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 causes many issues, such as underperformance at work or in school, low self-esteem and impulsiveness. 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 often not as clear in adults as the are in kids. 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. Common ADHD treatments include a combination of drugs and psychotherapy, along with treatment for any accompanying mental health problems.
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. They may have a hard time prioritizing and focusing, making them miss deadlines or forget work or social responsibilities. 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:
Organization and prioritization issues
Time management issues
Problems focusing on a task
Inability to multitask successfully
Inability to relax
Poor frustration coping
Problems starting and finishing tasks
Inability to handle stress
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. It’s ADHD if the symptoms are so severe that they’re causing continuous problems in more than one area of your life. Such distracting and incessant symptoms can be attributed 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 Seek Treatment
If any of the above symptoms have been causing major difficulties in your life, speak to a doctor about possibly having ADHD. However, make sure to choose a specialist because not all doctors are extensively knowledgeable about the disorder, especially when it comes to validating whether the patient’s symptoms are actually of ADHD..