We all know people who can’t sit still, who never seem to listen, who blurt out inappropriate comments, or don’t follow instructions no matter how clearly you present them. When symptoms are severe enough to cause ongoing problems in more than one area of your life, ADHD might be the cause.
Some people with ADHD have fewer symptoms as they age, but some adults continue to have major symptoms like difficulty paying attention, impulsiveness and restlessness. These persistent and disruptive symptoms can be traced back to early childhood.
Many adults with ADHD aren’t aware they have it — they just know that everyday tasks can be a challenge. Adults with ADHD may find it difficult to focus and prioritize, leading to missed deadlines and forgotten meetings or social plans. The inability to control impulses can range from impatience waiting in line or driving in traffic to mood swings and outbursts of anger.
According to the Mayo Clinic Adult ADHD symptoms may include:
- Disorganization and problems prioritizing
- Poor time management skills
- Problems focusing on a task
- Trouble multitasking
- Excessive activity or restlessness
- Poor planning
- Low frustration tolerance
- Frequent mood swings
- Problems following through and completing tasks
- Hot temper
- Trouble coping with stress
While it’s normal for people to forget where they put their keys, daydream during class or meetings, or act without thinking sometimes, inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity are also signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. ADHD makes it difficult for a person to inhibit their spontaneous responses, including everything from movement to speech to assertiveness.
Some adults with ADHD may be constantly in-motion, bouncing off the walls and disrupting others around them. Others with ADHD may sit quietly, with their attention miles away. There are three primary characteristics of ADHD: Inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsivity, though all three aren’t always prominent in one person.
People with ADHD may:
- Have trouble staying focused or get easily distracted
- Appear not to be listening when spoken to
- Constantly fidget and squirm
- Talk excessively
- Act without thinking
- Interrupt often, or say the wrong thing at the wrong time
- Have a quick temper or “short fuse”
- Poor school or work performance
Complications of Adult ADHD are:
- Financial problems
- Trouble with the law
- Alcohol or other substance misuse
- Frequent car accidents or other accidents
- Unstable relationships
- Poor physical and mental health
- Poor self-image
- Suicide attempts
Whether or not your symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity are due to ADHD, they can cause problems if left untreated. Adults who can’t focus or control themselves often find it hard to form and maintain relationships. These frustrations can later lead to low self-esteem and distress for the family.
Diagnosis of ADHD in adults can be difficult because certain ADHD symptoms are similar to those caused by other conditions, such as anxiety or mood disorders. And many adults with ADHD also have at least one other mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety.
Treatment can make a dramatic difference in your symptoms. With the right support, you can get on track for success in all areas of life.
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