There is no question in my mind that ADD/ADHD is just as common in older adults and seniors as it is in children and teens. In fact, my oldest patient with ADD was 94 when she came to see me! I had seen three generations of people in her family: her son, grandson, and great-granddaughter. When I asked her why she wanted to be evaluated, she said that she wanted to be able to finish reading the paper in the morning. No matter what your age, targeted ADD treatment will enhance your quality of life—something that everyone deserves!
When adult ADD is left untreated, it often leads to chronic stress, social isolation, anxiety, and depression. A life full of chronic stress will decrease brain function over time, and according to the Alzheimer’s Society, around 60% of people with mild cognitive impairment will go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease.
If you or an elder loved one is showing symptoms of ADD, take our free online questionnaire to learn more about whether ADD is likely, and if so, what you can do about it.
10 Signs of Adult ADD:
- Poor sustained attention span for reading, paperwork, etc.
- High susceptibility to boredom by tedious material
- Frequent lateness for appointments/work
- A tendency to misplace things frequently
- Poor organization and planning
- Procrastination until deadlines are imminent
- Restlessness, trouble staying in a confined space (not a phobia)
- Impulsive decision-making, frequent job changes
- Failure to listen carefully to directions
- Poor performance at work, despite abilities
Click here to see what each type of ADD/ADHD looks like on SPECT brain scans.
Larry, 62, was experiencing a great deal of marital conflict and was on the brink of divorce. His wife complained that he never talked to her, was unreliable, never finished projects that he started, and that he was very negative. He tended to be moody, tired, and disinterested in sex.
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As a child, Larry had mediocre to poor grades in school, and as an adult he went from job to job, complaining of boredom.
Larry was referred to me by his marital therapist, and rightly so: Larry’s SPECT scan showed decreased prefrontal cortex activity and increased activity in the deep limbic system of his brain. Larry had Limbic ADD, with problems that looked like a combination of ADD and mild, chronic depression.
Seeing his scan immediately took away the stigma and convinced him of the need for treatment. He took my recommendations and started on an intense aerobic exercise program, changed his diet, and began taking three brain-directed dietary supplements to support his overall brain health, his mood and his natural ability to focus. Larry noticed improvements within a month’s time and the couple progressed quickly in marital therapy. Last time we spoke, they told me that they were happier than when they first were married!
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