Do you find yourself struggling to focus on a specific work task? Are you easily distracted? Are you unable to complete tasks that you start? Is your spouse constantly getting upset at you and yelling, “Why are you not listening to me"? Have you been reprimanded at work for diminishing productivity, mistakes, or not meeting deadlines for different tasks? If you answered yes to any of the questions, it may benefit you to seek treatment for ADHD. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a disorder that is first seen in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. It impacts individuals in a multitude of ways. When ADHD is left untreated, it can negatively affect your career, your marriage, your relationship with your children, and your ability to engage in meaningful conversations.

 There are amphetamine-based and non-amphetamine-based medications to treat ADHD. Amphetamines help in the treatment of ADHD. They can help one's ability to focus, decrease impulsivity, and improve sustained attention. There are some concerns regarding the use of amphetamines. Some of those concerns include but are not limited to the risk for dependence, the possibility of developing a tolerance to the medication, a decreasing appetite while on the medication, or the potential for insomnia if the medication is taken too late in the day. All of these concerns, although warranted, are often dose-dependent and should be discussed with your psychiatric provider. 

 Recently, I had a patient who appeared for his initial evaluation with his wife. He was in fear of losing his job and his marriage. He claimed that he was down and depressed because it seemed as though his life was falling apart. After identifying ADHD as the culprit to many of his issues and providing the proper treatment, he returned to the office just one month later in tears. His tears were from the gratitude and joy that he felt. He claimed that his work productivity and focus had improved so much that he was offered a promotion. In addition, because therapy had helped with his communication skills, the patient's relationship with his wife had improved dramatically. This is anecdotal, but I believe this illustrates the impact of both ADHD that is untreated and treated on an individual's life. 

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