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New treatment for adults with ADHD

According to a study sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health, a group cognitive-behavioral therapy treatment is showing promising results for adults suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The approach provides participants with specific skills and strategies for managing time, organizing tasks, and solving problems. Participants also benefit from hearing about other adults struggling with the symptoms of ADHD, which may include restlessness, inattentiveness, impulsiveness, and/or hyperactivity.

That's good news for New Jersey workers who may be experiencing ADHD-like issues in the workplace, yet have not consulted with a health professional about those symptoms. If left untreated, ADHD can lead to inappropriate behavior which may destroy jobs and relationships. Undiagnosed ADHD patients may also be more prone to substance abuse. Unfortunately, many adult cases of ADHD may be undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. For example, anxiety or depression may also induce symptoms associated with ADHD, such as inattention or restlessness. A metabolic screening can also test whether a person has an overactive thyroid, which can lead to ADHD-like symptoms.

After depressive disorders, ADHD is the second-most common mental health condition in adults, affecting an estimated 4.4% of the adult population. Furthermore, according to recent research, up to 60% of children with ADHD continue to show significant symptoms into adulthood. Even if the physical hyperactivity of ADHD has waned, the mental symptoms may persist.

There is no known definitive cause of ADHD. Some research suggests there is a genetic factor to the illness. Head trauma, such as a concussion, is another factor that might increase a person's risk of developing ADHD. In many cases, however, a physician will inquire of an adult patient whether any of the ADHD symptoms manifested at an early age.

Treatments of ADHD may include medication and exercise regimes. Until a person's condition has stabilized, a doctor may even suggest refraining from work duties, or modifying work schedules or environments. In severe cases, Social Security disability benefits for adults may also be available where ADHD prevents an individual from working. An attorney can review your case and advise you of your eligibility.

Source: Huffington Post, "Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD: An Interview With Mary Solanto, Ph.D.," Stephanie Sarkis, Oct. 12, 2012

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