Treating ADHD

The treatment of ADHD in adults usually involves medication. The same medications that are used to treat ADHD in children are usually effective in adults as well. Most of these medications are long-acting, mild stimulants that help the brain control impulses, and regulate behavior and attention.

However, medication is not the sole method of treatment for adults with ADHD. Many adults also benefit from cognitive behavioral therapies and lifestyle coaching. Effective time management is a learned skill for most people. Thinking that just taking a pill is going to make everything better, can keep an individual from achieving their best results from treatment.

It's also important to note that many adults are also taking medications for other conditions, such as anxiety or depression, that might interact with ADHD drugs. In addition, some medical conditions such as high blood pressure may be exacerbated by ADHD drugs.

Some people may experience certain side effects, such as insomnia or loss of appetite, when beginning an ADHD treatment regimen. These symptoms usually subside after a few weeks of treatment.

Dr. Ruggiero can help you find the right course of treatment for your unique situation.