Growing number of adults in the United States have been diagnosed with ADHD. The adult population is approximately three times the size of the children’s. ADHD is a relatively common condition among working people and is associated with high work impairment. Adults with ADHD may have difficulty following directions, remembering information, concentrating, organizing tasks, or completing work within time limits. If not managed appropriately these difficulties can cause behavioral, emotional, social, vocational, and academic problems.
Both genetic and environmental factors can cause ADHD symptoms. These factors can affect brain chemistry by creating imbalance and neurotoxicity. Factors such as diet and nutrition, prescription drugs, home/work environment and quality of relationships can also have a major impact on an individual’s success.
Not surprisingly, the preferred treatments by many physicians include the well-known psychiatric drugs like Zoloft, Ritalin, Prozac, Adderall, Strattera, or some other drug “du jour”. Many people take these powerful drugs for years, even though most of these drugs have not been tested for long-term effects. An estimated 51 million prescriptions for ADHD were written in 2010 and bring $7.40 billion a year in sales in the U.S. Between 1990 and 1996. Prescriptions for the drug known as Ritalin, increased more than 60 percent, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency.
The prescription drugs used to treat these disorders often result in serious side effects (sometimes severe and tragic) and complications.
Possible side effects include: decreased appetite, stunted growth, insomnia, increased irritability, behavior disturbances, thought disorders, psychotic episodes, anxiety, restlessness, seizures, suicide, impaired judgment, agitation, amnesia, confusion, apathy, depersonalization, hallucinations, hostility, paranoid reactions, personality disorders, and delusions. Cardiac side effects include: hemorrhage, hypertension, angina, arrhythmia, congestive heart failure, heart attack, rapid heartbeat, atrial fibrillation, cerebral embolism, and heart block just to name a few.
Many adults struggle with ADHD not know they have it. They may not realize that many of the problems they face, including staying organized or being on time, relate back to ADHD.
10 Most Common Signs of Adult ADHD are:
1. Being disorganize - responsibilities of adulthood like bills, jobs, children and family can make problems with organization more obvious and more problematic.
2. Marital Problems – Often, the partners of people with ADHD (specially undiagnosed) take poor listening skills and an inability to honor commitments as a sign that their partner doesn’t care. If you’re the person with ADHD, you may not understand why your partner is upset, and you may feel you’re being nagged or blamed for something that’s not your fault.
3. Poor Listening Skills – Problems with attention result in poor listening skills in many adults with ADHD, leading to a lot of missed appointments and misunderstandings. Zoning out during long business meetings. Forgetting to pick up your child at school or baseball practice……..
4. Prioritizing Issues – Often, people with adult ADHD fail to meet important obligations, like a deadline at work, while spending countless hours on something insignificant.
5. Angry Outbursts – Controlling emotions can be a problem for people with ADHD. They are often quick to explode over minor problems. They feel as if they have no control over their emotions. Many times, the anger fades as quickly as it flared.
6. Being Constantly Late – Adults with ADHD tend to underestimate how much time it takes to finish a task, whether it’s a major assignment at work or a simple home task. They are often distracted, maybe realizing the car needs to be washed and then noticing they’re low on gas, and before they know it an hour has gone by.
7. Reckless Driving - ADHD makes it hard to keep your attention on a task, so spending time behind the wheel of a car can be hard. It can make people more likely to speed or have traffic accident.
8. Extremely Distractible – ADHD is a problem with attention so phone calls or email derail person attention, making it hard to finish tasks. Many people find that distractibility can lead to a history of career under-performance, especially in noisy or busy offices.
9. Trouble Relaxing, Restlessness – Not like hyperactive children adults with ADHD have often differently to relax. They are more likely to be restless, edgy or tense.
10. Trouble Initiating a Task – Just as children with ADHD often put off doing homework, adults with ADHD often drag their feet when starting tasks that require a lot of attention which often adds to existing problems, including marital disagreements, workplace issues, and problems with friends.
To help you overcome the symptoms of adult ADHD we look into the “Root Causes”
- Dietary modification
- Restoration of GI/Digestive issues
- Addressing nutritional deficiencies
- Biomedical interventions - Amino Acids (neurotransmitter) programs are medically based, very well research and come with out side effects
- Lab testing & evaluation
Dr. Ross Stewart is passionate about helping adults and families with ADD/ADHD. He understands the challenges faced by the whole family. Dr. Stewart spends the necessary time to learn about your concerns. He will help you to understand the chemistry behind the symptoms and behavior and what may be happening to you and together create holistic “whole person” collaborative health care plan. You will actually experience positive improvements affecting all aspects of health and life.
Dr. Stewart has been very successful in regulating brain and body chemistry for adults as well as children with ADD/ADHD. His experience, compassion and understanding are what sets him apart from the rest.