ADHD Effect Treatment Guide

Fast Facts

  • About 5% of adults have ADHD.  That makes ADHD one of the most common, biologically-based mental health issues. (1)
  • Almost 90% of adults with ADHD are currently undiagnosed.  If you're just learning about it, you are not alone! (2)
  • ADHD is not just for kids.  50-70% of children with ADHD continue to have significant symptoms as adults (3)
  • 40-57% of biological children of parents with ADHD will also have ADHD. (1)
  • Research shows clearly that adult ADHD impacts almost every aspect of a person's life. (1)  Further, the majority will experience other clinically diagnosable mental health issues in their lives, as well.  If you think you might have ADHD, it is wise to get a full evaluation to understand your complete health picture.
  • 58% of relationships with at least one adult with ADHD can be classified as "maladjusted." (1) When ADHD is well managed, and both partners are better educated about their interactions, many previously struggling adult relationships can thrive. (4)

This treatment guide is designed to simplify the process of learning about ADHD treatment.  We point you to the best, most relevant, up-to-date treatment information we know.  If you feel we should include specific information in this Guide, please send it for our review.

You should start with the basics here, and add information from the areas in the left menu as you see fit.

ADHD Treatment Basics:
For All Adults

Free download: treatment chapter from The Couple's Guide to Thriving with ADHD.  Provides a great overview of treatment options and how to optimize treatment.

The experience of having ADHD.  Link to Psychology Today blog post - What it Feels Like to Have ADHD.  See also books on this topic in the store.

Free download: Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale ASRS v1.1.  Use this standard symptom tracker to measure symptom expression over time.

Free download:  ADHD Effect Treatment Optimization Worksheet. This worksheet, from the Melissa's Couple's Seminar, helps you understand what treatment options are available to you that you are currently not using so you may improve your results.

NIMH overview of ADHD - This focuses primarily on children, but provides a thorough overview of ADHD, diagnosis and treatment.  The adult information is at the bottom.  Another good overview of the criteria, along with the differences between the diagnostic criteria in the diagnostic manuals previously used (DSM-IV) and the new one (DSM-V) can be found at this ADDA link.

Recommended reading:  See our recommended reading list.

Other treatment information:  see the navigation bar to the left.



(1) Barkley, R., & Benton, C. (2010). Taking charge of adult ADHD. New York, NY: Guilford Press.  pp. 2, 48, 167-169, 380-384

(2) Parker, Harvey (2014) Co-founder of CHADD.

(3)  Russell M. Barkley, Ph.D.; and Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.

(4) Orlov, M. (2010). The ADHD effect on marriage: Understand and rebuild your relationship in 6 steps. Plantation, FL: Specialty Press.

Last updated:  4/4/14