Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a mental health condition typically characterized by disorganization, impulsive behavior, and difficulty paying attention. People often think ADHD is an issue only during childhood, but as ADHD research continues, findings show that more than half of the children diagnosed with ADHD carry the symptoms into adulthood.
Adults often find that they need to juggle several tasks throughout the day. At times, this can feel frustrating and out of control. Everyone has days like this; however, if you find that you’re always running late, more forgetful than just misplacing car keys, and so disorganized it’s difficult to fulfill daily responsibilities, you may have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
It is not uncommon for symptoms of ADHD to be missed during childhood. Perhaps you were “the dreamer”, “the clown”, “a troublemaker”, “lazy” or just a poor student. You likely learned to compensate for the challenges related to the symptoms of ADHD in order to make it through school. People can often manage in this way until their day-to-day responsibilities in adulthood increase, and they are no longer able to compensate.
Sometimes people have symptoms that seem like ADHD; however, the diagnosis of adult ADHD requires chronic symptoms. The psychiatric specialists at West End Consultation Group take a caring and comprehensive approach to assessing and treating adults with ADHD. Contact us today to schedule an adult ADHD assessment.
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.
Adult ADHD Symptoms
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
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.
- Talking over others or frequently interrupting
- Blurting out thoughts that may be inappropriate
- Acting carelessly without considering consequences
- Socially inappropriate behavior such as inability to sit still during a meeting
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
- Constantly fidgeting
- Excessively talkative
Please note: Adults are less likely to have symptoms of hyperactivity or restlessness than children. However, you may still have ADHD.