The Adult ADHDology Treatment Approach

The 6-Step ADHDology Treatment Approach for Adults

The most effective treatment for ADHD involves a comprehensive and long-term management plan that utilizes a number of evidence-based approaches.

STEP 1. Evaluate ADHD and Other Coexisting Conditions

a. Obtain a comprehensive ADHD evaluation or full neuropsychological assessment
b. Explore if other possible coexisting conditions exist, including medical, sleep, neurodevelopmental,
psychological, trauma, and substance use disorders
c. If other conditions are suspected or detected, obtain additional evaluations and treatment from
appropriate providers


STEP 2. Learn About and Accept ADHD

a. Obtain accurate information about ADHD and share this with important others
b. Understand grieving issues to move towards acceptance of ADHD


STEP 3. Address and Manage ADHD at Home

a. Enhance relationships

    • Spouse/romantic relationships
    • Improve parenting effectiveness and parent-child relationships

b. Utilize effective organizational skills and systems to better manage time, chores, finances,
and other areas of life
c. Utilize daily brain-enhancing practices

    • Increase the amount of sleep and address sleep difficulties
    • Utilize ADHD dietary approaches, including healthier foods, higher protein and lower simple carbohydrates and sugar diet, and omega-3 fish oil supplements
    • Do aerobic exercise
    • Use a specific stress management plan to address recurring frustrations


STEP 4. Address and Manage ADHD at Work

a. Work towards obtaining the right job and career match
b. Manage productivity, tardiness, and other work challenges
c. Enhance work relationships


STEP 5. Consider Medication Treatment for ADHD
a. Recognize the pros and cons of using and not using ADHD medication
b. Understand the prescribing process
c. Obtain the right medication at the right dose


STEP 6. Obtain Additional ADHD Providers

a. ADHD psychotherapists
b. ADHD coaches
c. Providers for families who may have children and teens with ADHD
d. Consider neurofeedback