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Can Adults Be Diagnosed with ADHD?

The simple answer is yes. People may be diagnosed with ADHD as children or adults. Perhaps the better question is what benefits are there to receiving an adult ADHD diagnosis? You can get the answer to that question and more in this blog. Keep reading if you believe you may be dealing with ADHD as an adult to learn more about the benefits of receiving a diagnosis as well as how therapy factors into treatment plans. If you have more questions, don’t hesitate to contact the trusted team at the Center for CBT in New York City. Our experienced professionals can help you talk through the reasons to schedule an ADHD assessment as well as the many benefits of receiving a diagnosis later in life.

Should I Receive an ADHD Assessment?

If you answer yes to any of the questions below, you may want to consider assessment for ADHD:

  • Are you either extremely early or late to every event?
  • Do you have a tough time remembering details of tasks?
  • Are you constantly forgetting deadlines or due dates?
  • Do you have a tough time waiting your turn during conversations?
  • Is it difficult to turn your ideas into actual products?
  • Do you have difficulty in relationships because you seem to focus on yourself or relate every conversation back to you?
  • Are you considered an under achiever despite your potential?
  • Are you constantly overwhelmed by energy and feel the need to tap your toe, move around, or fidget.

What Are the Benefits of ADHD Diagnosis?

The belief that there’s no benefit is one of the many reasons adults hesitate to receive an ADHD diagnosis. The primary benefit of receiving an ADHD diagnosis is increased self-awareness and greater understanding of your needs. Other benefits of receiving ADHD diagnosis as an adult include:

  • Understanding the reasons for past struggles in order to heal and develop a greater sense of joy.
  • Developing strategies and skills to cope with the daily effects of ADHD.
  • Receiving necessary treatment, including therapy and medications.
  • Improving communication skills.
  • Achieving and maintaining healthier and more fulfilling relationships.
  • Increasing professional and personal success.

How Does Therapy Help?

Therapy has proven beneficial in managing the potentially negative impact of ADHD in adults. For those adults who receive a diagnosis later in life, therapy can be an essential resource as they come to terms with what the diagnosis means, how ADHD has impacted them in the past, and what they can do to minimize the ongoing effects of ADHD. After processing the diagnosis itself, therapy also provides skills development to improve day-to-day life. Cognitive behavioral therapy specifically has been proven to address the ways that ADHD impacts thoughts, feelings, and actions on a daily basis.

How Do I Get Started?

If you’re interested in learning more about how therapy can provide an essential resource for adults with ADHD, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the knowledgeable team at the Center for CBT in New York City. You can call our team at (917) 596-8955 or complete our online request form to get started.


What Should I Do Next?

When you’re ready to begin therapy, we hope you’ll consider contacting The Center for CBT in New York City. We offer a safe space where you are free to be who you really are and express yourself and your values authentically. We embrace, value, and welcome people of all sexual orientations, genders, and racial identities. The Center for CBT in New York City makes beginning your therapy journey simple. You can get started any time by completing our online consultation request form. One of our team members will be in touch within 24 business hours to answer your questions.

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