We often hear, or even know of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), but it is much less common to hear of adults with ADHD. The reality is, however, that about 50% of children that are diagnosed with ADHD have continued challenges into adulthood.
One of the main reasons we don’t think of adults having ADHD is that they are often better at hiding or masking their symptoms. But the reality is, it’s still a big struggle for many to cope with. The good news: Adults dealing with ADHD can lead successful lives with the right support.
Just like with any other mental health-related disorder, the first step in treatment is identifying the problem. Some factors to look for are:
- A history of ADHD as a child
- Poor listening skills
- Difficulty starting new tasks/projects
- Easily distractible
- Reckless, speedy driving
- Trouble getting organized
- Difficulty relaxing, restlessness
- Angry outbursts
These symptoms can lead to challenges with relationships, difficulties getting or keeping a job, and even more reckless behaviors such as alcohol and drug abuse. Further, challenges caused by ADHD can lead to anger, sadness and despair for sufferers as relationships are strained and the ability to be successful in achieving life goals can be stifled.
If you or someone you know is faced with the challenging effects of ADHD, it is important to take action and look for treatment options. Depending on the severity of the ADHD symptoms, treatment can include non-drug-related therapies such as counseling and behavioral modifications. However, when symptoms are greater, and the consequences are more pronounced, there are medications that can help with focus and attention and bring relief and help adults with ADHD get back on track with relationships and life goals.
Researchers and doctors are searching for new options and treatments, and these new potential treatments are currently being tested in your area. These investigational treatment studies can be found at Olympian Clinical Research in the Tampa Bay area. Volunteers of these clinical trials who qualify will be carefully evaluated by physicians and staff to assess the severity of ADHD symptoms and provide diagnostic testing. Additionally, volunteers will be given investigational medications to determine if these medications show promising results. Compensation is also available to those who qualify.
To learn more about these clinical study opportunities and to see if you or someone you love may qualify, call Olympian Clinical Research today at (813) 849-5566 or CLICK HERE to apply online.