ADHD till recently was considered a childhood disorder. It has now been found that children can continue to suffer from this disorder even when they grow up and start working. In fact, 50-70 % of ADHD in adults occurs in those individuals who were not properly diagnosed or treated when they were children. This makes the adult ADHD treatment even more complex.
The diagnosis becomes even more difficult in the adult stage because most of the symptoms are dismissed as behavioral traits. That is why an adult suffering from ADHD finds both professional and personal life challenging. He may face problems in completing a project on time or can suddenly lose interest in what he is doing. As a result he is never able to give his 100%.
Most people are unaware of the root cause of the problem and treat such individuals harshly. This adds to their problems. They may start suffering from depression and sometimes an inferiority complex may set in.
It is important to identify the problem as soon as possible, and seek the help of a doctor who has been treating ADHD patients for long. The doctor must be given a complete history of the general feelings and symptoms that the adult has experienced over the years. Most professionals insist on an interview or a talk with the parents as well as the wife to get a clearer picture. Sometimes a chat with friends, office colleagues and the boss also helps. The medic is able to pinpoint the problem and can treat it from there onwards.
It is has been noted that once the root cause has been identified the person gains a pschological advantage and is able to cope with the problem better. Support from the family and friends at this stage can further add to his confidence.