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Typically, in our society, when we talk about ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, people would usually think of children or students who struggles with social emotional learning needs as well as educational needs. Almost no one would think of adults as likely victims of struggles relating to ADHD challenges.
Adults are the forgotten people, who struggles with constant insecurities, self-blame, self-esteem problems, depression, anxiety, all simply because of ADHD challenges at work or personal life. Many would question themselves or feel afraid to voice those challenges or problems out for fear of social stigma, prejudice and judgment.
What is Adult ADHD
Adult ADHD or Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a mental health problem that typically includes a combination of persistent problems in professional or personal life. Problems may include difficulty paying attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior, anger, frustration, uncontrolled aggression and impulsivity. Adult ADHD may lead to unstable relationships and conflict, poor work or school performance, low self-esteem, poor communication skills among other problems.
Despite the disorder being identified as adult ADHD, symptoms may start early in childhood and typically continue into adulthood. In some cases, ADHD is not recognized or diagnosed until the person is an adult. The challenge of the disorder is that Adult ADHD symptoms may not be as clear as ADHD symptoms in children. In adults, hyperactivity may decrease, but struggles with impulsiveness, restlessness and difficulty paying attention may continue to effect their daily lives. Additionally, adults may have also learned various compensatory skills to move on with their life to compensate for those behaviours; as such, the disadvantages and pain that these symptoms caused to the individual, is not always readily identified
In most cases, people with ADHD have fewer symptoms as they age as they ‘grow’ out of it; however, some adults continue to have major symptoms that continue to interfere with daily functioning, social relationships, and professional performance. In adults, the main features of ADHD disorders may include difficulty paying attention, impulsiveness, carelessness, poor memory, and restlessness. Symptoms typically range from mild to severe.
Many adults with ADHD are not always aware they have it — they just know that everyday tasks can be a challenge and they just cannot seem to perform to their optimal levels. Adults with ADHD may find it difficult to focus and prioritize, leading to missing deadlines, forgotten meetings or social plans, making mistakes that can be too severe. The inability to control impulses can range from impatience waiting in line or driving in traffic to mood swings and outbursts of anger. There are many different types of impact that adult ADHD can cause you.
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
What’s typical behavior and what’s ADHD?
Almost everyone has some symptoms similar to ADHD at some point in their lives. If your difficulties are recent or occurred only occasionally in the past, you probably don’t have ADHD. ADHD is diagnosed only when symptoms are severe enough to cause ongoing problems in more than one area of your life. These persistent and disruptive symptoms can be traced back to early childhood.
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 for adult ADHD is similar to treatment for childhood ADHD. Adult ADHD treatment includes medications such as ‘ritalin’, ‘adderell’, psychological psychotherapy and counselling that focuses on life coping skills and strategies are also effective. It is also important to note of any potential problems that may be contributed by adult ADHD and the specific treatment for any mental health conditions that occur along with ADHD.
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