Adult ADHD Alternative Treatments

There are a number of adult ADHD alternative treatments available for those who are still struggling with the effects of this disorder past the school years. There are times when a person finds that trouble follows them wherever they go in the workplace. Often it is relationship problems with authority figures such as supervisors that seem to crop up from job to job, or perhaps it has to do with poor work performance and the person find himself fired because of failure to follow directions, rules or skill set failures. Those with adult AD/HD get more speeding tickets, have more crashes, use illegal drugs more often and smoke more frequently than those who do not have the disorder. And with the failure with relationships at work also come a higher incident of divorce and re-marriage than the general adult population.

The initial process of receiving adult ADHD alternative treatments comes when a sufferer is either diagnosed for the first time or rediagnosed from childhood. AD/HD never has an adult onset, it is present from childhood. The disorder may have had little effect on the patient as a child, or perhaps he or she was on medicine for it earlier in life but didn’t like the side effects and discontinued use for a number of years. The usual place for a person over eighteen to start such a process of being evaluated might start with a routine visit to a counselor or a minister or maybe even a work foreman, who can then point to a licensed and qualified professional. Often a family therapist is recommended, sometime a psychiatrist or psychologist, but the health care professional who does the evaluation will need to be someone who has experience in dealing with adult ADHD alternative treatments.

Since adult AD/HD is often difficult to diagnose, the healthcare professional will often try and obtain school records to see if childhood AD/HD was diagnosed. If the person over eighteen is still fairly young, the parents may be interviewed to see if there were any hints about AD/HD in the patient’s childhood. No matter if the AD/HD was wildly prominent in childhood or not, a person over eighteen who has the disorder will sooner or later recognize that life is probably not going as well as it could. Experts in adult AD/HD suggest that the sufferers of this disorder typically admit with ease their inabilities to cope with certain issues such as relationships as well as the tendency to make poor decisions.

The first line of therapy for an older person with AD/HD may be the same as with the child. Medication is thought to be the best approach for the child and while adult ADHD alternative treatments are usually explored in depth, the first treatment considered for the person over eighteen will still be drugs. Because stimulant medications appear to work most effectively for children with this disorder, adults will also be considered good candidates. Medication that affects two neurotransmitters, norepenephrine and dopamine seems to be quite helpful for AD/HD patients. But beyond medications, there are adult ADHD alternative treatments that may not be as helpful in children.

Psychotherapy is one of the flagships of adult therapy for AD/HD sufferers. This approach to counseling is really based on helping the patient understand that the thoughts he has cause him to feel the way he does. This therapy attempts to help the client to see that other people and circumstances don’t cause feelings and behaviors, and it is an attempt to help people take responsibility of their own actions, not blaming others for destructive behavior. One of the things that the psychoanalyst will address is the impulsiveness of the adult AD/HD sufferer. But the one over eighteen may resent or at least miss the opportunity to act without thinking first. The psychoanalyst will explore with the over eighteen person about the ramifications of adopting the new behavior as well as those if it is not. But there are other adult ADHD alternative treatments that include educational efforts.

A life coach can often help an adult with AD/HD to organize everyday tasks that would not normally be performed such as using visual aids around the house to remember to pay bills, take out the trash, buy certain needed grocery items and many other day to day decisions. Since adult ADHD alternative treatments are meant to help a person organize themselves in a concise manner, there will be special places to put keys, important papers and bills. It is important that the person with this disorder be able to achieve and experience daily successes in order to spur him on regular habits that will build on success on top of another. The agencies that are proactive in helping find the human resources for life coaching will also be able to provide other reading and adult ADHD alternative treatments for a lifetime of success. More than anything, those adults who suffer this malady must stay on their medication and continue to recognize their worth and value, especially embracing the fact that they are intelligent and can overcome this obstacle if they sustain the will to do so. Both children and adults of suffer with AD/HD have some unique personality characteristics that so many other do not have and those are a great deal of energy, great personal warmth towards others and an enthusiasm to try the impossible.