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. While it’s called adult ADHD, symptoms begin early in childhood and carry on into adulthood. Sometimes, ADHD never gets diagnosed until adulthood, if 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.
Adult and child ADHD treatments are fairly similar, but there are medications given to children that are not prescribed for adults. Common ADHD treatments include drugs, psychotherapy and treatment for any mental health conditions occurring with ADHD.
Some people with ADHD have less symptoms with age, but others continue to deal with major symptoms that often interfere with daily life.
In most adults, ADHD can occur undetected, but they know that fulfilling day-to-day tasks can be a huge challenge. They may have a hard time prioritizing and focusing, making them miss deadlines or forget work or social 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.
Adult ADHD may have the following symptoms:
Organization and prioritization issues
Bad time management
Problems focusing on a task
Issues with multitasking
Difficulty coping with frustration
Difficulty starting and completing tasks
Poor stress-coping mechanism
Normal Adult vs. Adult with ADHD
Everybody experiences ADHD-resembling symptoms at times. 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 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, the negative consequences brought about by ADHD on a person’s total quality of life can also be the cause of his depression.
When to See a Doctor
If you have any of the above-mentioned symptoms and they have become a constant source of problems in your life, talk to a doctor. 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.