Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Adults

  • Medical Author:
    Roxanne Dryden-Edwards, MD

    Dr. Roxanne Dryden-Edwards is an adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist. She is a former Chair of the Committee on Developmental Disabilities for the American Psychiatric Association, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and Medical Director of the National Center for Children and Families in Bethesda, Maryland.

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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Are there any home remedies for adult ADHD?

Further research is needed to determine the potential effectiveness of natural remedies for treating adult ADHD. Examples of such remedies include dietary restrictions and vitamin supplements. The limited research available on the effectiveness of these remedies does not usually include studies on adults.

Lifestyle changes that have been found to be useful in reducing some symptoms of ADHD in children and may be considered for adults include regular exercise and improving sleep every night.

What are complications of adult ADHD?

Adults living with ADHD are more likely to have low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and are not as adaptive with their social abilities compared to adults without the illness. The presence of other mental-health disorders (co-morbidity) is more likely in adults who are hyperactive and/or impulsive as opposed to being distractible as part of ADHD. Adults with this condition are also more at risk for being in more car accidents, using tobacco products or other drugs, having problems managing their anger, and are more likely to develop antisocial behaviors, particularly if not treated.

Relationships/family life

ADHD adults tend to have more marital problems, as well as troubles getting along with peers and authority figures. They may, therefore, become isolated socially.

Education and career

Adults with ADHD are at risk for completing fewer years of education compared to their non-ADHD counterparts. They are often more interested in careers that provide immediate gratification and other forms of excitement, like sales. They are often at risk for procrastinating on tasks, frequently changing jobs, and losing more jobs.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/8/2016
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