Adult ADHD (cont.)
Roxanne Dryden-Edwards, MD
Dr. Roxanne Dryden-Edwards is an adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist. She is a former Chair of the Committee on Developmental Disabilities for the American Psychiatric Association, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and Medical Director of the National Center for Children and Families in Bethesda, Maryland.
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
In this Article
- Adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) facts
- What is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?
- What are causes and risk factors for adult ADHD?
- How prevalent is adult ADHD?
- What are symptoms and signs of adult ADHD?
- How is ADHD in adults diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for adult ADHD? What medications treat adult ADHD?
- Are there any home remedies for adult ADHD?
- What are complications of adult ADHD?
- What is the prognosis of adult ADHD?
- Is it possible to prevent adult ADHD?
- Are support groups available for those with adult ADHD?
- Where can people find additional information on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?
- Adult ADHD FAQs
- Find a local Psychiatrist in your town
Are there any home remedies for adult ADHD?
While further research is needed to determine the potential effectiveness of natural remedies for treatment of ADHD, a number of parents use such alternative treatments in an attempt to help their children. Such remedies include dietary restrictions and vitamin supplements. A significant limitation of these remedies includes the difficulty in implementing them. Also, the already limited research available on the effectiveness of these remedies generally does not include studies on adults.
Lifestyle improvements have been found to help reduce some symptoms in children and therefore should be considered for adults as well. Such improvements include regular exercise and ensuring the person receives adequate sleep each night.
What are complications of adult ADHD?
Adults with ADHD are at higher risk for having low self-esteem, more depression, anxiety, and less adaptive social skills compared to adults who do not have the disorder. Developing other mental-health conditions (co-morbidity) is more common in adults who have hyperactivity and impulsivity rather than inattention as characteristics of ADHD. ADHD adults are also more likely to be in more motor-vehicle accidents, smoke cigarettes, use drugs, have anger problems, and to engage in antisocial behaviors, particularly if untreated.
Adults with ADHD tend to have more trouble with self-control and marital problems, as well as problems with peers and authority figures. They may be socially isolated.
Education and career
Adults with ADHD tend to complete fewer years of education. These individuals seem to be attracted to careers that often provide excitement, like sales. They tend to be plagued by procrastination, frequent changes in jobs, as well as lose more jobs and have difficulty organizing work tasks.
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