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What are the treatment options for adults with ADHD?

Stimulant medications are the first treatments tried for adult ADHD. They include Adderall, Vyvanse, Ritalin and Concerta. A non-stimulant medication called Strattera is available. It is useful for people who have a history of substance abuse or who experience intolerable side effects from stimulants. Adults with ADHD also benefit from a form of talk therapy called ADHD coaching. This type of cognitive behavioral therapy may be used with or in place of medication. 

Some treatment options for adults with ADHD include psychotherapy, behavioral therapy and medications, as well as natural treatments like dietary changes and exercise. Watch psychologist Jeffrey Gardere, PhD, explain these treatment options for ADHD.


Undiagnosed attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can take a heavy toll on adults, but treatment makes all the difference. In this video, psychiatrist and ADHD expert Edward Hallowell, MD, describes some of the most helpful approaches.

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Social worker and couple's therapist Sue Hallowell discusses some treatment options for adults with ADHD. Watch Sue Hallowell's video for tips and information on couple's health and ADHD.


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