Do you have adult ADHD? There are many adults who think they have this condition, but really don’t, and nearly as many are suffering with no idea why.
In the below video, Dr. Judy Ho, a triple-board-certified neuropsychologist, describes what it’s like when an adult has attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, ADHD.
Adult ADHD affects an estimated 4.4 percent of U.S. adults.
It is more commonly diagnosed in men (5.4%) than in women (3.2%), according to a report by the National Institutes of Mental Health at the National Institutes of Health.
The estimated lifetime US prevalence of ADHD in adults, ages 18 to 44 years, was 8.1%, according to the report.
There are three types: hyperactive-impulsive type, inattentive-passive type and combined type.
The process of determining whether one has the disorder involves a multi-disciplinary evaluation by experienced clinicians.
This includes a medical exam, a clinical interview, the use of rating scales and sometimes a neuropsychological or psychological-educational evaluation as well.
It’s important to make sure the clinician is an experienced diagnostician because ADHD often presents with other, co-occuring conditions as well.
The best way to treat adult ADHD is with a combination of psychotherapy and medication.
Think cognitive behavior therapy, life coaching and other types of therapy. Medication is used because this is a physical condition.
In addition, one can use environmental and lifestyle interventions to improve the situation as well. Start with addressing sleep issues, modifying the diet, increasing exercise and determining whether you need nutritional supplements.
One cannot diagnose this condition simply by listening to a video. If you are wondering whether you have adult ADHD — or that someone you love might have it — make an appointment with a qualified professional to find out more.
You’ll be glad you did!
Hana Julian is an experienced clinician with expertise in ADHD across the lifespan. For more information, contact TheJerusalemTherapist@gmail.com, or send a text via WhatsApp to: +972-54-310-1933.