Adult Attention Disorder and Finding Its Most Appropriate Cure

Dr. Purushothaman
October 2, 2013

A more complete and proper term for adult attention disorder is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or more widely known as ADHD. It is a very common case of learning impairment that has increasingly become a disturbing issue among college students. Records of patients who were once diagnosed with attention deficit disorder greatly emphasized that a large proportion of people with ADHD has had a history of such impairment in their childhood.

Statistically speaking, a whopping 60% of young individuals with attention deficit disorder will continue showing the symptoms up to their college life. However, college education is considered as the most vital stage of education with almost limitless complexities on various lessons and a learning disability such as ADHD could greatly hinder a student from ever finishing his studies.

Throughout the history of adult attention disorder, two major types of treatment have been developed by experts and researchers in the field of mental health. These methods of treatment are through medications and psychotherapeutic interventions. Although either of the two is already effective enough to overcome the problems of ADHD in a student, it is still best to utilize both types of treatment in order to enjoy far better results.

Medication for adult attention disorder is further divided into two classifications namely stimulants and non-stimulants. The stimulant medications are comprised of Methylphenidate and Amphetamine which are used to further enhance the focus and attention skills of a student.

Methylphenidate: Amphetamines:

*Concerta *Adderall
*Ritalin LA *Adderall XR
*Focalin XR *Vyvanse
*Metadate CD *Dextrostat

Non stimulant medications on the other hand are also observed to be effective in helping a person cope with his deficits with regards to his disability. This specific type of medication is composed of the following:

*extended release guanfacine
*extended release clonidine

Psychotherapy Interventions
The main concept of psychotherapeutic interventions is digging deeper into the minds and feelings of a student with adult attention disorder in order to find the true answers. By such process, an expert is able to trace the negative elements that are believed to be most likely the cause of the development of ADHD among children and adults as well. This specific type of intervention is specifically composed of two more sub-types of therapy namely, Emotional and Behavioral Therapy. Furthermore, various trainings which are meant to improve the person's social skills are also provided. With this set of trainings and therapies, a student's adult attention disorder will be easily dealt with.

However, students who are diagnosed with adult attention disorder should not depend on the treatments alone. Coordination between the patient and the mental health expert plays a vital role in the success of the whole treatment.

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