Adult ADHD is seldom recognised in primary care, because the symptoms may overlap with other disorders such as anxiety and depression.
In addition, many people do not realise that in the vast majority of cases, the symptoms of ADHD do not completely disappear after childhood. Approximately 4% of adults are estimated to have ADHD.
Just like individuals suffering from anxiety and depression, undiagnosed adults can be vulnerable to substance abuse, and a range of symptoms that can be very disruptive on employment, study and relationships. These might include:
- Difficulties in concentrating and focusing attention;
- Being late for appointments;
- Not judging the passing of time very well, resulting in difficulties in time management (things don’t get done in time);
- Being highly disorganised (paperwork, bills, assignments etc);
- Constantly misplacing things;
- Running out of energy and therefore motivation;
- Crashing on the weekend through exhaustion;
- Irritability in relationships;
- Impulsivity – saying or doing things in social situations which may cause embarrassment; and
- Road rage, to name just a few.
CBT for Anxiety and Adult ADHD
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is useful in the treatment of both anxiety, and Adult ADHD. However I use a specially created form of CBT, purposely designed for Adults with ADHD.
In addition I utilise a memory, time and organisational skills kit specifically designed for individuals with ADHD, as conventional time and organisation management programs are usually not as successful with this particular group of people.
This combination of CBT along with skills aimed at adults with ADHD, can restore relationships, very significantly enhance the capacity for study or taking on more challenging work, and turn a disorganised life into one that works practically.
In addition, low self-esteem and self-doubt can become a thing of past, as confidence grows that the individual with ADHD can master an ordinary life, with all its demands and challenges.
Author: Paul Carver, Bsc, Msc, PG Dip Health Psych.
Paul Carver is a mature Psychologist with a wide range of experience, and is focused on bringing the very best evidence-based treatments to his clients.
To arrange an appointment with Paul Carver, freecall 1800 877 924 or you can book online.