I have ADHD and I havn't had any problems of it getting worse. I also havn't heard of it getting any worse either.
I can only speak for myself, of course, but as I have gotten older my own ADD has indeed gotten more severe, but not a lot because I finally found a treatment for it. I'm on a rather large dose of Adderall and it has had an unbelievable impact on my life. I wish I'd had it when I was a child or in high school.
I feel I must qualify this by saying that I also suffer from depression and anxiety and am also being treated for these.
However, before my psychiatrist and I found the right combo of meds, we went through more drugs and drug combos than I can accurately recall. I'd start a new treatment, it would help for a short while then I would 'crash.' Each time this happened I would feel worse.
With my Adderall I can concentrate, finish projects, and my self esteem has even improved because I know that I /can/ achieve goals and finish things now, where in the past I wouldn't even try because I was sure I'd just give up or lose interest.
For me, I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was 6. I am 19 now. Going into adulthood my ADHD did increase in severity, but I am in my second week of treatment with adderall. I am currently taking 15mg a day (10mg when I wake up, 5mg at 4:00). The dosage is completely too low, but it's helping a bit.
there's a couple of ways of looking at this, too. my ADD seems to be getting much worse as I get older, (I'm being treated and am taking Dexadrine, which helps a lot) and yes, it could be that my ADD is actually getting worse, but it couls also be that as I get older I am having to deal with a lot more problems and responsibilities, and it may be that because of this it is simply becoming more obvious, which would appear (and feel)exactly the same.
The severity of ADHD is determined by analyzing the amount symptoms they possess, and how these various symptoms interact to create problems in a person's daily day-to-day functioning. A person who has ADHD and is unable to function within work, school, and interpersonal relationships would have a severe case of ADHD. A person with some forgetfulness but who could still maintain healthy relationships and a job would be considered to have a mild case of ADHD.
Adults generally would have had ADHD symptoms since infancy.There are different degrees of severity of adult ADHD.Low initial ADHD severity, low parental depressionLow initial ADHD severity, high parental depressionHigh initial ADHD severity and high IQ, high parental depressionHigh initial ADHD severity, low parental depressionHigh initial ADHD severity and low IQ, high parental depressionCoping 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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