ADD/ADHD in Adults
SOME FACTS ABOUT ADHD IN ADULTS
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is also sometimes called attention-deficit disorder (ADD) and hyperactivity. The preferred name is ADHD because it includes the two aspects of the condition: inattention and hyperactive-impulsive behavior. It is estimated that 4 to 5% of adults have ADHD.
Many adults with ADHD do not realize that they have this condition. What they know is that everyday tasks can be a challenge. Adults with ADHD often find it hard to stay focused or to prioritize, and they find themselves missing deadlines and forgetting meetings or social events. Trouble controlling impulses can be anything from impatience when waiting in line or driving in traffic, to mood swings and outbursts of anger.
Adults with ADHD had ADHD as children, although it might never have been diagnosed. Some people with ADHD have fewer symptoms with age, while others continue to have many symptoms as adults. Every case is unique.
WHAT'S NORMAL AND WHAT'S ADHD?
Almost everyone has some ADHD-like symptoms at some point in life. If your difficulties began recently or occurred only occasionally in the past, you probably do not have ADHD. An ADHD diagnosis is made when symptoms are persistent and disruptive enough to cause ongoing problems in more than one part of your life and have started in early childhood.
Diagnosis of ADHD in adults can be challenging because certain ADHD symptoms are similar to those caused by other conditions, such as anxiety or mood disorders. Many adults with ADHD also have at least one other mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety.
ADULT ADHD SYMPTOMS CAN INCLUDE:
- Trouble with concentration or focusing
- Difficulty completing tasks
- Limited ability to tolerate frustration
- Frequent mood swings
- Hot temper
- Trouble managing stress
- Difficulties in relationships
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