It is estimated that Adult ADHD affects about 4-5% of the Untied States population. Historically, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a diagnosis first discovered in the childhood years. Though for 60% of these children symptoms will continue into their adult years, it appears that few adults are identified and treated. The condition is characterized by inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. Untreated, ADHD is associated with higher rates of professional challenges, such as impaired occupational performance, and personal life issues, including social and relationship challenges. This often becomes exacerbated by behaviors that lead to avoidance, procrastination, and neglect of goals. Adults with ADHD have higher rates of accidents, legal issues, and substance use. Poor self esteem manifests as increased complaints of anxiety and depression, typically leading to further withdrawal and impairment.
First line treatment commonly includes psychostimulant medication management. Behavioral treatments are an essential intervention. Some helpful tips to improve performance are as follows: 1) Focus on time management: Create structure and consistency with daily routines. Use alarms, allocate enough time for a given task, and make deadlines. Set limits for your time, and don’t over commit. Don’t forget to take time-outs. 2) Organization leads to less clutter: Using folders and color coding can create a helpful filing system. Make lists such as To-Do lists, though keep it brief. Collect your thoughts, and prioritize.
Remember, it is important to stay fit, eat well, and, maintain adequate sleep hygiene. Manage your emotional stress, and don’t forget to create positive rewards for your efforts.