Adult ADHD

Adult ADHD services offered in Flatiron, New York, NY

About 8 million people in the United States have adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and many don’t know it. At Fifth Ave Psychiatry, PLLC, in the Flatiron District of Manhattan in New York City, board-certified psychiatrist David Kraus, MD, specializes in diagnosing and treating adult ADHD. Call the office or book your consultation online today at this boutique psychiatric practice.

What is adult ADHD?

Adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition that causes ongoing problems with attention, activity, and behavior. These problems can affect work, school, and relationships.

Adult ADHD is no different than ADHD affecting children. However, adult ADHD symptoms are less obvious, making it harder to diagnose.

ADHD is a chronic condition caused by abnormalities in brain development during early childhood. Though symptoms change over time, ADHD doesn’t go away. Children diagnosed with ADHD will have adult ADHD.

It’s also possible for ADHD to go unnoticed or undiagnosed until adulthood.

What are the symptoms of adult ADHD?

Adult ADHD symptoms vary in type and severity. Some adults diagnosed with ADHD during childhood might notice improvements in their symptoms as they get older. The symptoms of others will only get worse.

The symptoms of adult ADHD include:

  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Disorganization
  • Poor time management
  • Difficulty multitasking
  • Hyperactivity
  • Excessive talking
  • Talking over others
  • Need to always be on the go
  • Quick to anger
  • Difficulty managing stress
  • Easily frustrated

Many adults struggle with these symptoms. However, in adults with ADHD, these symptoms are severe enough to affect their daily lives, making it difficult to manage work responsibilities and maintain relationships.

Adults with ADHD can trace their symptoms back to childhood.

What happens during an adult ADHD consultation?

Dr. Kraus conducts a thorough exam when you visit Fifth Ave Psychiatry, PLLC, for an adult ADHD consultation. He asks detailed questions about your symptoms and how they affect your life. He also asks about your childhood, personal mental health and medical histories, and family history.

Dr. Kraus can use various tools to confirm an adult ADHD diagnosis in patients without a prior history.

How is adult ADHD treated?

Behavioral health medication management is the primary treatment for adult ADHD. These medications include stimulants and nonstimulants. Dr. Kraus specializes in adult ADHD and behavioral health medication management and can find the proper medication and dose to manage your ADHD symptoms.

Dr. Kraus might also recommend psychotherapy for your adult ADHD.

Many people with adult ADHD fail to get the care they need to manage it. For expert help, call Fifth Ave Psychiatry, PLLC, or schedule a consultation online today.