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ADHD in Adults vs. Children

Do you frequently struggle to pay attention? Do you often forget things or have difficulty finishing tasks at work? You may think of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as an issue that’s diagnosed in children, but adults can have it too – and it can greatly interfere with your ability to function in life. Not only does ADHD affect your ability to focus, but it can also affect your relationships and ability to control your impulses.

Fortunately, there is help available. Dr. Hadi Estakhri, a psychiatrist at Allied Psychiatry & Mental Health in Newport Beach, California, can diagnose your symptoms and help you find a treatment plan that works for your lifestyle.

What ADHD looks like in adults vs. children

Although the symptoms of ADHD in adults and children are quite similar – both struggle to pay attention, for example – this disorder still manifests itself differently in both groups.

Children may fidget frequently in their desks at school, exhibit “wild” behavior at inappropriate times (running, climbing, shouting), frequently interrupt or speak when they aren’t supposed to, and struggle with being patient. Their symptoms tend to come out at their worst in an educational environment, making it difficult for them to complete or even remember their homework and listen to their teachers.

Adults, on the other hand, may display impulsiveness in the form of reckless spending and risky decision-making, particularly involving sex and alcohol. They may have poor time management skills, lack of organization, short attention spans, and difficulties controlling their tempers, which can result in difficulties in the workplace and in their relationships.

How ADHD is treated

There are many treatment options available for ADHD. Medication, therapy, and changes in lifestyle have helped many adults better manage their symptoms. Dr. Estakhri may recommend a combination of these things, including reducing sugar intake. Some foods with lots of preservatives and sugar levels are known for worsening ADHD symptoms. Burning off energy with exercise can also be helpful.

During an initial consultation, you and Dr. Estakhri can discuss your concerns and goals you have for managing your ADHD. With the right treatment, you can control your symptoms and function well at work and at home.

Learn more about managing your ADHD

If you need an official diagnosis of ADHD, or want to learn more about how to manage it, you can reach Dr. Estakhri at 949-258-7135. You can also schedule an appointment online. We look forward to hearing from you.

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