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For many people, ADD or ADHD is something they have struggled with since childhood. One-third of children who progress into adulthood are still suffering from symptoms. Treatment usually includes a combination of medication, education, and therapy. But how does ADD or ADHD treatment help with long-term recovery, when is the right time to get it, and how can MCR help?
Introduction & Overview
ADHD, sometimes referred to as ADD, stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, meaning you have trouble focusing and maintaining your attention. ADHD is a condition with which adults have struggled since childhood.
When most people think of the best treatment for ADD/ADHD, they immediately think of medication like Adderall or Ritalin. But medication doesn’t work for everyone, and even if it does work for you as an adult, it only helps manage symptoms instead of solving all of your problems, so it only represents a small part of your treatment.
Medications like Adderall or Ritalin can help improve your concentration, but they are not guaranteed to help you with time management or disorganization. These are key issues that usually cause problems for adults suffering from ADHD.
So what treatment is best?
Medication is much more effective when combined with other treatments to address behavioral and emotional issues as well as provide coping skills.
- Each person responds differently to medication. Medication alone might provide a drastic improvement for some people, whereas it provides little improvement for others. Side effects from different medications might outweigh the benefits. For all of these reasons, it’s important to work with a doctor who can help you monitor the progress of different medications and when it might be time to start medication, switch medication, or stop the medication.
- Medication always has to be closely monitored, usually with help from an ADHD treatment center. It can be very unsafe when it’s not regularly monitored with dosage adjusted or side effects verified. Even on medication, you can work with a treatment center to slowly taper off your medication as you replace the drugs with more viable long-term coping skills and strategies.
- Treatment should also include long-term coping mechanisms such as healthy eating habits, proper exercise, mindfulness, meditation, good sleep, and other therapy.
The best treatment for adults with ADHD is a customized program that addresses all of your needs. Why is this so important?
It is important because no two people are the same, which means no two treatment programs should be the same. ADHD treatment for adults should consist of customized programs that address the symptoms of your condition as well as any underlying or contributing mental health disorders. You might even need help to treat substance abuse if you have tried to self-medicate or manage symptoms of ADHD with drugs.
Therapy can teach you coping skills to help you change the habits that interfere with your daily life. This should be a personalized set of therapies that help you control your impulsive behaviors, teach you to manage your time or your money, help you manage your stress or anger, or improve the organization in your home and office. It comes down to what you need most.
- Adults who struggle with ADHD usually have issues relating to feelings of failure, problems in school, or underachievement. One-on-one counseling and therapy can help you tackle any emotional baggage, feelings of shame, or low self-esteem.
- Family therapy and marriage therapy can address problems that have been created in your relationships because of your ADD/ADHD. This might involve not just yourself but your loved ones so that you can all learn to better communicate with one another and improve your relationships.
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps you identify negative thoughts and behaviors that cause serious problems. Adults with ADHD might find themselves completely demoralized because of years of failed expectations or struggle. Still, cognitive behavioral therapy can change the demoralized negative outlook into something more realistic and optimistic. Cognitive-behavioral therapy can give practical skills necessary to attack things like poor time management, work performance, or disorganization.
When to Get Help
When should you get ADHD treatment for adults?
ADHD treatment for adults is best when your symptoms are no longer controllable. This looks different for each person.
For one person, it might be having trouble staying focused at work to such a degree that they get into trouble regularly and are at risk of losing their job.
For another person, it might be relationship problems where the inability to stay focused or concentrate means they are able to listen to their significant other or recall important information when the time comes.
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What to Expect in
ADHD Treatment Centers for Adults
Adults who have ADD/ADHD can benefit by figuring out which areas of their life are impaired the most by their condition and then getting treatment customized to address those areas.
Most treatments combine things like medication and skills necessary to structure your environment in a safe and supportive fashion to prevent your daily life. Behavioral Management techniques can help you cultivate the social skills and interpersonal skills necessary to maintain healthy relationships, interact with others, and even organize your workspace.
Mental health counseling and therapy can give you emotional and social support as you deal with ADHD or someone you care about deals with ADHD. Because this condition can affect the entire family, things like cognitive behavioral therapy can provide techniques to manage the condition, while family therapy can help every member of the family impacted by the condition.
So, when you go to an ADD/ADHD treatment center, you can expect:
- An initial assessment during which time mental health professionals and perhaps doctors evaluate your situation, the circumstances and environment that may have exacerbated your condition, and any associated mental health disorders or addictions you might have.
- After that, you get to create a customized treatment plan that focuses on the things you need the most. If you are single, family counseling isn’t necessarily useful because you don’t have a family currently impacted by the symptoms of your condition, but one day it might be. If you have previously tried to manage your symptoms with drugs or alcohol, you might need a center that gives you intensive outpatient treatment to overcome your addiction first and then get life skills to manage your ADD/ADHD second.
- Management might include ADD medication treatment in addition to therapy. The medications you are prescribed can help you manage the symptoms with which you personally struggle the most.
With co-occurring disorders, you need treatment for both. For example, ADHD and bipolar treatment in adults might include medications and therapy to treat both symptoms and to provide coping skills for both conditions.
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If you are ready to start your journey toward long-term management and recovery with ADHD treatment centers for adults, let us help.
We understand that living with AHDH means a complete lifestyle adjustment because it’s not something that you can simply medicate away. after you get your initial symptoms under control, you have to treat your lifespan disorder with things like:
Time management skills
Relationship and social skills
Marriage and partnership communication
But that road to lifelong management begins with initial treatment. At our facility, we specialize in providing a multi-tiered approach to your therapy in the form of outpatient treatment. We work with you during your initial assessment to determine if you have any other mental health disorders, physical health problems, coexisting conditions, or addictions, all of which get treated through a comprehensive and personalized recovery plan. While we can’t get rid of your condition, we can give you the tools you need to build a successful foundation from which to enjoy long-term success and management of your symptoms.