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The Hidden Struggle: Illuminating Adult ADHD

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Beginning the Conversation: An Introduction to ADHD

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a mental health condition that affects millions of adults in the United States. It is often misunderstood as a condition that only affects children. However, this is not true, ADHD can either be diagnosed in childhood or later in life. While children have better access to professionals who can identify the symptoms of ADHD, many children with the condition are missed due to a lack of understanding of the different types of ADHD. As a result, ADHD is more common among adults than many people realize. Studies indicate that only 20-40% of adults with ADHD are formally diagnosed, and many neurodivergent adults may not even realize that they have the condition. This can make it difficult for them to seek the necessary support.

Adult ADHD Uncovered: Understanding the Basics

ADHD is a condition that the Center for Disease Control defines as a persistent pattern of inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity that hinders functioning and development. This definition provides a basic clinical approach, but it may not be easy to understand how it affects an individual. In practical terms, ADHD in adults may appear as difficulties with memory, problem-solving, decision-making, consistent attention, focus, and other executive functions. These difficulties can lead to problems with task completion, forgetting important dates and deadlines, relationship problems, lower work performance, fatigue, fits of rage, and negative self-perception.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of ADHD, consider contacting the Wellness Psychiatry team. We specialize in diagnosing and treating this condition and provide a compassionate, individualized approach to care.

Deciphering ADHD: Unveiling the Diagnosis Journey

Generally, the diagnostic process for ADHD involves three steps:

  1. A clinician will discuss daily life with the individual and search for problematic symptoms that may be affecting their quality of life. These symptoms could include behavior patterns, thought patterns, and other dysfunctions.
  2. The practitioner will focus on possible external factors that could be causing these experiences. They will also examine the individual’s Mental Health history and other conditions.
  3. The clinician may ask the individual to complete other assessments to aid the diagnostic decision.

Although all clinics follow these basic steps, the process may vary significantly.

At Wellness Psychiatry, we provide a thorough and holistic diagnostic process. During a 60-90 minute intake appointment, our clinicians obtain a complete medical, psychiatric, developmental, and social history. They then proceed to use subjective assessment techniques, which typically involve the clinician asking questions and the individual rating the prevalence of specific symptoms in their life.

Once the subjective assessments are completed, the clinician may have enough evidence to diagnose but may require additional information. In such cases, the clinician may direct the individual to take an objective computer test called the QB check. Though it is FDA-approved for diagnosing ADHD, it is not always necessary to yield a diagnosis.

For some individuals, we may also request that others complete subjective assessments to provide a more holistic picture of the individual’s internal and external factors. If, after these evaluations, a formal diagnosis of ADHD is given, the clinician will then discuss treatment options. When discussing treatment options, we consider an individual’s daily life and personal needs to provide a personalized approach that increases their quality of life. If the individual agrees with the treatment plan, treatment can start immediately.

Navigating the Treatment Terrain: Options for Adult ADHD

Treatment options will vary and should be discussed with mental health professionals before use. However, there are generally a few standard techniques for treatment:

  • Medication: methylphenidates (Ritalin/Concerta) or amphetamines (Adderall) are commonly prescribed for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Bupropion (Wellbutrin), an antidepressant, is also a frequently recommended medication. It’s important to note that medication is not a mandatory aspect of treatment, but it’s an option that many individuals with ADHD choose to utilize.
  • Therapy: Therapy techniques can help improve functionality, time management, organizational skills, and other symptoms associated with ADHD. Two standard therapies typically used are psychotherapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Psychotherapy, also known as “talk therapy,” involves working with a therapy provider to explore your thoughts and feelings surrounding ADHD. On the other hand, CBT is a more specific type of talk therapy that focuses on understanding the connection between thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. CBT can help individuals recognize complex thought patterns and increase their ability to cope with ADHD symptoms.

The experts at Wellness Psychiatry have the necessary skills and expertise to provide the treatments mentioned above. However, since each case is unique, we will consider it individually. Employing a combination of methods will be necessary to ensure the best quality of life, and a clinician will guide you in determining the most effective approach.

Final Thoughts: Embracing the ADHD Journey

ADHD is a complex condition that significantly affects daily life. Whether it be difficulty with work, lack of motivation, decreased social abilities, or negative self-perception, ADHD can make even the most basic tasks seem difficult. If you are one of the millions of Americans who experience these symptoms, it is recommended that you consider seeking a professional evaluation. Living with ADHD can be much more manageable when you receive the proper treatment and support.

At Wellness Psychiatry, we offer a welcoming, holistic environment for those beginning their journey towards ADHD treatment. To learn more, please call us at 303-747-5051 or email us at

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