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Adults generally would have had ADHD symptoms since infancy.There are different degrees of severity of adult ADHD.

  1. Low initial ADHD severity, low parental depression
  2. Low initial ADHD severity, high parental depression
  3. High initial ADHD severity and high IQ, high parental depression
  4. High initial ADHD severity, low parental depression
  5. High initial ADHD severity and low IQ, high parental depression

Coping with those symptoms often causes adults to find they have been depressed since puberty. For this reason, your family physician is your first line of treatment.

Adults are usually first treated for depression & anxiety, with something like Wellbutrin.

The physician may later refer you to a behavioral psychologist, or a psychiatrist, since the latter would be able to prescribe a medication to extend the amount of time that you can focus on boring tasks.

No medication, or combination of medications will rewire your brain. Doctors can ease your depression, and extend your focus. However, the individual is still responsible for organization, motivation, choices, and self discipline.

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