intended for use in ADHD patients are successful in helping individuals manage and reduce symptoms. Medications are typically prescribable on an individual basis and are determined by a person’s medical history, experienced symptoms, and mental health evaluation.

Medication Management: Once prescribed, medications must be monitored to ensure they’re effective and helping in the reduction and management of symptoms. Your doctor will ask you questions to ensure you’re getting the right dosage and using the best medication possible for your individual needs.

Psychological Counseling: Often, individuals living with ADHD can also struggle with concurring mental health issues. These issues develop as the result of living with and dealing with symptoms of ADHD. Some of these issues may include depression, anxiety, and stress disorders. Psychological counseling can help individuals address the concurring issues they face as a result of their ADHD diagnosis. And, develop helpful coping mechanisms in order to manage symptoms of these concurring issues.

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