HealthFix: Adult ADHD

The following is sponsored by Salt Lake Regional Medical Center.

Many people think of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as a childhood disorder.

However, adults can also have ADHD but few get properly diagnosed and treated.

Adults who have ADHD often find it difficult to concentrate, remember information, follow instructions and organize tasks, making it particularly hard at work or in school.

The symptoms of adult ADHD can be managed and most people who are diagnosed and receive treatment can overcome many of the challenges.

Symptoms of adult ADHD
Trouble concentrating
Mood swings
Poor organization skills
Frequent boredom
Anxiety
Impulsivity
Forgetfulness
Depression
Low self-esteem
Procrastination
Low motivation

Treatment options
No two cases are exactly alike, so it is important to work with your doctor to create a treatment plan that’s right for you.

Medication
Cognitive and behavioral therapy
Relaxation training and stress management
Life and job coaching
Family education and therapy
Working with a professional organizer
Eat a healthy diet
Burn off extra energy with exercise or a hobby
Get enough sleep

Sponsor: Ben Christiansen, PsyD
Davis Hospital and Medical Center