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Adult ADHD Diagnosis

Adults who seemed to sail through school with little or no issues and upon entering college or the workforce find that they have problems they’ve never experienced before may have adult ADHD. While most individuals are diagnosed during adolescence, there are some high functioning individuals who, through coping techniques, managed to mask their symptoms until later in life. Often these individuals are shocked when faced with what many falsely believe is a childhood or immaturity condition. Unfortunately, ADHD can be a life-long struggle to fit in or just to be able to complete the duties that come with your chosen profession. 

What is ADHD?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by a persistent pattern of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development. While an estimated 60% of children diagnosed with ADHD still have recognizable symptoms into adulthood, some can work through those issues and develop effective coping techniques that make their symptoms appear to go away. Additionally, adults that seemingly had their condition under control can find themselves dealing with a whole new set of problems once they enter the workforce and encounter a larger or more complex set of duties. As many can see, ADHD is a complicated and somewhat tricky condition to manage. Thankfully, several effective treatment methods can be used to help get adults back on track and boost their confidence.

Symptoms of Adult ADHD

One of the first steps in treating any disorder is to identify the symptoms that are causing concerns. ADHD is often easy to diagnose in children. In adults, it can be more complicated. While the core symptoms are the same from childhood to adulthood, the way they are manifested can be quite different and often confused for something else altogether. 

Common symptoms:

Inattention

  1. Makes careless mistakes and lack attention to details
  2. Difficulty paying attention to tasks
  3. Fails to follow through on duties or is easily sidetracked
  4. Difficulty organizing
  5. Avoids or is reluctant to participate in tasks that require sustained mental effort
  6. Often loses things
  7. Forgetful
ADHD SYMPTOMS
Common Categories Of ADHD Symptoms

Hyperactivity

  1. Talks excessively
  2. Acts as if on the go constantly
  3. Unable to participate in leisure activities

Impulsivity

  1. Extreme restlessness
  2. Difficulty waiting on others or taking turns

Typically, hyperactivity decreases, but inattention, disorganization, and impulsivity in adulthood can result in difficulty functioning both at home and while at work. The symptoms of ADHD must be severe and cause significant impairment in multiple areas of an individual’s life before a diagnosis is made.

Treatment options

Adult treatment of ADHD usually consists of medication and psychosocial treatment that addresses the particular problems of the patient. Although some individuals choose one method over the other, the most effective treatments utilize a combination approach. 

Medications used to treat ADHD are divided into two groups:

  •  Stimulants 
  •  Non-stimulants

Generally, long-acting stimulants are recommended because they usually result in better patient compliance and seem to improve symptoms easier. Unfortunately, stimulant medications do have a higher risk of abuse and dependency, so they should be used with caution. Although stimulants control ADHD symptoms better in most patients, approximately 10-30% do not respond adequately to stimulant treatment or have intolerable side effects. For those patients, non-stimulants are the best treatment option. 

Side Effects of ADHD medication
ADHD Medication Side Effects

 

Side effects

Depending on if the medication prescribed is a stimulant or non-stimulant will determine what kind, if any, side effects are possible. However, both can cause the following to occur:

  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Headaches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Moodiness
  • Tics
  • Difficulty sleeping

For a better understanding of the possible side effects, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.

ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment

The first step to any recovery program is a proper diagnosis. Because of several other conditions, such as anxiety disorder, diabetes, bipolar disorder, and several others, can mimic the symptoms of ADHD, it is essential that patients have a proper evaluation. Generally, practitioners will do a complete physical and rule out other conditions that could be exacerbating your symptoms. 

Once a diagnosis of ADHD has been made, your provider should discuss your treatment options, including medications and therapy. While some individuals may shun seeking the help of a counselor, others found their advice to be beneficial. Most often, patients choose both treatment options.

At EzCare Clinic, patients struggling with the symptoms of ADHD have access to the best treatment options available. Once you have begun your medications, you will be accessed periodically for their effectiveness, and changes will be made as necessary. Experienced counselors are on staff that can work with you to learn coping techniques with proven success. Being diagnosed with such a complex and confusing disorder so late in life can be overwhelming, our therapists are dedicated to ensuring a smooth transition and that a successful treatment plan is implemented.

Take the ADHD test here and find out if your symptoms may be signs of ADD/ADHD.

 

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Top 5 Adult ADHD Treatment Centers in San Francisco

Adult ADHD Treatment

Adult ADHD can have truly devastating effects on individuals and families. Because many still believe that only children can have this disorder, it is often misunderstood and is chronically misdiagnosed. ADHD can mimic many other disorders including bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, or just a lack of organizational skills. Many adults never seek treatment for their ADHD because they do not realize they have a treatable disorder and that, by receiving therapy or prescription medication, they could lessen their symptoms. Fortunately, adult ADHD has become more recognized by individuals and healthcare practitioners in recent years. It is now estimated that eight million adults in the United States have this disorder and there may be many more who have not yet sought treatment. For those who have seen a healthcare professional for their ADHD, they have experienced the many treatment options available. These can include:

 

Cognitive behavioral therapy  Therapy to address self-esteem issues and to alter the way that those with adult ADHD deal with their thoughts and subsequent behavior can often be very effective for those with the disorder. It’s important that those who seek treatment find a clinic with physicians familiar with treating the disorder in this way. They can then develop a therapeutic coaching or therapy program that addresses the unique needs of adults dealing with ADHD. This can include stress management as well as group or family therapy to help those close to the afflicted individual support and understand them.

 

Medications  Stimulants such as Vyvance, Concerta, and Adderall may sometimes be effective in treating those with adult ADHD. However, it’s important to recognize that adults react to stimulant medications differently than children do. In many cases, stimulants do not effectively treat those with adult ADHD and other medications, such as the non-stimulant Strattera, may be tried instead. In almost every case of adult ADHD, medications should be paired with some type of individual or group therapy to provide comprehensive, effective treatment. That’s why it’s important for those with this condition to seek treatment at a clinic that specializes in adult ADHD. If you live in the San Francisco area and are looking for one of these clinics, here are your five best options:

 

Bay Area Adult ADHD

Bay Area Adult ADHD

 

Bay Area Adult ADHD has seven therapists on staff that specialize in treating adult ADHD. The clinicians are trained to test for adult ADHD and provide a thorough assessment that helps to differentiate this disorder from other similar conditions. They can then treat both the primary diagnosis as well as secondary issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, anxiety, relationship problems, and more. This clinic offers a free anonymous online screening that can be performed online and takes less than five minutes to complete. They also offer convenient online scheduling makingit easy to request an appointment.

 

Elite Focus Clinic

Elite focus Clinic

Drs. Lawrence Choy and Zaakir Yoonas, the founders of Elite Focus Clinic, performed their psychiatry residency at Stanford University and became interested in the prevalence of adult ADHD. This prompted them to seek further education in the disorder and they opened Elite Focus Clinic in 2015 specifically to treat the disorder. With their highly trained staff, they strive to make patients feel like family and provide the support they need to treat their disorder. In addition to assessment and testing, the clinic provides treatment in the form of therapy or medication, coaching, and nutrition counseling. They offer convenient online scheduling for those who are interested in an evaluation.

 

EzCare Medical Clinic 

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EzCare Medical Clinic has a staff of highly trained psychologists and counselors in addition to a large team of general practitioners and clinic nurses. They specialize in adult ADHD as well as secondary conditions such as stress management, alcohol abuse, anxiety, smoking cessation, weight management, and OCD treatment. They offer convenient walk-in hours for those who do not want to schedule an appointment as well as appointment hours. In addition to clinical testing for ADHD, they also offer personalized plans to help those suffering from the disorder. These plans can include counseling, behavioral therapy, lifestyle modifications, medications, or a combination of these.

 

Well Clinic

 

Well Clinic

Well Clinic has two locations in San Francisco as well as a third location in Berkeley. They have a full staff of therapists, psychiatrists, and executive coaches to help those dealing with adult ADHD and other mental disorders. With an integrative approach to treating adult ADHD, the staff at Well Clinic provides a full suite of therapy services in a relaxing and safe space. By creating an individual program including cognitive behavioral therapy, meditation, and mindfulness, the professional staff at Well Clinic can treat those with ADHD in a holistic way.

 

San Francisco Neuropsychology 

 

San Francisco Neuropsychology has a full staff of physicians who provide assessments, diagnostic services, and treatment to those suffering from a number of emotional and mental disorders including adult ADHD. Their treatment approach focuses on brain functioning and identifying the strengths and weaknesses of each individual to 

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determine the best treatment plan. In addition to medication when appropriate, they also use cognitive behavioral therapy, coping strategies, and family therapy to help patients deal with their disorder, minimize symptoms, and improve interpersonal relationships. Choosing the best clinic for your needs is an important part of your adult ADHD treatment. Though all of the above clinic provide professionals who are 

well-educated and experienced in treating adult ADHD, your personal history and preferences will determine at which clinic you will feel the most comfortable. Keep in mind where they are located as you may need to visit their clinic numerous times during your treatment. Also consider whether you want a clinic that focuses on a holistic approach or if you want a clinic that is also skilled in treating secondary symptoms as well as the primary one. Finally, determine the level of customer service the clinic offers during your consultation and choose the one that you feel can best treat your unique situation.

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