ADHD is also known as Attention Deficit Hyperkinetic Disorder.

Many of you might have heard that ADHD is a disorder which occurs only in Children? 

However, more and more evidence is showing that ADHD persists beyond childhood into adulthood which makes the recognition and ADHD treatment for adults very imperative.

More than 50 to 60% of the symptoms in children with ADHD persist to Adulthood.

5.29% of Adults worldwide suffer ADHD. 

Though ADHD was not recognized as mental Health Disorder by American Psychiatric Association till 1968, you will be surprised to know that it has been described historically since 1798.

Think about the following questions. Do you answer yes to some or many of these?

Do you have difficulty in giving attention to details?

Would you say you are forgetful especially when it comes to remembering appointments?

Do you often lose things?

Do you struggle with motivation and getting initiated in tasks?

Do you struggle to keep attention in tasks especially when it does not interest you?

Do you compensate with hyper focussing to get things done?

Do you have difficulty filtering out noises (such as difficulty maintaining conversation when in a noisy situation such as a party?)

Do you struggle with explosive anger and have difficulty regulating your emotions?

Would you say you are impulsive?

Do you struggle with waiting in queues?

Are you a fidgety and “on to go” person?

Do people say you talk excessively and have tendency to talk over people and complete their sentences?

As we have more evidence, we are now beginning to understand that ADHD is not just about attention problems and being hyperactive but a larger dysfunction at the executive functioning tasks. 

Executive functions include initiating tasks, self-regulating, monitoring, setting goals, prioritizing, organizing, filtering out distractions and using the working memory to accomplish the goals.

Executive function requires functioning of working memory to retain information enough to perform a task, inhibitory mechanisms to control impulses when getting a task done and cognitive flexibility to shift attention between tasks to accomplish a goal.

This is akin to a maestro who conducts an orchestra and has to be skilled at reducing music of certain musical instruments at certain times and increasing the music of others to make magical music. A maestro will be using all his executive function skills.

Why is Adult ADHD treatment important?

Untreated ADHD is associated with increased risk of substance misuse, lower educational achievement, lower employment and higher risk of premature with comorbidities.

How is Adult ADHD diagnosed?

ADHD is a clinical diagnosis. The psychiatrist will take a detailed history including nature of symptoms, duration and presence in childhood. Questionnaires may be administered to aid the diagnosis of Adult ADHD.

Co morbid mental health issues, medications, use of substances and medical issues will all be assessed. Investigations may be requested according to the diagnosis. Adult ADHD is commonly comorbid with OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). You can visit our page for learning more on OCD treatment in Chennai.

Chennai minds offers Adult ADHD Treatment. Dr Radhika Murugesan’s special interest is in Adult ADHD Treatment with special interest training in Adult ADHD Clinics in Maudsley London. She continues to have a research interest in Adult ADHD.

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