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Can you be started on medication for add/adhd as an adult or does that need to start as a child?

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Last Updated: 08/27/2018 at 10:41am
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October 19th, 2016 3:55pm
Absolutely, there have been studies suggesting that ADD/ADHD have been known to affect as much as up to 5% of the adult population and many going untreated. The first step in getting medication would be getting a diagnosis from a professional. Talk to your family doctor about the symptoms you have, and ask what you need to do to get started to start feeling better soon!
November 15th, 2016 12:10am
It is honestly between you and your physician. I can relay experience that points to some being placed on medication as adults. Keep in mind that some are FDA approved for other illnesses as well as attention related disorders.
October 9th, 2017 7:30pm
Seeking advice from your family physician is the best route for any concerns regarding medication. Start to get help at any age is a good idea
January 6th, 2018 10:07am
Yes you can start medication as an adult. I didn't start until I was 24 though I wish I would have started sooner. It's never too late to start though it is best to consult your doctor to see if it's a good treatment option for you.
February 27th, 2018 12:26am
Medicine for treatment of ADD/ADHD can begin in adulthood as well as childhood. If symptoms are confirmed by a qualified health professional and it is determined that medicine would be beneficial, it would be appropriate to try a prescription as an adult.
August 27th, 2018 10:41am
You can start on medication as soon as the diagnosis has been made. Whether you are an adult or a child it simply does not matter at all! :) As soon as the Add/Adhd is apparent professionals take the next step with the person to achieve whats best for them. However, from personal experience, it took a long time for professionals to diagnose me with ADHD, as many thought as an adult i was simply after the medication (not true) Eventually I found a professional who believed me and made the right tests to officially diagnose me. This was the most appropriate thing to do. I Believe there is no difference when you start taking the medication. Also makes a big difference in many peoples lives too! :)