Adult ADHD Specialist

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
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In-Person care in Bethesda, MD
Telehealth appointments in Maryland, Virginia, DC,
Florida and Michigan

Dealing with adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can present persistent challenges, including difficulties with focus, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior. These issues can impact relationships, work or school performance, self-esteem, and overall well-being. At WCWCW, our team of board-certified psychiatrists specializes in diagnosing and treating ADHD in children, teenagers, and adults. To schedule an appointment at our Bethesda, Maryland, office, please call today or utilize our convenient online booking feature. We offer the same high-quality service via telehealth for patients residing in Maryland, DC, Virginia, Michigan, and Florida.

Adult ADHD Q & A

Understanding Adult ADHD

While the term “adult ADHD” suggests that symptoms emerge during adulthood, they often originate in early childhood and persist into later years. In some instances, ADHD may not be identified or diagnosed until an individual reaches adulthood. Unlike in children, symptoms of ADHD may be less apparent in adults, with reduced hyperactivity but persistent struggles with impulsivity, restlessness, and maintaining attention.

What is ADHD?

ADHD is characterized by hyperactivity, difficulty concentrating, and a tendency to fidget. Although it predominantly affects children and adolescents, it can also manifest in adults. Individuals with ADHD may find it challenging to remain seated or focused for extended periods. Without appropriate intervention and treatment, ADHD can significantly impact academic or occupational performance as well as personal relationships.

Additional symptoms of ADHD may include:

  • Difficulty concentrating or staying focused
  • Easy distractibility
  • Forgetfulness
  • Excessive talking
  • Impatience when waiting for one’s turn
  • Tendency to interrupt others during conversations
  • Challenges with organization or adhering to a schedule

What are the Symptoms of Adult ADHD?

While some individuals experience a reduction in symptoms as they age, others continue to face significant challenges that disrupt their daily functioning. In adults, key features of ADHD may involve struggles with attention, impulsiveness, and restlessness. These symptoms can vary in intensity, ranging from mild to severe.

Symptoms of adult ADHD may encompass:

  • Impulsive behavior
  • Disorganization and difficulty prioritizing tasks
  • Poor time management skills
  • Challenges focusing on a single task
  • Difficulty multitasking
  • Excessive restlessness or activity
  • Ineffective planning
  • Low tolerance for frustration
  • Frequent mood swings
  • Difficulties in completing tasks or following through on commitments
  • Irritability or a short temper
  • Trouble coping with stress


ADHD can significantly impact various aspects of life, including:

  • Academic or occupational underperformance
  • Unemployment
  • Financial instability
  • Legal issues
  • Substance abuse
  • Repeated accidents, including vehicular accidents
  • Unstable relationships
  • Compromised physical and mental health
  • Low self-esteem
  • Risk of suicide attempts

At WCWCW, we provide comprehensive support to address the challenges associated with adult ADHD.

Effective Treatments for ADHD

The treatment approach for adult ADHD is similar to that for childhood ADHD and typically incorporates medications, psychological counseling (psychotherapy), and treatment for any co-occurring mental health conditions.

When to Consult a Doctor for Adult ADHD

If the symptoms outlined above persistently disrupt your life, it is advisable to consult a psychiatrist to explore the possibility of ADHD.

Our dedicated specialists at WCWCW in Bethesda, Maryland, are committed to providing the compassionate care you need to navigate the complexities of adult ADHD. We extend the same high-quality services through telehealth for individuals residing in Maryland, DC, Virginia, Michigan, and Florida. Please reach out to our office or request an appointment online today.

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