The Atlanta Center for Adult ADHD offers evaluation and treatment for attention deficit disorder in individuals age 17 and older. In addition to standard questionnaires and history taking, we use the Quotient ADHD Testing System, which is a computerized device for giving an objective, clear picture of ADHD symptoms. For more information on the Quotient system, click here.
Recognizing Adult ADHD
Common Signs, Symptoms and Behaviors of Adult ADHD:
- Constant disorganization, poor time management, and failure to plan ahead
- Frequent forgetfulness, often losing things
- Continual problems starting or finishing projects or tasks
- Impulsive decision making, and saying things without thinking
- Ongoing problems concentrating and paying attention
- Extreme restlessness or fidgetiness
- Poor anger control
- Difficulty keeping jobs
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The medications approved for treating adult ADHD belong to two different drug classes: stimulants and non-stimulants. Stimulants, which have been used medically for nearly 70 years, are the most commonly prescribed type of medication for ADHD. Most people who receive treatment with medication report improvement of the symptoms that affect them both at school and at home. In addition, patients may want to seek additional support which our program provides including education for the patient and family and individual behavioral or cognitive therapy. Atlanta-ADHD assists in referring to local psychologists and counselors expert in ADHD management.
More About ADHD in Adults:
Though ADHD has long been seen as only a child's condition, an estimated 10 million adults have the disorder. A common myth is that children with attention deficit disorder usually "grow out of it", when about 65% of those children continue to experience the symptoms of ADHD into adulthood. Most of these adults have gone their entire lives knowing that something was "wrong" but were never sure exactly what it was. The good news is that proper treatment can make a difference, helping to improve functioning at home and at work, and helping adults take on life's demands with confidence.
ADHD in Children and Adults: Similar, But Different
ADHD is more difficult to recognize in adults than in children, which is why many adults with the disorder remain undiagnosed. Although the "core impairments" of attention deficit disorder, inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity-remain the same, the symptoms that result usually change as people get older.
Children: Hyperactivity: Can’t sit still, always “on the go”, Climbs or runs at inappropriate times.
Adults: Restlessness: Can’t stay focused on one thing. Is fidgety or impatient
Children: Physical Impulsivity: Does things that result in injuries. Has problems waiting one’s turn.
Adults: Verbal Impulsivity: Says the “wrong thing” or speaks out of turn. Interrupts others excessively.
Children: Inattention: Can’t pay close attention in class or complete schoolwork.
Adults: Inattention: Has difficulty concentrating at work and finishing tasks.