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Treatment Options for Adult ADHD

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Treatment for adult ADHD can include medication and/or life coaching

Sports have always been easy for Danny. School, on the other hand, has always been challenging. Danny often felt bursts of interest in his coursework and wanted to do well, but no matter how hard Danny worked he couldn’t stay on top of his grades. After high school, Danny was admitted to a local college on a basketball scholarship. His parents were thrilled; it’s important to them that Danny get a college degree.

At college, Danny feels overwhelmed. He thinks he isn’t smart enough for college course material. He’s embarrassed. Danny starts to wonder why he should even bother attending classes. His school papers pile up out of sight where he won’t have to think about them. He spends most days at the gym playing basketball with a friend. Danny feels bored and angry; why is everything so hard for him?

ADHD is commonly treated in children; but in adults, ADHD can go unnoticed. Living with ADHD as an adult can be painful. You want to do better—you care about being a good employee or keeping track of your finances—but you simply can’t manage it all. Unaware of strategies for living with adult ADHD, your anger and frustration might turn inward.

How can adult ADHD be treated?

Adult ADHD is often treated with the same medication used to address ADHD in children. Medication can be helpful and effective but often comes with side effects. The aim of a prescription isn’t necessarily to keep you on medication forever. Instead, medication should be used to help you maintain the positive changes on your own that are effected during treatment.

In the presence of medication, the emotional aftermath of adult ADHD can still persist. Living with ADHD as an adult often means you could be experiencing depression, anxiety, and substance abuse as well. When you have ADHD, it can feel like you’re putting in much more effort than the people around you and still come up short. The signs of ADHD are often misunderstood—maybe you’ve been told you’re lazy or incompetent. After awhile, you might start telling those things to yourself.

Combining medication with therapy or life coaching can help you make great strides toward feeling good about yourself. In cognitive-behavioral therapy you’ll develop useful tools for staying organized and on top of things. You can learn how to plan more efficiently and better manage your time. The bad feelings that often accompany adult ADHD can be addressed in therapy too. Once you stop believing that the painful things brought about by ADHD are your fault, you can regain self-esteem. Spending some time thinking about what your strengths are allows you to draw on those strengths when you’re having a hard time.

Treatment for adult ADHD might also focus on strategies for relaxing and reducing stress. Living with ADHD can be harder some times than others, so learning how to deal with anxious feelings can help you stay afloat when things get tough.

Living with ADHD is often overwhelming and can cause problems at work or in your relationships. By working with a therapist or coach, you develop goals that are specific to you. When you talk with someone else about what you’re going through, you’re better able to develop plans and ideas for the future. Perhaps a Houston therapist will nudge you to find constructive outlets or help you to control impulsive reactions like anger.

If you’re perpetually frustrated by your inability to meet deadlines or focus on important work projects, seeking out a course of treatment that’s right for you will allow you to rely on and trust yourself in time.

Read more about managing adult adhd and recognizing signs and symptoms of adult adhd.  

Contact us in Houston to find out more about life coaching to cope with adult adhd. Our therapist are available for face to face sessions as online therapy sessions in limited area. To get started now give us a call to schedule an appointment at 832-559-2622 or schedule an appointment online.

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Rachel Eddins, M.Ed., LPC-S, CGP
Rachel’s passion is to help people discover their personal gifts and strengths to achieve self-acceptance, create a healthy relationship with food, mind and body, and find meaning and fulfillment in work and life roles. She helps people create nurturance and healing from within to restore balance and enoughness and overcome binge eating, emotional eating, anxiety, depression and lack of career fulfillment.

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