Identifying the Treatments and Symptoms of Adult ADHD

Feeling like you can’t hold your focus or concentrate on daily tasks? Wondering if you’re living with Adult ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)? Identifying the symptoms of adult ADHD in your life or that of a loved one’s life may be the information you need to make the choice to get help. And, establishing a life of mental health wellbeing.

Types of ADHD in Adults

There are actually three different types of ADHD that adults can experience. Essentially, all forms of ADHD include characteristics of hyperactivity, inability to concentrate or pay attention, and/or impulsivity. All forms of adult ADHD are neuropathic disorders, meaning that they are caused by issues with neurological connections and activity.

There are three types of adult ADHD, but each differs in symptoms that characterize these disorders. The three types of adult ADHD include:

ADHD, combined presentation: This type of ADHD is characterized by symptoms of all three characteristics: hyperactivity, inability to concentrate or pay attention, and impulsivity.

ADHD, predominantly inattentive: This disorder comes with symptoms of mainly not being able to concentrate or pay attention to tasks. Therefore, adults with this disorder may not experience as much hyperactivity or impulsivity as people with other types of ADHD.

ADHD, predominantly impulsive/hyperactive: Opposite to predominantly inattentive, individuals diagnosed with this type of ADHD will experience symptoms of impulsivity and hyperactivity (fidgeting, not being able to sit still, etc.). But, they don’t experience a lack of focus, concentration, or the inability to concentrate on completing tasks.

Symptoms of Adult ADHD to Identify in Your Own Life

Due to there being different types of ADHD, people with these disorders may experience different symptoms. Some of the symptoms of adult ADHD include:

  • Having trouble remembering specific details of projects, assignments, and/or tasks
  • Difficulty following directions
  • Inability to accomplish tasks, projects, or assignments on time
  • Difficulty with holding concentration or focus on tasks
  • Avoiding necessary responsibilities (paying bills on time, going to appointments/meetings, etc.)
  • Losing important items
  • Being easily distracted
  • Having trouble staying organized

Getting a Diagnosis for Adult ADHD

Think you’re experiencing some of the above symptoms and that you may be living with adult ADHD? A psychiatrist can help to identify adult ADHD and provide an accurate diagnosis. Some of the things needed for a diagnosis for this condition include:

  • Experiencing at least 5 symptoms of the condition
  • Experiencing symptoms of ADHD for at least 6 months’ time
  • Having symptoms interfere with daily life and debilitate mental health wellbeing
  • Experiencing consequences as the result of symptoms (job loss, relationship issues, etc.)
  • Identification of whether symptoms may be due to other underlying mental health issues

During the diagnosis process, your doctor will likely ask you a number of questions in order to identify if you’re experiencing specific symptoms of adult ADHD. Furthermore, you may be asked to fill out a questionnaire in order to pinpoint symptoms you’re living with on a daily basis. Also, you may be asked questions about your medical history, family history, and mental health history.

Treatment for Adult ADHD

There are a number of ways symptoms of this mental health diagnosis can be addressed. In most cases, doctors suggest a combination of psychotherapy and psychiatric medications. The combination of these treatments is successful in the management of symptoms so individuals can live their lives with fewer interruptions from symptoms of this condition.

Southcoast Psychiatric Services offers outpatient treatment for individuals living with ADHD. Find out more about how we can help you or a loved one with our treatment programs, psychiatric services, and counseling services today on our website.