The disorder interferes with the quality of life by intruding on day-to-day functioning. These are:. Adults who have significant problems with inattention, but exhibit few or no symptoms of hyperactivity, are said to have the predominantly inattentive presentation of ADHD.
Symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD affects about 5 percent of children, and about half of them will carry those symptoms into adulthood, says the American Psychiatric Association. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that numbers are even higher in smaller community samples. On top of that, many adults with ADHD have never been diagnosed.
Understanding ADHD (or ADD) in adults
Adult ADHD can lead to unstable relationships, poor work or school performance, low self-esteem, and other problems. Though it's called adult ADHD , symptoms start in early childhood and continue into adulthood. In some cases, ADHD is not recognized or diagnosed until the person is an adult. In adults, hyperactivity may decrease, but struggles with impulsiveness, restlessness and difficulty paying attention may continue. Adult ADHD treatment includes medications, psychological counseling psychotherapy and treatment for any mental health conditions that occur along with ADHD. Some people with ADHD have fewer symptoms as they age, but some adults continue to have major symptoms that interfere with daily functioning.
Do I have ADD? Roughly two-thirds of people who experienced ADHD symptoms as a child will continue to experience ADHD symptoms as an adult , though its manifestations tend to shift and change with age. But many people with attention deficit — particularly its inattentive symptoms — are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed as children. They may suffer serious psychological consequences after a lifetime of blaming themselves for ADHD symptoms. If you suspect that you have adult ADHD, contact your medical health-care professional for a diagnosis. Check each of the following statements that apply to you or take the interactive ADHD symptom test for a free, anonymous assessment. I tend to make decisions and act on them impulsively — like spending money, getting sexually involved with someone, diving into new activities, and changing plans. I often get distracted when people are talking; I just tune out or drift off. I get so wrapped up in some things I do that I can hardly stop to take a break or switch to doing something else.