What is Adult ADHD?

Most people have heard of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), but not everyone is aware that this highly discussed childhood developmental issue is actually present into adulthood for many of those who have it. Hallmarks of this condition include hyperactivity, impulsiveness and attention problems. As many as 60% or more of individuals who have ADHD as children grow up to become adults with ADHD. This means that as much as 4% of the adult population here in the US has adult ADHD. Why then are so few US adults treated for or even diagnosed with adult ADHD?

How Can You Spot An Adult With ADHD Or Decide If You Are One?
For somone who has adult ADHD, it may be difficult to follow the directions of others. It may also be harder to remember important information or to concentrate when necessary to do so. Organization may be a problem, and working with tight deadlines may be difficult. Those with adult ADHD may have related emotional issues, vocational issues, behavioral issues, social difficulty or academic problems.

A List Of Symptoms That May Be Related To Adult ADHD
Adult ADHD may manifest itself in different ways for different people. While some adults with ADHD may not have many symptoms at all, others may be virtually unable to function properly without help or medication. There is a long list of symptoms that various mental health professionals and doctors believe may be symptoms related to adult ADHD, including but not limited to:

• Impulsive or risky behavior.
• Procrastination.
• Depression.
• Problems with punctuality and attendance.
• Issues obtaining and maintaining employment.
• Lower confidence and lack of self-esteem.
• Issues in interpersonal relationships.
• Difficulty in working relationship.
• Academic issues.
• Lack of organizational ability.
• Chronic forgetfulness
• Constant boredom.
• Frequent mood swings.
• Inability to control temper.
• Social anxiety and other forms of anxiety.
• Issues with addiction or substance abuse.

As explained above, each person will be different. Thus, these symptoms may be quite mild in nature or may be exceedingly severe. They may depend on the situation the specific adult is in or they may be ever-present. For example, if an adult who has ADHD is extremely interested in a particular topic or pursuit it may be easier for them to focus and concentrate. Many adults who have ADHD may avoid social interaction, while others may be at the other extreme and avoid circumstances where they have to be alone at all costs.

Are Adults With ADHD Less Likely To Succeed in Their Educational Pursuits?
Some adults with ADHD may be less likely to succeed in higher education if they do not get assistance with or accommodations for their condition. For many adults with ADHD, a history of rather poor performance in school and issues so severe that they resulted in disciplinary action is common. Some adults who grew up with ADHD may have had to repeat a grade more than once and may have even gone so far as to drop out of school entirely. However, those with adult ADHD who are treated for it or receive medication to deal with the issue often find that their educational difficulties all but disappear.

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