"If Only I'd Known This 20 Years Ago."

Regret and resentment are common among adults diagnosed with ADHD after a lifetime of learning challeges, self-esteem struggles, and harsh criticism. Working through complex emotions is Step One. Then follow these steps to decide on the best treatment plan and secure the support you need.

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Step Two: Decide on Treatment

Deciding to move forward with treatment is a big step, and just the beginning of a new course you'll be carving out for your life. Remember that bringing about major change takes time.

Even under the care of an experienced physician, it may take weeks or even months to find the medication and dosage that work best for you. The effectiveness of ADHD medications varies with each individual, so finding the right one will involve trial and error with different doses and, possibly, different medications.

Once you and your doctor have gotten the medication right, the results can be dramatic. "The first day was like, who pulled up the shades?" recalls one woman who started a stimulant medication after much deliberation. "Already, I'm much more organized and on top of things. I can remember what time I told my teenagers to be home."

TIP: Wondering about complementary therapies? Many adults find that adding a daily fish oil capsule or regular exercise to their routine helps improve focus.

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