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 can cause low self-esteem, unstable relationships, poor work or school performance and many other issues. 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. In adults, the symptoms may not be as evident as they are in children. Hyperactivity usually tones down in adults, but impulsiveness, distractibility and restlessness remain.
Adult and child ADHD treatments are fairly similar, but there are medications given to children that are not prescribed for adults. Treatment for ADHD usually include psychotherapy, drugs, and treatment for any other health problems that are occurring simultaneously.
Some people with ADHD have less symptoms with age, but others continue to deal with major symptoms that often interfere with daily life.
Most adults with ADHD don’t even know they have it, but they know that it can be a challenge to fulfill daily tasks and responsibilities. Prioritizing and focusing may be very difficult to do, and this often causes them to miss deadlines and forget responsibilities. 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:
Problems with organization and prioritization
Time management issues
Problems focusing on a task
Inability to multitask successfully
Poor frustration coping
Difficulty starting and completing tasks
Poor stress-coping mechanism
Normal Adult vs. Adult with ADHD
Everyone manifests ADHD-like symptoms sometimes. If you had them recently or only occasionally in the past, it’s probably nothing. 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. Such persistent and disruptive symptoms may be traced back to early childhood.
It can be hard to diagnose ADHD in adults, considering that the symptoms are usually very similar to those that come with mood disorders, anxiety and other conditions. 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. But do make sure to pick a specialist, considering that not all doctors are equally knowledgeable and experienced in handling this condition, especially in terms of validating whether the symptoms are, in fact, of ADHD.