Adderall and Ritalin are proven medications for managing attention deficit in adults.
Unfortunately, these two drugs — both stimulants — can also amp up blood pressure, which can be extremely hazardous for many adults who are already at risk from hypertension.
Several non-stimulant meds are available for adult ADHD. Atomoxetine (generic Stratera) is specifically intended for ADHD and is extremely affordable. Guanfacine and Clonidine are anti-hypertension meds that help some adults with hyperactivity and (less so) with attention deficit. Buproprion (generic Wellbutrin) is an anti-depressant that helps some adults with hyperactivity and attention deficit.
“If I have a clear set of tasks to do, a big cup of coffee in the morning is a great productivity-enhancer. I get straight to work and stay focused for hours. But if I don’t have a clear set of tasks in mind before I have the coffee, I’m just wired and rudderless.”
— Anonymous Reader
There’s often an order to doing things. We ADHDexecs have spent many years ignoring the steps and sometimes that’s fine. But sometimes we really need to know the 1, 2, 3…
Assembling “a clear set of tasks” can be hard if you’re working on a big, complex project. In fact, it’s impossible to write your whole list of tasks! So break it down. A day’s worth if you can do it. Or a half-day’s worth. Or half-hour‘s worth. Whatever you can do — as long as it’s steering first, gas second.
Depression, anxiety, and other conditions often accompany ADHD in adults.
If you have ADHD, consider screening for common co-morbid traits.
ADHD occurs in 3% to 5% of the US population. The risk for comorbidity is high, and the presence of comorbid disorders warrants special consideration in the treatment of patients with ADHD. For example, a comorbid diagnosis of ADHD and depression occurs in approximately 20% to 30% of patients, and ADHD and anxiety in more than 25% of patients.
It estimated the prevalence of ADHD to be 4.4% in 18- to 44-year-olds. Comorbidity rates were significantly elevated in this group compared to adults without ADHD. Respective rates were: mood disorders 38 and 11% (p < 0.05); anxiety disorders, 47 and 19% (p < 0.05); SUD, 15 and 6% (p <0.05), and intermittent explosive disorder, 29 and 6% (p < 0.05). Among the mood and anxiety disorders, all the individual component disorders were significantly elevated in the ADHD adults. Not so in the case of SUDs – only drug dependence was significantly higher in the adults with ADHD (4.4 vs. 0.6%, p < 0.05). There were no significant differences in alcohol abuse, alcohol dependence, and drug abuse.