Treating adult ADHD. (Illustrative).
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Most people are quite aware of childhood ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder), since it is one of the most common disorders diagnosed in childhood and adolescence. Worldwide studies estimate that between 5-7% of children and teens have ADHD in either the inattentive (daydreaming) form or the hyperactive-impulsive side of the condition.
The most common treatment for ADHD is the use of stimulant medication such as Ritalin or Concerta. These stimulant drugs have been around for more than 50 years and they have helped millions of youngsters perform better in school. However, what happens when an undiagnosed child who has ADHD becomes an adult and his/her ADHD remains undetected?
Mental health experts explain that the signs of adult ADHD are not the same as they are in children, since the symptoms evolve into a more adult form of the disorder. Whereas the child acts out his/her symptom cluster in a behavioral way, by hyperactivity or day dreaming, many adult symptoms are expressed emotionally in feelings of restlessness, disorganization and/or forgetfulness.
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