In this article we will take a look at everything you need to know about treating an adult suffering from
attention Deficit disorder.
Most doctors will follow up an ADD diagnosis with a prescription for a stimulant (although this may vary from case
to case), a referral to a behavioral therapist and even alternative organizational professionals, like life
coaches. Your doctor may even suggest using a reliable pocket planner or electronic agenda to keep on track.
Typically, the best adult ADD treatment plan will require tackling the problem on multiple fronts, while using
medication to handle the worst of the symptoms. However, taking medicine is not enough. To truly defeat adult ADD
you will need to deal with how it affects your life, particularly dealing with organization and how ADD affects the
sufferer and his loved ones emotionally.
When looking at adult ADD medication, most of the same kinds of active substances that work for ADD symtoms in children also work in adult ADD. Common stimulants
used to control the symptoms include Ritalin, Adderall, Focalin, Concerta, and Vyvanse. Another medication that
is commonly used for adult ADD treatment is Strattera. Doctors using medication to treat adult ADD will usually
need to make sure that they are not affecting their patients' health in other ways, being especially careful
with patients with a propensity or history of substance abuse. Stimulants like the ones mentioned above can
potentially be abused and have effects that are much more devastating and far-reaching than the ADD itself. It
is also important to look at the patient's history, since ADD tends to be genetic. Medication that was effective
in a patient's family members will be more likely to prove effective when treating that patient
One problem that is more common with adult ADD is the fact that ADD medication, especially stimulants, often
have side effects that can be quite dangerous for patients with a history of fainting or cardiovascular disease. In
the short term, these medications can have a significant effect on the patient's health, the most dangerous of
these affecting the patient's pulse and blood pressure. Adults with cardiovascular disease or a propensity for
these kinds of problems will usually need to have their pulse and blood pressure monitored and will be started off
with the lowest dose possible in order to set a baseline for what their body can tolerate.