ADD/ADHD Treatment for Adults

ADD treatment

Trouble focusing or paying attention. Difficulty staying on task. Impulsivity. Forgetfulness.

These are just a few of the symptoms most commonly associated with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).

While often starting to show up in childhood, by adolescence or adulthood, these symptoms can manifest themselves in significant ways, including:

  • Inability to manage time
  • Disorganization
  • Lack of goal setting
  • Careless mistakes
  • Poor follow-through on assignments
  • Difficulty holding down a job

These symptoms can make everyday life extremely challenging. Adolescents may find that untreated ADD hinders their academic performance, while adults may find it impacts job performance and the ability to stay on top of daily tasks.

Dr. Davis understands how these problems can exhaust and discourage patients (and parents), often contributing to depression, anxiety as well as extensive worry about job performance or school. Our approach is to discuss the symptoms thoroughly with the patient to determine the right ADD treatment and medication. If beneficial, we may recommend genetic testing to help personalize the pharmacological approach – especially if the patient has already tried many medications without success. Finally, we may recommend counseling and cognitive behavior therapy, which often works well when combined with medications.

Is exercise beneficial for reducing ADD symptoms?

We think so! Some studies suggest that regular physical activity can regulate hyperactivity and improve concentration. People with ADD often have less dopamine in their brains. Exercise produces an increased level of dopamine, thus helping to improve attention and focus. Beyond that, exercise produces endorphins, the ‘feel good’ chemical in the brain. This acts as a natural antidepressant. Together, exercise provides a dual benefit of focus and positive feelings. For these reasons, we often recommend exercise for our patients in conjunction with other treatment protocols.