We have an ADD/ADHD forum here at Medhelp. You may want to post your question there.
Yep, ADHD can really mess up ones life if untreated. Anxiety, depression, self-medication are fairly common and any one of those things can make life miserable. So first thought is that while meds can and will help, finding a good psychologist or psychiatrist who can help him deal with all these other issues is also very important.
Medication wise - it all really depends on the individual and how they respond. But any med that will do any good will be done with a prescription. There are no natural meds that will do much good unless you have gotten your ADHD pretty much under control. There are both stimulant and non-stimulant meds (although they are typically not as effective), and because they are all controlled substances they must be prescribed by a doctor. Here is a pretty good link listed the meds with pros and precautions, etc. http://www.leeheymd.com/charts/adhd_1.html
And this is a very good site with lots of information on the meds as well as many good links dealing with adult ADHD.
Finally, I recommend that he take a look at this site. http://jeffsaddmind.com/for-first-time-visitors It is written by a guy with AD/HD and besides having a lot of good info. It really lets you know that you are not the only person in the world having to go through this #***!, and that there is help out there.
I am curious was his ADHD treated as a child?
Hope this helps. Please let me know if you need more info. Best wishes.!!
It is by an adult with AD/HD. Besides having lots of good info - its pretty easy to see that
Adderall is the most commonly prescribed ADHD medicine for adults. I think most insurance companies cover it until a person is 25. Some will cover it for longer. I had to start paying out of pocket on my 26th birthday.
Some versions of extend release Ritalin are also FDA approved for adults and there are also non stimulant alternatives.