Mental Health: What is Adult ADHD

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Mental Health: What is Adult ADHD

, Life can be overwhelming with tasks, responsibilities, and hobbies. For the average person, multi-tasking between activities is manageable. However, for others, it results in mayhem. This can be particularly true, That is to say for adults coping with this, and in recent years, more adults have been diagnosed with this mental disorder. ADHD is no longer just associated with adolescents: Psychiatry Advisor refers to a report from Bloomberg about the rise of adults prescribed medications from 39% to 53% between 2007 and 2014.


What is Adult ADHD?

ADHD is known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Adults struggle with coping with daily activities because of some of the symptoms of the disorder. Every person has their own experience living with ADHD. However, some of the common road blocks are disorganization, lack of focus, following directions, chronic procrastination, impulsiveness, poor memory, and time management.


What Are Treatments for ADHD?

The recommended treatment for adult ADHD is medication and psychotherapy. Psychotherapy depends on the personal treatment plan for the individual. Common psychotherapies are cognitive and behavioral. The most prescribed medications by doctors are Ritalin and Adderall. It is important to follow the specific dosage to avoid potential health risks. Also, ask your doctor about Ritalin and Adderall overdose symptoms.


How is an Adult diagnosed?

There are screening tests available online that offer a full questionnaire to assess if a person might have ADHD. If you suspect you or a loved one might need a medical diagnosis there are trained health professionals specialized in the disorder. Mental disorders that may be misdiagnosed with this are anxiety, depression, bipolar, or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Healthline explains that bipolar can mimic ADHD,  certainly because they share similar symptoms such restlessness, mood swings, impatience, talkativeness, and outbursts.


Abuse of ADHD medications

Life-threatening health concerns and even death has been the result of overuse. Live Science reports a 2016 study published in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, that non-medical use of Adderall increased by 67.1% and Adderall-related emergency room visits increased by 155.9%. Ritalin and Adderall overdose symptoms may include high blood pressure, increased heart rate, hallucinations, confusion, extreme aggression, and erratic body movements. Your doctor should review all possible side-effects and overdose symptoms with you.


How to Cope with ADHD

There are many ways to make your life more manageable. By creating better sleeping habits, increasing Omega-3 nutrients, exercising, breathing exercises and meditation you can lessen the symptoms of ADHD. A qualified specialist can create a daily treatment plan to accommodate your lifestyle. That is to say, helpful tips from other adults successfully managing their lives while coping with this disorder.