Adult ADHD Treatment

Psychotherapy for Adult ADHD

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a relatively common neurobiological disorder of childhood that often has long-term effects on behavior, learning, cognition, and emotional functioning (Brown, 2000). ADHD affects about 3-5% of school-aged children (APA, 2000), and the prevalence in adults is estimated to be around 4-5%. As many as 50-70% of children with ADHD continue to experience clinically significant symptoms in adulthood.

Teenagers Aren't Getting Help

A new study shows the lack of treatment for many of the nation’s teenagers. Less than half, approximately, of teens with severe disorders received any treatment at all. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and conduct disorders were treated most often. Only about 20% of teens with anxiety or substance use disorder were treated, with fewer black and Hispanic than white teens receiving service. The researchers emphasize that the lack of mental health professionals who deal with adolescents is a problem that will likely worsen as more currently uninsured groups become insured.