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
What is the prognosis of adult ADHD?
The prognosis for ADHD individuals tends to be influenced by the severity of symptoms, intelligence scores, whether or not the ADHD sufferer has other mental-health conditions, as well as the person's family issues, such as parental mental-health problems, family problems, socioeconomic status, and if the person with ADHD receives treatment. Stimulant treatment of ADHD improves the prognosis for adults, in that it decreases the risk for developing other psychiatric problems and for failing in school.
Is it possible to prevent adult ADHD?
Studies indicate that breastfeeding up to 6 months of age may help protect individuals from developing ADHD. As environmental and social insults like maternal drug use, medical, and emotional issues are risk factors for developing ADHD, prevention or treatment of those issues can help prevent ADHD. Also, early treatment of children with ADHD can decrease the condition's impact on the person's life as they move into adulthood.
Are support groups available for those with adult ADHD?
ADHD and You
CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
Where can people find additional information on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
American Counseling Association
American Psychiatric Association
American Psychological Association
National Association of Social Workers
National Mental Health Association
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