ADHD Treatment

ADHD Treatment

The use of stimulant treatment has traditionally been the main ADHD treatment offered to adults with ADHD. Research shows that stimulants (such as methylphenidate, dexamphetamine, atomoxetine) can be effective in treating the symptoms of ADHD.

However, adults with ADHD tend not to stay on stimulants longer term.  This may be because some adults with ADHD find that stimulants may do little to help with associated life difficulties such as relationship functioning and financial management, or associated anxiety and depression; arguably the reasons why many adults with ADHD seek treatment in the first place.

Newer reviews of research have resulted in recommendations from organisations such as the American Psychological Association (APA), that behavioural interventions be used instead of, or as well as stimulants for ADHD treatmens.  With increasing awareness of the psychosocial factors of ADHD, new psychological treatments have been explored for ADHD, some with promising results (such as meta-cognitive therapy and mindfulness-based treatments.

Therefore, psychological treatments may be very helpful for adult ADHD, particularly those that incorporate aspects such as psycho-education, emotion-regulation and behavioural strategies. These may be effective on their own, or in conjunction with medication treatments.