While attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common childhood mental health issue, adults are also frequently diagnosed with the condition, although the symptoms can manifest differently. Sudhir Gadh, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist who helps men and women dealing with ADHD at his private practice in Union Square, New York City. He has more than ten years of experience in diagnosing and treating ADHD in adults and adolescents. If you think you might have ADHD, book an appointment online or over the phone today.
"Fundamentally a condition about efficiency that when untreated can affect the ability to earn more, remain in stable relationships, be fit, avoid self-harmful intoxication and enjoy deep sleep." - Dr. Gadh
ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is a prevalent mental health disorder in children, although it’s becoming more common in adults. ADHD is characterized by inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Children and adults usually display ADHD symptoms differently.
When children are diagnosed with ADHD, they’re diagnosed as inattentive, hyperactive, or a combination of both. They’re typically diagnosed with the condition because of their behaviors at school or home are disruptive to their own success as well as to others around them.
Adults, however, usually demonstrate ADHD symptoms slightly differently. You may be disorganized and have trouble finding your keys and wallet on a regular basis. You may also have difficulty concentrating and may struggle to meet deadlines. Furthermore, you might feel like you’re always on the go or have an urge to take over conversations.
In many cases, when you’re diagnosed with ADHD as an adult, you’ve had the condition for years but managed to get by.
Dr. Gadh diagnoses ADHD with a comprehensive evaluation, including a review of your medical history and a conversation about your lifestyle. Some of the questions might include:
Living with ADHD as an adult can have a significant impact on your personal and professional life. It can inhibit you from reaching your full potential when left untreated.
Dr. Gadh treats ADHD with a “pills and skills” approach, combining medication and therapy to help you learn to control your behaviors. Prescription medicine can increase your ability to focus, which can help you manage and complete tasks and pay attention even when the work isn’t exciting.
Combined with medication, Dr. Gadh will teach you how to practice new behaviors. For example, he’ll help you develop and practice strategies to reduce distractions and create structure and organization to keep you focused and on track.
If you’re concerned about ADHD, book an appointment online or over the phone with Sudhir Gadh, MD, for expert diagnosis and treatment.