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 causes many issues, such as underperformance at work or in school, low self-esteem and impulsiveness. 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. Hyperactivity usually tones down in adults, but impulsiveness, distractibility and restlessness remain.
Treatment is generally similar for adult and child ADHD, although certain medications for children are not given to 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. Prioritizing and focusing may be very difficult to do, and this often causes them to miss deadlines and forget responsibilities. Because of their impatience and inability to control impulses, the usually have trouble waiting in line, driving in traffic, or containing their anger.
Adult ADHD may have the following symptoms:
Organization and prioritization issues
Time management issues
Problems focusing on a task
Trouble with multitasking
Inability to relax
Low tolerance to frustration
Trouble beginning and completing tasks
Poor stress-coping mechanism
Normal Behavior vs. ADHD
Everybody experiences ADHD-resembling symptoms at times. If you had them very occasionally in the past or just recently, you may not have the disorder. 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.
Because ADHD symptoms in adults are very similar to those associated with other conditions, like anxiety and mood disorder, diagnosis can be extremely difficult. 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, 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.