Diagnosing adult ADHD requires expertise since its symptoms can be found in many other mental health conditions. And more than one illness may be present: adults with ADHD often have additional disorders like depression, anxiety and others. Mercy’s behavioral health experts are available to diagnose your condition and help you find the treatment you need.
While there’s no single test to diagnose ADHD, your Mercy behavioral health provider will perform a clinical evaluation. ADHD is diagnosed only when symptoms are severe enough to cause ongoing problems in more than one area of your life. Examples of questions you may be asked include:
While there’s no cure for adult ADHD, Mercy offers treatments to help you manage your symptoms and lead a more productive life. Adult ADHD is treated similarly to childhood ADHD. Options may include medication, talk therapy and addressing other mental health conditions that occur with ADHD.
Many medications are available for treating ADHD in adults. But it’s important to talk with your Mercy doctor about your overall health and the type of ADHD medication that’s right for you.
Types of adult ADHD medication include:
Talk with your Mercy doctor to learn more about the benefits and risks of adult ADHD medications.
Psychological counseling can help you effectively manage adult ADHD symptoms. Several types of therapy are available, including:
While not all therapies are available in all locations, your Mercy doctor can help you locate treatment resources and determine what works best for you.
There are several alternative approaches to the treatment of ADHD in adults.
Talk with your Mercy doctor about whether natural ADHD treatment is right for you, based on your symptoms and overall health.
Mercy offers comprehensive services for mental health conditions, including adult ADHD, across most communities.