Adult Atttention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD is a mental health disorder in which a person experiences persistent problems, such as lack of focus, impulsive behavior and hyperactivity. Adult ADHD is known to cause poor school or work performance, relationship issues, low self-esteem and many other problems. The disorder is called adult ADHD, but its symptoms can manifest in a person’s early years all the way to adulthood. Sometimes, ADHD is diagnosed only during adulthood or even never at all. The symptoms are usually not as evident in adults as they 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 a combination of drugs and psychotherapy, along with treatment for any accompanying mental health problems.
Some people with ADHD experience less symptoms as the get older, but in others, the symptoms may even worsen and compromise daily functioning.
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. Their impatience and inability to control impulses makes it very hard for them to wait in line, drive in traffic or restrain their anger.
These are the are the most common symptoms of adult ADHD:
Organization and prioritization issues
Poor time management
Inability to focus on a task
Trouble with multitasking
Inability to relax
Low tolerance to frustration
Lack of control over emotions
Trouble beginning and completing tasks
Problems coping with stress
Normal Adult vs. Adult with ADHD
Everybody experiences ADHD-resembling symptoms at times. If you had them fairly recently or at certain times in the past, it may be nothing to worry about. 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.
Because ADHD symptoms in adults are very similar to those associated with other conditions, like anxiety and mood disorder, diagnosis can be extremely difficult. 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 any of the above symptoms have been causing major difficulties in your life, speak to a doctor about possibly having ADHD. 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.