I have several questions regarding treatment options for adults with PDD and ADHD. My brother was diagnosed with PDD-NOS and ADHD when he was five years old. He did not receive pharmacologic interventions, but received intensive Occupational, Physical, and Speech Therapy. He is now 24 years old, and has done incredibly well. He currently attends college at the Art Institute of California in San Francisco. He does, however, continue to struggle with communication, organization, and initiating tasks. He also requires special services in college to help him with handling his coursework.
My father was listening to a report the other day which mentioned new pharmacologic treatments for adults with ADHD. After listening to the report, my dad was hopeful that some of the recent pharmacologic interventions could help my brother as an adult with ADHD and PDD.
My questions are as follows:
(1) Are there any pharmacologic treatments available for adults with PDD and ADHD?
(2) If there are pharmacologic treatments available, what are the side-effects to these treatments?
(3) If pharmacologic interventions are not appropriate or unavailable, what types of interventions would be best for adults with PDD?