Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a difficult illness to diagnose. Without professional medical care, it can also be a difficult condition to manage. ADHD is more easily diagnosed in children than in adults. Adults who suffer from ADHD may experience or exhibit symptoms including but not limited to hyperactivity and inattention, difficulty starting and staying focused on tasks, poor short term memory and organizational skills, and impulsive behaviors. Fortunately, effective ADHD adults treatment plans have come a long way over the years. Advances in medical science offer new hope for adults struggling to manage the disease.
Approximately 4 percent of U.S. adults suffer from ADHD. In adults, the condition can disrupt relationships with family, friends, and coworkers; lower productivity; and decrease a person’s quality of life. ADHD is a neurobiological disorder and as such it can affect a person’s cognitive, physical, psychological, and neurological functions. However, advancing medical sciences and state of the art technologies now allow neuroscientists the opportunity to look at a person’s brain, and map and improve brain function.
Brain mapping technology analyzes brain waves and can help identify if and what parts of the brain are not functioning properly. Once this is determined, as is the case with most ADHD patients, brain scans can take a further look into the brain to determine brain activity and how it is functioning. Biofeedback and neurofeedback can then help improve brain function by monitoring physiological activities that occur in conjunction with moods, thoughts, and behavior.
This type of treatment, known as a dual diagnostic approach because it focuses on the neurological and psychological aspects of the disease, helps provide a more well-rounded and complete management plan for adults with ADHD. Medications only mask symptoms and do nothing to address the underlying cause of the symptoms. Therapy can help patients better organize and focus their lives but on its own does not address the physical and neurological factors of the disease. Holistic treatment plans that look at the body as whole and address all of its functions together provide a better chance for successful management.