Adult Atttention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD is a mental health disorder marked by a combination of persistent issues, like inability to concentrate, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. Adult ADHD is known to cause poor school or work performance, relationship issues, low self-esteem and many other problems. Although it’s called adult ADHD, the disorder can begin in early childhood and persist until adulthood. In some cases, ADHD is diagnosed only in adulthood or never at all. The symptoms are often not as clear in adults as the are in kids. In adults, hyperactivity may decline, but impulsiveness, restlessness and lack of focus may persist.
Treatment for adult and child ADHD are very similar, but some medications for children are not approved for adults. Common ADHD treatments include drugs, psychotherapy and treatment for any mental health conditions occurring with ADHD.
In some people with ADHD, symptoms decrease with age, but in others, the difficulties continue and affect daily functioning in a major way.
Most adults with ADHD do not realize the have the disorder, but the know that it can be a feat just to keep up with everyday tasks. They may have difficulty focusing and prioritizing, causing them to miss deadlines and forget meetings or social plans. Because of their impatience and inability to control impulses, the usually have trouble waiting in line, driving in traffic, or containing their anger.
These are the are the most common symptoms of adult ADHD:
Problems with organization and prioritization
Poor time management
Difficulty focusing on a task
Trouble with multitasking
Poor frustration coping
Lack of control over emotions
Problems starting and finishing tasks
Problems coping with stress
Normal vs. ADHD
Everybody experiences ADHD-resembling symptoms at times. If you had them very occasionally in the past or just recently, you may not have the disorder. If the symptoms are severe and persistent enough to cause difficulties in more than one area of your life, then it’s possible that you have ADHD. These ongoing and distracting symptoms are rooted in early childhood.
It can be difficult to diagnose ADHD in adults since many of the symptoms are similar to those brought about by other conditions, such as mood disorders or anxiety. Not to mention many adults with ADHD are also dealing with another mental health condition, like depression or anxiety. Sometimes, because of the negative effects of ADHD on one’s overall quality of life, he develops depression.
When to Consult with a Doctor
If you deal with any of the symptoms mentioned above and they have caused major problems in your life, consult with a physician. Choose a specialist however as not all doctors have crucial knowledge about the disorder, especially in terms of verifying whether or not the symptoms presented are indeed of ADHD.