Two million teens and 10 million adults in the United States have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). And 60% of American kids who have ADHD carry it into adulthood. However, millions of adults went undiagnosed because many professionals saw ADHD as a childhood disease you grew out of, which isn’t the case. Collaborative Behavioral Health, in Skokie, Illinois, has providers trained to identify and manage ADHD symptoms in teens and adults. If you’re concerned about your condition, call today or schedule an appointment through the online booking tool.
Symptoms of ADHD in adults and teens change only slightly from how they appear in children. Some of the most common symptoms include:
If you’re experiencing many of the signs on this list but haven’t had an ADHD diagnosis, or if you have ADHD and feel like your symptoms are getting worse, make an appointment with the team at Collaborative Mental Health so they can run an assessment and look into a treatment plan for you.
There’s no definitive answer as to what causes ADHD, but medical professionals are looking into possible links between ADHD and a series of causes, including pesticides, genetics, brain injury, premature birth and low birth weight, alcohol or tobacco use during pregnancy, and exposure to environmental hazards during pregnancy or infancy.
Males are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than females. It’s also easier to spot in males because their symptoms are more consistent with those typically associated with ADHD. Females with ADHD tend to be less boisterous and more forgetful and disorganized.
You can manage ADHD, but there’s no cure. There are two routes of treatment – medicated and non-medicated – that the team at Collaborative Behavioral Health may use individually or simultaneously.
Stimulants frequently help improve focus and attention, but these aren’t suitable for everyone, especially if they have developed anxiety as a result of their ADHD. Non-medicated treatment includes behavioral therapy and psychological coaching.
Your provider may also recommend that you look at your diet and lifestyle, as cutting out refined sugars and having less screen time may help.
With an appropriate treatment plan, you can successfully manage ADHD and take control of your life. If you think you may have ADHD based on your symptoms, the team at Collaborative Behavioral Health can help. They guide you through your treatment options and support you through all aspects of ADHD management. Call the office or use the online booking tool to book an appointment.