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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Adults and Seniors

ADHD is a problem with inattentiveness, over-activity, impulsivity, or some combination of these. Through our assessment and observation process, we can help determine which (if any) will be the best course of treatment for an adult with ADHD.

Avera Behavioral Health Center wants to help you and your family to find practical solutions and a customized treatment program - all in an active, engaging environment. And you can feel confident in knowing that everything we do is backed by our staff of compassionate, highly-trained professionals.

ADHD is a long-term, chronic condition. About half of the children with ADHD will continue to have troublesome symptoms of inattention or impulsivity as adults. However, adults are often more capable of controlling behavior and masking difficulties.

Statistics show that there is an increased incidence of juvenile delinquency and adult encounters with the law among individuals who had ADHD as a child.

Do I Have ADHD?

I am concerned I or a loved one may have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Is it necessary to visit the physician for medications or a therapist for counseling?

Research studies have shown that the best treatment plan would usually include both counseling and medications. While medications ease the symptoms, therapy would focus on making behavioral changes. If you are concerned about you or a loved one and would like to talk more specifically about your situation please call our FREE 24 hour, confidential Assessment Line at 605-322-4065 or 1-800-691-4336.

ADHD Symptoms

Symptoms of inattention

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fourth Edition, published by the American Psychiatric Association symptoms of ADHD may include:

  • Fails to pay attention to details
  • Problems in maintaining attention during tasks
  • Does not listen when spoken to directly
  • Frequently does not follow through on instructions and fails to complete assignments or chores
  • Exhibits problems with task organization
  • Easily distracted by extraneous noises
  • Forgetful in daily activities

Symptoms of impulsivity

  • Blurts out answers before the question is completed
  • Difficulty waiting for their turn
  • Frequently interrupts the conversation of others

Treatment of ADHD

Although it is unclear what the exact cause of ADHD is there are various forms of treatment in order to deal with this disorder.

Once ADHD has been diagnosed by a qualified mental health professional, there are both medications and behavioral approaches that can be implemented to improve an adult's quality of life.