As many of the symptoms of ADHD are often mistaken for personal or business-related stress, many adults are living with ADHD and may not realize it. ADHD is often believed to be a disorder of childhood only, yet it is estimated that as many as 7% of adults have the diagnosis. It is often undiagnosed because the adult may have achieved success in school or career; therefore, it is believed that the symptoms are not related to ADHD. As adults, we have likely developed some coping strategies as children or adolescents and have gone on to achieve success in our families or careers. This is not, however, always the best way to address adult ADHD. Untreated, ADHD may cause difficulties in our friendships, marital or family relationships; further, it may create difficulty working in teams in the workplace, which challenges our self-esteem and has broad implications for our overall health.
The Affinity Center offers individualized treatment for the adult who believes he or she may have ADHD, or for those who have already received a diagnosis. This treatment may begin with an accurate diagnosis, which is achieved through both physical and psychological evaluations, discussion, and testing. Help is available; you are not alone.