Treatment of ADHD in Adults

Adults with ADHD can benefit by identifying the areas of their life that are most impaired by their ADHD and then seeking treatment to address them. They may benefit from treatment strategies similar to those used to treat ADHD in children, particularly medication and learning to structure their environment.

Medications effective for childhood ADHD continue to be helpful for adults who have ADHD (see Managing Medication for Adults with ADHD).

Various behavioral management techniques can be useful (see Organization and Time Management Skills for some helpful tips).

Some adults have found that working with a coach, either formally or informally, to be a helpful addition to their ADHD treatment plans.  For more information on coaching, see Coaching for Adults with ADHD.

In addition, mental health counseling can offer much-needed support to adults dealing with ADHD in themselves or someone they care about.  Since ADHD affects the entire family, receiving services from ADHD-trained therapists skilled in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy can help the adult with ADHD learn new techniques to manage living with ADHD.

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