Attention Deficit Disorder Medications

Lake Worth Psychiatry offers comprehensive treatment for adults with ADHD, encompassing medication, educational insights about ADHD, skill training, and psychological counseling. This multidisciplinary approach is typically the most effective way to manage ADHD symptoms.


The cornerstone of ADHD treatment often involves stimulant medications, which are effective in managing symptoms such as short attention span, distractibility, misplacing items, procrastination, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. About 70% of adults and 75% to 80% of children with ADHD show symptom improvement with stimulant medication, experiencing fewer interruptions, reduced fidgeting, and enhanced task completion and time management.

Stimulant medications, including methylphenidate or amphetamine-based products, work by enhancing and balancing neurotransmitters like dopamine. These medications are not considered habit-forming in the context of ADHD treatment for children and adolescents and do not inherently lead to substance abuse. In fact, appropriate treatment of ADHD has been linked to a reduced risk of substance abuse.

Available stimulant medications vary in duration of action, including short-acting (immediate-release), intermediate-acting, and long-acting forms. Commonly prescribed stimulants include Adderall, Vyvanse, Concerta, Daytrana, Dexedrine, Focalin, Metadate, and Ritalin. Short-acting forms may require multiple daily doses, while long-acting versions are typically taken once daily.

Other Medications

Alternatives to stimulants include Atomoxetine (a nonstimulant that targets norepinephrine), guanfacine, and certain antidepressants like Bupropion. These alternatives may be considered when stimulants are not suitable due to side effects, health concerns such as hypertension, or a history of substance abuse. These nonstimulant options generally take longer to show effects.

Psychological Counseling

Counseling plays a crucial role in ADHD management for adults, focusing on psychotherapy, educating individuals about living with ADHD, and developing strategies for success.

Goals of psychotherapy for ADHD often include:

  • Enhancing time management and organizational skills.
  • Reducing impulsive behaviors.
  • Addressing past educational, professional, or relational setbacks.
  • Boosting self-esteem.
  • Minimizing procrastination.
  • Strengthening relationships with family, friends, and colleagues.
  • By integrating medication treatment with personalized counseling and skill development, Lake Worth Psychiatry aims to support individuals with ADHD in achieving improved daily functioning and quality of life.


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Lake Worth, FL 33467



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