Adult ADHD Treatment in Orange County

MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

 

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is typically thought of as a childhood disorder. The truth is, while symptoms usually begin during childhood, they often continue through adulthood. Millions of people in the United States alone suffer from ADHD, and a vast number of people are currently undiagnosed.

Our mental health treatment centers at SoCal Empowered offer a variety of treatment programs, including adult ADHD treatment in Orange County. We provide customized plans designed around your unique needs. Our professional care team is committed to your long-term success, which includes your physical and emotional wellbeing beyond treatment.

ADULT ADHD DEFINITION AND POTENTIAL CAUSES

ADHD is generally described as someone suffering from consistent inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity that prevents a person from everyday functioning. This is a mental health disease that manifests itself physically. Research has shown neurological evidence tying ADHD to the prefrontal and temporal cortices in the brain.

No set of causes of ADHD has been definitively identified. However, experts believe that any or all of the following could be factors:
  • Genetics
  • Environment
  • Problems during development
Presently, most diagnoses of ADHD occur in children or adolescents. Research on this condition did not drive much attention until 20 years ago, leaving adults undiagnosed. Many adults continue to struggle with ADHD and its symptoms that could be treated.

TREATABLE ADULT ADHD SYMPTOMS

Treatable adult ADHD symptoms include:
  • Difficulty staying organized
  • Interrupting others in conversation
  • Struggling to pay attention
  • Needing motivation to finish tasks
  • An inability to sit still during meetings
  • A lack of impulse control

Types of ADHD

There are three subtypes of adult ADHD. They include:

Predominantly Inattentive Type

Characterized by an inability to focus on a single task, to have a tendency to make careless mistakes and to have difficulty organizing a schedule.

Predominantly Hyperactive or Impulsive Type

Displaying constant squirming, fidgeting, and bouncing. A tendency to continuously interrupt others.

Combined Inattentive and Hyperactive/ Impulsive

Typically the most severe type of ADHD, a person in this situation demonstrates inattentive and hyperactive or impulsive behaviors.

DIAGNOSING ADHD

One challenge with diagnosing adult ADHD is that it can be confused with other conditions that include depression, anxiety, and learning disabilities. Adult ADHD is also a common element in comorbidity, which occurs when someone suffers from more than one mental health condition.

Generally speaking, neuropsychological tests are used to diagnose ADHD both in adults and in children.  Examples of common adult ADHD tests include:

  1. The Test of Variables of Attention (TOVA)
  2. The Conners Adult ADHD Rating Scales (CAARS)
  3. The Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Functioning-Adult Version (BRIEF-A)
  4. The Barkley Adult ADHD Rating Scale (BAARS)

From there, adult ADHD treatment can begin.

ADULT ADHD TREATMENT IN ORANGE COUNTY

You Are Far From Alone

According to the American Psychiatric Association, 2.5 percent of adults have ADHD. That’s nearly 6.5 million people, or more than the entire populations of 33 states across the country. The “good” news in this regard is that given the number of people suffering from adult ADHD, treatment options are available and new ones are regularly being discovered.

ADULT ADHD TREATMENT PROTOCOLS

Although there is no cure for adult ADHD, treatment will often help reduce symptoms and improve general functioning. Typically, adult ADHD treatment consists of a combination of methods and approaches, including:

 

  • Medication – Stimulants, non-stimulants or antidepressants are often prescribed.
  • Therapy – Therapy is generally not as effective as medication, but it can help some
  • Education or training – Some “life coaching” on daily routines can be of aid.