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 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. In some cases, ADHD is diagnosed only in adulthood or 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.
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 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 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. Because they are impatient and unable to control impulses, the usually have problems driving in traffic, waiting in line or controlling their anger.
These are the are the most common symptoms of adult ADHD:
Organization and prioritization issues
Time management issues
Problems focusing on a task
Issues with multitasking
Poor frustration coping
Lack of control over emotions
Difficulty starting and completing tasks
Inability to handle stress
Normal Adult vs. Adult with ADHD
Everyone has ADHD-like symptoms at certain points in their lives. 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. These distracting and ongoing symptoms take root in 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. What makes it even harder is that a lot of adults with ADHD simultaneously deal with depression, anxiety or any other mental health condition. Sometimes, because of the ADHD, the person deals with the negative consequences that eventually make him depressed.
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.