Confronting Adult ADHD

This Harvard Medical School Guide is eye-opening and empowering. You will gain the ability to recognize the symptoms of adult ADHD, whether in a family member, a friend, or yourself. You will understand its mechanics, causes, and risk factors. And importantly, you will find a wide avenue of treatments to put you on a path to the welcome peace-of-mind you want—and can have.

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Improving Concentration and Focus

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You’re talking with someone and your mind wanders off. Your schedule or finances are so disorganized that you forget appointments or miss paying bills. You get impatient quickly and often. 

These could all be signs of adult ADHD…adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder…But what is adult ADHD?  And what can you do?

To overcome it, you have to understand it!  With this guide from Harvard Medical School you will! 

Perhaps no condition is more misunderstood, misdiagnosed, or simply missed.  Over ten million adults have ADHD but only a fraction are benefiting from today’s progress in detecting and addressing ADHD.

This guide offers explanation, instruction, and direction. Its clarity will bring greater light to the symptoms. Its guidance will bring greater certainty to diagnosis and greater success to treatment.                                                                                                     

The report shatters the myths and provides real world help and hope.

“Oh it’s just a kid problem.”  “He’s just being lazy.”  “He just doesn’t want to listen.”   No, no and no.

ADHD is not just a childhood problem.  It is not laziness or willfulness.  It is a medical condition marked by differences in brain activity and function compared with others who don’t have the disorder.

The result can be a lifelong struggle to pay attention. Adult ADHD’s effects can impact one’s employment, strain relationships, increase stress, and undermine self-esteem. But, as never before, there are tools and techniques that can dramatically reduce symptoms and help you live the life you want.

You’ll find the advances that deserve—and will hold—your attention!

Confronting Adult ADHD will introduce you to breakthroughs and practical strategies to control core symptoms, extend concentration, ease anxiety, and strengthen relationships. You’ll find two medications effective in 7 out of 10 adults. You’ll learn of a non-drug therapy that creates positive ways of thinking. And you’ll be briefed on a novel new technique to reinforce motivation and organization.

Your mind doesn’t have to wander—and you don’t have to wonder!

This Harvard Medical School Guide is eye-opening and empowering. You will gain the ability to recognize the symptoms of adult ADHD, whether in a family member, a friend, or yourself. You will understand its mechanics, causes, and risk factors. And importantly, you will find a wide avenue of treatments to put you on a path to the welcome peace-of-mind you want—and can have.

Don’t wait. Order a copy of Confronting Adult ADHD today!

Prepared by the editors of Harvard Health Publishing in conjunction with Martin H. Teicher, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and Director, Developmental Biopsychiatry Research Program, McLean Hospital. (2019)

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  • A lifelong struggle to pay attention
  • ADHD and your brain
  • Symptoms
  • Causes and risk factors
  • Diagnosis
    • Criteria for diagnosis
    • Getting started
    • Testing for ADHD
    • A lifetime challenge
  • Treatment
    • Medications
    • Nondrug treatments
    • Coping through coaching
  • Living with ADHD
  • Resources

Do you have ADHD? Questions to ask yourself

In looking back at their time in school, their work history, and the ups and downs of relationships with family, friends, and romantic partners, people with ADHD may be able to see clues in past behaviors. Some self-diagnosis may be helpful as you start to understand your condition, but should also lead you to someone who can confirm or rule out ADHD.

Some key questions to ask yourself before you see a psychologist or other mental health professional:

  • What was I like as a student? Was I easily distracted in class? Did I procrastinate a lot? Did I have trouble starting homework and projects? Was I restless much of the time?
  • If I had trouble holding a job or getting promoted, why did that happen? Did I bounce from one job to another out of boredom or restlessness? Was my work performance poor or inconsistent?
  • Have I not lived up to my potential? If not, why not?
  • Do I make a lot of careless mistakes?
  • Have I failed to keep promises or forgotten important information?
  • Have the criticisms or observations I’ve received in life been consistent with the issues related to ADHD?

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