Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
What are the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?
ADHD often presents differently in adults than in children. Also, each person will have a unique set of symptoms. Untreated Adult ADHD can lead to many difficulties. Work and career may suffer due to missing deadlines and tardiness which can lead to frequent job changes. Finances may suffer because it is difficult to keep track of bill payments, losing important paperwork or impulsive spending. These issues, along with ADHD symptoms, can cause strain in relationships.
Symptoms of ADHD can overlap with other disorders such as anxiety, making the diagnosis challenging. It is important to keep track of your symptoms to accurately report to your psychiatric provider.
ADHD Symptoms Include...
Trouble concentrating and staying focused:
- Easily distracted by low priority activities
- Difficulty with too many thoughts at once
- Struggling to pay attention such as when reading or listening during a conversation
- Daydreaming at random times without realizing it
- Frequently making errors or missing important details
- Easily bored and moving on to more interesting topics or activities
- Hyperfocus: While some people have difficulty staying focused on a task, hyperfocus can also be a symptom of adult ADHD. If the information is interesting and stimulating, it can be difficult to take your attention away from the subject. While this may be helpful to limit the internal chaos of ADHD symptoms and temporarily increase your productivity, it can make you unaware of the environment around you. You may lose track of time or neglect responsibilities, leading to problems in the workplace and at home.
Disorganization and forgetfulness:
- Procrastination and failing to meet deadlines
- May start several projects but not follow through to completion
- Disorganized, poor time management, work/home spaces are cluttered
- Chronically late, forgetting appointments and commitments
- Frequently misplacing items such as wallet, phone, documents, etc.
- Blurting out thoughts that may be inappropriate
- Acting carelessly without considering consequences
- Socially inappropriate behavior such as inability to sit still during a meeting
- Talking over others or frequently interrupting
Difficulty managing emotions:
- Irritable, short-tempered
- Feeling insecure, low self-esteem
- Overly sensitive to criticism
- Inability to stay motivated
Hyperactivity or restlessness:
Feeling agitated, internally restless or racing thoughts
Become easily bored and may engage in risky behaviors
Please note: Adults are less likely to have symptoms of hyperactivity or restlessness than children.However, you may still have ADHD.
Finding the Right Medication for Treating Adult ADHD
Depending on the severity of adult ADHD symptoms and the effectiveness of self-help strategies, medication may be used as part of your treatment plan. A full medication assessment will be completed, including a review of past and current prescriptions, over the counter, and homeopathic medications. We will then determine if medication changes are needed or if a new medication is necessary. We will also work with your primary care provider to discuss medications or other health issues that may impact the treatment
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