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Common ADHD Medications for Adults

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that can affect both children and adults. It’s characterized by difficulties with attention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, and for many people, it can be a challenge to balance work, relationships, and everyday tasks with their symptoms. There are ADHD medications for adults that can help manage these symptoms and improve daily functioning, and they are often paired with other treatment services, like counseling. If you’re considering ADHD treatment services, knowing more about your medication options can help you begin treatment with confidence.

Northeast Health Services provides ADHD treatment services in locations across Massachusetts that can help adults manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life. Call 508.794.8711 today if you’re ready to get started.

The Role of Medication in ADHD Treatment

Like many mental health conditions and neurodevelopmental disorders, ADHD is complex and can’t be “cured” with medication alone. However, medication can play an important role in managing symptoms and improving daily functioning for adults with ADHD. These medications work by regulating levels of neurotransmitters in the brain linked to attention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.

Medication Options for Adults with ADHD

There are several types of medications that have been approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to treat ADHD symptoms in adults. These include stimulants, non-stimulants, and antidepressants.

Stimulants are often the first line of treatment for adult ADHD because they have a high success rate in managing symptoms. They work by increasing the levels of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain, improving focus, attention, and impulse control. Some common stimulant medications for ADHD include Adderall, Ritalin, and Concerta.

Non-stimulants may be prescribed if a person doesn’t respond well to stimulant medication or has other health concerns that make stimulants unsafe. These medications work by affecting different neurotransmitters, such as norepinephrine and serotonin, to improve focus and impulse control. Examples of non-stimulant ADHD medications include Strattera and Intuniv.

Antidepressants are sometimes prescribed as a secondary treatment for ADHD symptoms in adults, especially if they also have co-existing depression or anxiety. These medications can help improve mood and manage symptoms like impulsivity and hyperactivity. Common antidepressants used to treat ADHD include Wellbutrin and Prozac.

Signs of ADHD in Adults

While many people are diagnosed with ADHD as children, others may not receive a diagnosis until adulthood. Some common signs of ADHD in adults include:

  • Difficulty concentrating or staying organized
  • Constantly feeling restless or “on the go”
  • Frequent impulsivity and acting without thinking
  • Struggling to complete tasks or follow through on commitments
  • Relationship difficulties and frequent mood swings

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, talking to a mental health professional is your first step. They can offer guidance on assessments and treatment options. Starting medication for ADHD is a personal decision and should be made in consultation with a doctor or mental health provider. It’s important to consider potential side effects and how medication may interact with other medications or health conditions.

Get in Touch with Northeast Health Services for ADHD Treatment

If you’re a Massachusetts resident looking for ADHD treatment services, Northeast Health Services can help. Our experienced therapists and psychiatric professionals provide comprehensive assessments and personalized treatment plans to support individuals with ADHD. Whether it’s through medication, counseling, or a combination of both, we are dedicated to helping our clients find the best strategies to manage their symptoms and thrive in their daily lives.

If you’re ready to take the next step in your mental health journey, click here to reach out to our team of empathetic mental health care experts. For existing clients, please click here and find your office location to contact your office directly.