Treating ADD / ADHD in adults requires a multi-pronged approach. Symptoms are generally treated with medicine. Stimulant medications such as Adderall, Ritalin, Vyvanse, Concerta, and Focalin are the most commonly prescribed. Long acting stimulants such as Adderall XR and Ritalin LA can provide symptom relief for an entire day with a single dose. Strattera, a non-stimulant approved for treatment of adult ADHD, has also gained wide acceptance. While there are several types of medications to treat ADHD, It may take some trial and error to find the right medicine—and the right dose—for you.
But it’s not just a matter of taking a pill. While you cannot cure ADHD, there is a lot you can do to improve symptoms. You will get much more out of your medication if you take the time to address emotional and behavioral issues and teach yourself new coping skills. There is also work to be done on practical stuff, such as getting organized.
There are also things you can do at home and at work to help overcome the challenges of ADHD. The key is to find or create a lifestyle that uses your strengths, works around your challenges, and helps you stay on track. For example:
Working with your doctor to find the right treatment for your ADHD is critical to living well with this condition.