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17 Apr 2006

Adult ADHD?
Dear Doc
I would just like to find out what is the signs and syptoms of ADHD in adults. My husband is 35yrs old.
Our friends are all asking me to get help for my husband and I am also at the end of my line. He is a wonderful person, but I cannot cope with his UNBELIEVABLE levels of energy and moodswings. If everything is not exactly the way he expects it to be, he absolutely loses it.
My husband exercises about 4hrs a day, and if he doesnt exercise for the day, he drives me crazy at home!
We used to fight quite a lot at one stage, and he has had his hand around my throat before, but this didnt scare him half as much as it scared me, because later the same day he was all happy-go-lucky again! We have been for marriage counselling, and I made big changes from my side. Things go well most of the time, nad he tries when it suits him, but mostly its just me trying to accomodate him.
All this would not bother me as much if it wasnt for the fact that he loses his temper with children as well, and since we are trying to fall pregnant ourselves, I feel I need to get him help before something happens.
I love my husband dearly, and he is a caring, generous, and trustworthy person, the only thing is that he gets worked up and out of control at the smallest little upsets.
Is there any medication that can help, I have thought about giving him rescue-drops, and I have also bought him vitB tablets to see if that can help.????
Please advise!
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01 Jan 0001

SIH, Adult ADHS is still an unofficial diagnosis, not fully established or recognized in official classifications, and not sufficiently studied to have firm answers to all the questions we might have about it. From the sound of this story, what is most needed would be for your husband to see a really good local psychiatrist for a full assessment, to establish what the real nature of his problems are, and what treatment options there may be. This doesn;t sound especially like adult ADHD, and there are several possible underlying causes for this problem behaviour, which might respond to various forms of treatment, including CBT. The marriage counselling was a good idea, but it sounds awry if all the changes and accomodations were made by you, rather than by him.
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