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What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Adult ADHD is a neurological brain disorder that presents itself as a persistent
pattern of inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity that is more frequent
and severe than is typically observed in individuals at the same level of mental
ADHD (which usually begins with ADHD in childhood) has only recently been
investigated. While some teens outgrow ADHD as they get older, about 60
percent continue to have symptoms late into adulthood.
ADHD is not specifically classified as a learning disorder, but can cause severe
learning difficulties in adults and teens.
The Difference Between ADD and ADHD
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is the umbrella disorder, encompassing three The content of this ebook is intended for
sub-groups. These three groups are defined as follows: informational purposes only.
● ADD Inattentive Type It is not intended to diagnose or treat any
medical condition. Nothing in this ebook is
● Teens and adults with this disorder are not overly active. They do not intended to be a substitute for
disrupt the classroom/office, so their symptoms might not be noticed. professional medical advice, diagnosis, or
Their main difficulty is the inability to focus and concentrate. In teen treatment. Always seek the advice of your
girls, this sub-group of ADD is the most common. physician or other qualified health
provider with any questions you may have
regarding a medical condition.
● ADD Hyperactive/Impulsive Type
In this sub-group of ADD, rarely adults exhibit only hyperactivity/ Never disregard professional medical
impulsivity symptoms. This is classified as ADHD, as it includes the element advice or delay in seeking it because of
of hyperactivity. something you have read in this ebook or
on ANY website.
● ADD Combined Type
Teens and adults with this type of ADD show hyperactive behavior
(starting in childhood), impulsive behavior, and cannot focus or
concentrate. Hyperactivity symptoms tend to be less noticeable in adults.
This is classified as ADHD as it includes the element of hyperactivity, and is
the most common form of ADHD.
How Does ADHD Manifest in Adults?
ADHD in adults manifests differently than ADHD in children, as hyperactivity
tends to decrease with age (for some but not all).
Although the exact prevalence in adults is unknown, studies thus far reveal that the
condition probably exists in about 2 to 4 percent of adults, and is marked by the
inability to maintain concentration, difficulty getting work done, procrastination,
and organization problems.
A person’s inability to focus, sit still, concentrate, or follow instructions can
greatly impair academic development or negatively affect their
Developing self-regulation is the biggest problem adults face when they have
ADHD. This is often not expected of young children but is expected of adults. This
self control affects an adult's ability not just to perform tasks, but to determine
when they need to be done.
Individuals with ADHD have difficulty with certain brain activity,
particularly in the area that is responsible for monitoring the behaviors that
control planning and organization. This can be extremely frustrating to the ADHD
When combined with ADHD, other learning disabilities can cause extreme
frustration for adults or teens struggling at college or in the workplace. A few
symptoms, such as disorganization, weak executive functioning, and inefficient use
of strategies can be seen in ADD, ADHD, and other learning disabilities.
Michele Carelse, Clinical
Although learning disabilities are common in adolescents with ADHD, they do Psychologist
not affect intelligence. People with ADHD span the same IQ range as the
Diagnosing ADHD in Adults
How is ADHD Diagnosed?
The diagnostic principles used for ADHD in adults and teens are identical to those
for diagnosing ADHD in children. It is important to establish whether the adult
ADHD symptoms were also present in childhood, even if they were not
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As with ADHD in children, the diagnosis is controversial and has been
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They point out the potentially positive behaviors that some adults with ADHD incorporating natural remedies into
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have, such as hyperfocus. Others believe ADHD is a different form of human depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD and
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Further, critics suspect ulterior motives of the medical industry, which
authorizes the definitions of mental disorders and promotes the use of
pharmaceutical drugs for their treatment. These are just some of the aspects
making diagnosis of ADHD highly controversial.
Symptoms should be observed in multiple settings such as university, home, work,
Adults (including teens) seeking a possible diagnosis can provide their own
history, input, and insight and make the process much easier than in the case of
very small children. Adults and teens can vocalize exactly what they feel and put
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Under no circumstances should ADHD be diagnosed in any individual whose
primary diagnosis is an emotional disorder, such as anxiety or depression.
Your health care professional/psychologist should investigate the following areas:
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A full medical history will be needed to put your behavior in context and Ebooks
screen for other conditions that may affect your behavior. Your health care
professional/psychologist will also want to talk to you about your feelings and
‘typical’ actions during the course of a routine day.
You will more than likely be asked to provide crucial information about your life at
home, behavior in college/work, and in other social settings. Your health care
professional/psychologist will want to know what symptoms you have, how long
the symptoms have occurred, and how the behavior affects you and your family.
Other signs or symptoms may be identified, warranting blood tests, brain
imaging studies, or an EEG. Blood or other laboratory tests are currently
recommended only if your psychologist/health care professional suspects lead
toxicity or other medical problems.
Recognizing the Symptoms of ADHD
Described by an author with ADHD:
"...It's like being super-charged all the time. You get one idea and you
have to act on it, and then, what do you know, but you've got another
idea before you've finished up with the first one. You then go for that
one, but of course a third idea intercepts the second, and you just
have to follow that one. Pretty soon people are calling you
disorganized, impulsive, and all sorts of impolite words that miss the
point completely. Because you're trying really hard. It's just that you
have all these invisible vectors pulling you this way and that, which
makes it really hard to stay on task."
It is important to keep in mind that there may be no "impairment" in your life, and
you could be fully functional. The characteristics of adult ADHD affect each
individual differently. Inattention and memory characteristics include the
● May be forgetful in daily activities
● May consistently begin a task and not complete it
● May have a problem following conversations.
● May be difficult to motivate yourself to begin a project
● May have difficulty following a timed schedule
● May be in constant movement
● May get bored easily
● May become restless after a few minutes of inactivity
● May have a great desire for active, risky and fast paced activities
Adult ADHD symptoms are not distinct, clear physical signs that can be seen in an
X-ray or show up on a lab test. They can only be identified by looking for
certain characteristic behaviors (which vary from person to person) and by
examining the history.
There are several symptoms for ADHD that seem to get worse when demands at
school, college, work or home increase. They are:
● Not listening to instructions
● Inability to get organized
● Fidgeting, especially with the hands and feet
● Talking too much
● Failure to finish projects, including work assignments
● Difficulty paying attention to and responding to details
What Causes ADHD in Adults?
One of the first questions you may have after being diagnosed with adult ADHD is
"Why is this affecting me? What went wrong?" or "Did I do something to cause
When correctly diagnosed, there is little evidence that ADD can arise purely
from social factors or environment. Knowing this can remove a huge burden
of guilt from family members or partners who might blame themselves for the
Researchers suspect that there are several factors that may contribute to the Six Good Reasons
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simple changes in diet, sleep, exercise, and routine can help. Even trying more
involved approaches like incorporating relaxation therapies such as guided
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Who is Likely to Suffer from Adult ADHD?
Although the exact prevalence in adults is unknown, studies so far reveal that the
condition, marked by inability to concentrate, having difficulty getting work done,
procrastination, or organization problems, probably exists in about 2 to 4
percent of adults.
● School-Related Impairments Linked to adult ADHD
Adults with ADHD may have had:
r A history of poor educational performance, thus a strong likelihood of
r More frequent school disciplinary actions
r May have repeated a grade
r May have dropped out of school
● Work-Related Impairments Linked to Adult ADHD
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● Social-Related Impairments Linked to Adult ADHD
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r Have driving violations such as: speeding tickets, suspended license,
car accidents, and/or a record of poor driving
r Use illegal substances more frequently
r Smoke cigarettes
r Self-report psychological maladjustment more often
● Relationship-Related Impairments Linked to Adult ADHD
Adults with ADHD are more likely to:
r Have more marital problems and multiple marriages
r Have higher incidence of separation and divorce
Remember that every individual is unique, and just because you may have been
diagnosed with ADD does not mean you will automatically experience or exhibit
Symptoms Indicating Something Other than ADHD
Many symptoms and behaviors can present themselves as symptoms of ADHD.
● Underachievement at college/work due to a learning disability (eg. dyslexia)
● Attention lapses caused by petit mal seizures, also known as absence
● Concentration and learning difficulties due to a sleep disorder or breathing
● Disruptive or unresponsive behavior due to physical abuse
● Disruptive or unresponsive behavior due to a family member or partner's
substance abuse or dependency on alcohol
● Attention-seeking behavior due to family or partner's lack of interest
● A sudden life change
● Substance abuse
● Medical disorders affecting brain function
● Incorrect level of schooling or incorrect placement at work
● Chronic fear due to a traumatic event
● Disruptive or unresponsive behavior due to anxiety or depression
Under no circumstances should ADD or ADHD be diagnosed in any individual
whose primary diagnosis is an emotional disorder, such as anxiety or depression.
It's very important that individuals are thoroughly evaluated and an in-depth
history is investigated before the conclusion of adult ADHD is reached.
Other causes of ADHD type symptoms are food intolerance, hypoglycemia (low
blood sugar), allergies, perceptual difficulties, nutritional problems, candida,
hyperthyroidism, Tourette's syndrome, brain dysfunction, family and emotional
problems, poor discipline, anxiety, depression, and other conditions. Each of these
problems would require different treatment and may even be exacerbated by
prescription medication for ADHD.
If other areas are determined to be a possible root cause of the behavior,
the diagnosis of ADHD must be put on hold until these areas are fully explored.
● Mental retardation
● Chronic illness being treated with a medication that may interfere with
● Trouble seeing and/or hearing
● History of abuse
● Major anxiety or major depression
● Severe aggression
● Possible seizure disorder
● Alcohol or drug abuse
Managing ADHD in Adults and Teens
You need to be proactive and take initiative to find the best possible treatment
plan. Be positive. Here are a few tips.
● Tips for you as an ADHD Adult:
r Set aside a few minutes each night to schedule the following day's
r Organize needed everyday items so you know where things are
r Use diaries and notebook organizers
r Don’t be too hard on yourself or set unrealistic goals
● Activities to Pursue:
While there is no single activity that guarantees teens with ADD/ADHD
instant success, certain types of activities tend to reap more positive results.
r Look for activities with a singular focus, such as sports that center
r Consider activities that involve movement, providing an appropriate
and controlled physical outlet
r Learn to play a musical instrument
r Seek activities that offer individualized instruction
r Explore activities that result in tangible rewards
● Activities to Avoid:
r Involve a lot of down time
r Require too much divided attention
r Require fine motor skills
Special Advice for Managing Teens with ADHD
Tips for you as a parent to help your ADD teen:
● Maintain as much routine and consistency as possible
● Try to avoid major or frequent changes
● Ensure that family relationships are stable
● Be very consistent in your discipline and keep all rules the same
● Speak often to your teen's teachers
● Engage in activities that promote concentration and listening skills
● Use frequent eye contact when speaking to your teen or giving
● Keep directions simple and set simple house rules
● Provide a structured outlet for hyperactivity
● Teach using as many of the senses as possible and make learning
● Review your expectations for your teen
● Reward positive behavior immediately
● Anticipate situations
● Make sure your teen is supervised at all times
● Learn and understand the symptoms of ADD
● Schedule tasks and reminders
● Organize needed everyday items
● Use homework and notebook organizers
● Set a homework routine
● Focus on effort, not grades
● Make a special effort to highlight positives in your child
Try not to:
● Use physical punishment
● Put too many expectations on your teen
● Focus too much on the areas your teen is struggling with
Prescription Treatments for ADHD in Adults
No comprehensive discussion of attention deficit hyperactivity is possible without
considering the benefits and disadvantages of prescription drugs - a subject
fraught with controversy.
Ritalin and the other ADHD stimulant medications have sparked a great deal of
controversy. Often seen as an easy 'quick fix' they are prescribed to treat
symptoms but not the underlying cause of ADHD.
Often people feel that by researching alternatives to prescribed drugs, they are in
some way neglecting their teen or loved one, and endangering their health.
Ironically, side effects of these prescription drugs can seriously
endanger a person's health.
In fact, investigating the possible side effects and long-term impact of
prescription drugs is almost certainly viewed as an act of love. Educating yourself
on each of the prescription drugs used to treat ADHD is a necessity if you want to
provide the safest treatment for yourself or for those you love.
There are some difficulties in using stimulants to treat ADHD in adults. Stimulants
are controlled substances, and it is not uncommon for adults (including teens)
with ADHD to have or to have had problems with substance abuse.
Short-acting stimulants may wear off quickly, and since adult patients administer
the medication themselves but usually have problems with forgetfulness,
consistency can be problematic with multiple-day dosing.
Adults may experience significant difficulty in the evening when they do
housework, pay bills, help children with homework, or drive. They may be tempted
to use substances 'to relax', which can lead to addiction and drug-
dependency. Teens may sell their medication to friends, or combine it with other
ADHD represents a growing market for pharmaceutical companies.
Although psycho-stimulants may be helpful for many families, no one should
underestimate the influence of the economic issues involved.
It is also a worry to note that the long-term affects of prescription drugs for
the treatment of ADHD have not been determined. For this reason, treatment
of ADHD with prescription drugs or stimulant drugs should be regarded a last
resort when all other avenues have been exhausted.
Research into the long-term effects of Ritalin and other drugs prescribed for
ADHD is still in its early stages. More research is needed.
Discuss with your doctor the risks and benefits of using these medications or
treating your teen with these medications.
It is strongly advised that the following criteria are fully investigated with regards
to any stimulant drugs: common uses, cautions, possible side effects, overdose,
additional information, and major drug interactions.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are still investigating certain side
effects of certain prescription ADHD drugs, and it is advisable that individuals do
their own research into these medications so that they are fully aware of the
Physicians still have a difficult time predicting which prescription medications will
produce beneficial results, so treatment is individualized and performed on
a trial and error basis. This 'hit or miss' technique requires close observation
and cooperation between all participants, and is understandably not the best
If an initial regimen doesn't work, doctors often change the dosage, switch to a
different drug, or even add another medication. Some doctors even recommend
trying a second psycho-stimulant if a first one does not work. If the individual still
doesn't respond, antidepressants or other second-line drugs may be prescribed.
Before long, a person may be taking a cocktail of drugs to treat the side
effects of the initial medication, thus creating a domino effect.
Remember, medications don't cure adult ADHD, they only control the
symptoms on the day they are taken. Although the medications may help the
individual pay better attention and complete work, they can't increase knowledge
or improve academic skills.
The medications can only help the individual to use those skills he or she already
possesses, which may just as easily be obtained through behavioral therapy and
other proactive techniques, such as 'out of the box' creative methods.
It is vital that you educate yourself on all aspects of ADHD before making a
decision regarding prescription drugs.
Other Treatment Options for Adults with ADHD
For people with ADHD, no single treatment is the answer for everyone. A
person may have undesirable side effects to a medication, making a particular
treatment unacceptable. Each person's needs and personal history must be
carefully considered. It is important to work with a health care
professional/psychologist to determine the safest treatment.
If all other options and avenues have been investigated and prescription drugs are
chosen for treatment, frequent follow-up visits should be scheduled to assess the
response and to detect possible side effects. Teens on medications should have
Stimulants are not a cure-all, and adults should be informed of healthy
choices with regards to food, exercise, and healthy hobbies. The best chance of
minimizing side effects is to use a remedy that is free of adverse or
unwanted secondary effects completely.
● Herbal and Homeopathic Remedies - A number of adults have tried
natural remedies as an alternative to psycho-stimulants and other drugs.
Small trials have found some agents, such as oral flower essence, Ginkgo
biloba, Panax ginseng, and melatonin may possibly have benefits for ADHD.
There are homeopathic remedies which effectively target some of the
disruptive symptoms of ADHD and allow the child to concentrate more
Natural remedies should be considered as a first step ahead of
prescription psychiatric drugs. When combined with strong dietary control,
counseling (as necessary), and a healthy lifestyle, natural remedies have
been show to be effective in helping to alleviate the symptoms of ADHD.
● Dietary Approaches. A number of diets have been suggested for people
with ADHD. Various studies have reported behavioral improvement with
diets that restrict possible allergens in the diet. Parents may want to
discuss with their health care professional, homeopath, or naturopath
concerning implementing an elimination diet of certain foods or
adding supplements that would not be harmful and that might help. This
is a very individualized approach and would differ from child to child.
Always consult a nutritional expert before restricting your diet.
● Feedback Approaches. A technique that uses auditory (sound) feedback
may prove to be an effective tool for increasing attention.
● Neurofeedback. This technique uses electronic devices to help control
brain wave activity.
● Interactive Metronome and Musical Therapy. Feedback from sound
is used to improve attention, motor control, and certain academic skills.
● Massage and Relaxation Techniques. Massage therapy can help ADHD
adults feel more relaxed, fidget less, be less hyperactive, and focus on tasks.
Other methods include reflexology, relaxation training, meditation, and
The Natural Approach
While Western medicine has become the norm in many cultures, it is not the only
treatment option. Conventional western medicine, often called allopathic
medicine, is the system of medicine taught at most medical schools and most
pharmaceutical and synthetic medicines are manufactured and marketed
according to the principles of allopathic medicine. Allopathic medicine is also
sometimes called orthodox medicine.
Because most of us in the Western world have grown up in a society in which
allopathic medicine is the prevailing norm, we forget that, only a few decades ago,
homeopathic, herbal and other natural medicines were commonly available – and
freely used even by conventional doctors. While there are often heated debates
about which system of medicine is ‘better’ than the other, many responsible
doctors (whether they are allopathic or not) recognize that both have a role to play
in the treatment program.
Natural medicine has often been frowned on by conventional doctors, especially by
those who did not have sufficient knowledge of these medicines. However, it is
encouraging to note that some medical schools are now beginning to re-introduce
it into their course work, thereby providing doctors with a wider range of
treatment options from which to choose. In many countries, especially in Europe,
India and China, natural and homeopathic medicines are commonly prescribed by
conventional doctors and represent a significant part of the total annual drug sales.
Naturopathy is a branch of medicine (just as allopathy is a branch of medicine)
which operates according to the underlying philosophy that the body has an innate
capacity to heal itself. While natural medicines are often called ‘alternative’ or
‘complimentary’ medicines, they are, in fact, a unique and independent form of
medicine in their own right, well able to treat a variety of conditions. Perhaps the
term ‘holistic’ medicine is more apt, given the broad range of treatment options
and approaches which are to be found within the practice of natural medicine,
which encompasses many different disciplines, including herbalism, homeopathy,
iridology, osteopathy, chiropractic, therapeutic massage techniques,
aromatherapy, acupuncture and many, many more.
Most naturopaths will use a variety of treatment modalities in order to treat their
patients in a holistic way to support health, relieve symptoms and prevent future
disease. In fact, even the World Health Organization defines health as being "...
more than simply the absence of illness. It is the active state of physical, emotional,
mental and social well-being." This is a wonderfully clear description of holistic or
natural medicine, which strives to support health (thereby relieving or preventing
symptoms), rather than simply eliminating disease.
Although allopathic medicine certainly has a role to play and has made a
tremendous contribution to medical science during the past century, there is a
growing perception that it is not the only answer and that, in many cases, holistic
medicine can accomplish just as much, if not more – without the risk of side
effects, addiction and sacrifice to health so commonly associated with
pharmaceutical drugs. Contrary to common perception, and provided that they are
manufactured in the correct way, natural medicines can work quickly and safely to
In many cases, they can succeed where pharmaceutical drugs have failed. Despite
frequent reports that they are ‘unproven’ and ‘untested’, the opposite is true.
Natural medicines have a long history of usage and there is a wealth of empirical
evidence to support their effectiveness and safety. In addition, active clinical
research is carried out by many academic hospitals and universities to support the
extensive traditional and empirical evidence behind natural medicines.
It is also important to know that, like any medicine, herbal and homeopathic
medicines must be manufactured in the correct way, following acceptable
procedures and manufacturing methods to ensure maximum effectiveness and
safety. Due to the recent rise in popularity of natural remedies, many companies
have sprung up to take advantage of the market. Unfortunately not all of them are
equipped to manufacture to the correct standards, often resulting in a flood of
inferior (and sometimes even unsafe) remedies onto the market – and giving
natural remedies a bad name.
Even some pharmaceutical companies have rushed to claim their market share by
producing so-called ‘standardized’ extracts of herbs and offering these as superior
to the tried and tested methods of naturopathic manufacturing. Nothing could be
further from the truth. While ‘standardized’ extracts may offer benefit of easy
consistency of dosage (and cheaper more efficient production lines), they have
grave disadvantages. These include an increase in side effects as the medicines
produced in this manner lose the natural protective properties of the herbs. In
some cases, these side effects have proved fatal – as was seen in the liver toxicity
associated with standardized extracts of kava kava, a herb previously safely used
for generations without any known side effects.
Most naturopaths recommend what is called the Full Spectrum Method of
extraction – which retains the benefits of ALL the active ingredients within the
herb as opposed to isolating only one – thereby providing a more complete
treatment as well as superior protection against side effects.
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discussing them with your doctor in order that your condition may be monitored.
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