Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry


Understanding ADHD in Adults

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is believed back then to be a condition among children which they can grow out of as they become adults. Today, it has been proven that it is a condition that can span throughout patients’ lives from childhood to adulthood.

Typically, when people hear about ADHD, they are reminded of hyperactive or impulsive children who always have a hard time in paying attention. But, as surprising as it sounds, adults can have ADHD, too. In fact, around 5 percent of adults in the US have it but only a few gets diagnosed or treated for it.

In this article, we will be highlighting the important details about adult ADHD to guide our readers and raise awareness about it.

 ADHD is a neurological condition that affects an individual’s ability to pay attention and manage behavior. When left untreated, it can create conflicts in every aspects of adult.

 Adults who have ADHD have had it since they were young.

Some have been diagnosed earlier in their lives, while some have only found out about it later in their lives.

 The symptoms of ADHD can vary over the course of a person’s life. It can be more evident in a children as you can
observe their hyperactivity. However as they grow up as adults, they develop coping strategies to fit in the society so they can show less visible symptoms.

 Adult ADHD can make patients become inattentive or hyperactive-impulsive. The signs of having Inattentive ADHD include:

  • Time management issues
  • Poor memory
  • Being disorganized
  • Inability to pay attention to details
  • Inability to stay organized
  • Inability to finish tasks
  • Prone to car accidents

On the other hand, those who have hyperactive-impulsive ADHD may show the following signs:

  • Highly energetic
  • Enjoy speeding
  • Very talkative
  • Interrupt when others are speaking
  • Can’t stay still
  • Make quick decisions
  • Very impatient

 In order to get proper diagnosis, a detailed evaluation must be done by health professionals who have experience with adult ADHD.

 Treatments to ADHD in adults may include medication, counseling and lifestyle changes.



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