In this article, we’ll talk about how adult ADHD presents, how professionals screen for it, and it’s treated after a diagnosis.
Adult ADHD may not be as clear-cut or easy to recognize as childhood ADHD. This is primarily because hyperactivity usually decreases while struggles with impulsiveness, restlessness, and difficulty paying attention may be confused for laziness. Additionally, adults usually develop a list of coping mechanisms to further mask their symptoms that, at some point, almost feel second nature in public.
That being said. Inattentive, hyperactive, and blended ADHD can and does affect a large number of adults.
The CDC defines each form of ADHD by the symptoms below:
In order for a specialist to consider an ADHD diagnosis, you have to have six or more of the symptoms above.
In addition, someone with ADHD has to meet the following symptoms as well:
Test questions will vary from test to test and organization to organization, but they’re all trying to get an overall idea of what symptoms you have and which ones you don’t as well as how severe your specific symptoms are.
It’s important to remember that and ADHD screening is not a test. You can’t ace it by answering the questions “correctly.” An ADHD test
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Once diagnosed, there are multiple ways to treat ADHD. Each has its own benefits and negatives associated with them. A licensed medical professional can help you weigh these pros and cons and determine the best course of action for you.
At the heart of it, ADHD is an ability for someone’s brain to properly produce, process, and experience certain naturally occurring chemical compounds that help you feel happy, focused, and content. Stimulants like methylphenidate or amphetamine or non-stimulants like atomoxetine and certain antidepressants can be used to help treat your specific symptoms and help your brain better handle these chemical compounds.
Therapy can help teach you a variety of different healthy coping mechanisms so you can better manage your specific symptoms and function throughout the day in a way that’s good for you and those around you.
It can be hard for people with ADHD to make and maintain relationships with others as a lot of the symptoms of ADHD can hurt your relationship. For example, imagine having a spouse who has a hard time remembering to take your feelings into account before making a big decision. Relationship counseling helps both the person withADHD and those in their lives better manage their expectations and help one another improve their relationship.
Whether it’s making lists, keeping a calendar, developing specific daily routines, or something else, there are tons of different “lifehacks” that many people with ADHD report have helped them improve their quality of life.
Trifecta Health has developed an online test to help you determine whether or not you should consider seeking professional help with your ADHD. Just take our online ADHD test, consult with one of our medical professionals if your results suggest a diagnosis, and follow the treatment plan. Try the test today!
If you scored a 17 or higher on either Part 1 or Part 2, you might be suffering from Adult ADD/ADHD.
If you have a questions about your ADHD test results or want to make an appointment please contact Trifecta Health at(212) 233-2838 or reply to this email.
Trifecta Health’s ADHD professional will be glad to meet you in person or via Telehealth in a comfort of you home.