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12 Signs of Adult ADHD

Symptoms of Adult 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 estimates numbers are even higher in smaller community samples. On
top of that, many adults have ADHD but have never been diagnosed.

Untreated
ADHD can cause numerous mental and physical problems that can put a strain on relationships and cause difficulties in many aspects of
everyday life. It’s important to recognize the signs of
adult ADHD so you can get proper treatment. Keep reading to learn about the symptoms.

Lack of Focus

Possibly
the most telltale sign of ADHD, “lack of focus” goes beyond difficulty paying
attention. It means being easily distracted, finding it hard to listen to
others in a conversation, overlooking details, and not completing tasks or
projects. The flip side to that is hyperfocus. 

Hyperfocus

While
people with ADHD are often easily distractible, the flip side of the coin is
called hyperfocus. A person with ADHD can be so engrossed in
something that they can ignore anything else around them. This kind of focus
makes it easier to lose track of time, ignore those around you, and cause
relationship misunderstandings. 

Disorganization

Life
can seem chaotic for everyone at times. But someone with ADHD experiences a
more hectic life on a regular basis. This can make it difficult to keep
everything in its right place. A person with ADHD may struggle with these
organizational skills:

  • time management
  • keeping track of tasks
  • prioritizing in a logical
    manner
  • timeliness

Forgetfulness

It’s
human to forget things occasionally. But for someone with ADHD, forgetfulness
is an everyday part of life. This includes routinely forgetting where you’ve
put something or important dates. Some can be menial. Others can be serious.
The bottom line is that forgetfulness can be damaging to careers and relationships because it can be confused with carelessness
or lack of intelligence.

Impulsivity

Impulsiveness
in someone with ADHD can manifest in several ways:

  • interrupting others during
    conversation
  • being socially inappropriate
  • rushing through tasks
  • acting without much
    consideration to the consequences

A
person’s shopping habits are often a good indication of ADHD. Impulse buying,
especially on items they can’t afford, is a common symptom of adult ADHD.

Emotional Problems

Life
with ADHD can seem chaotic, as though your emotions are on a constantly
up-and-down journey. You can easily become bored and go looking for excitement
on a whim. Small frustrations can seem intolerable or bring on depression and
mood swings.

Untreated
emotional problems can have a polarizing effect, which can add complications to
personal and professional relationships. 

Poor Self-Image

Adults
with ADHD are often hypercritical of themselves. This can lead to a poor self-image. This is due in part to their inability to concentrate and other
symptoms that may cause problems in
school,
work, or relationships. They may view these difficulties as personal failures
or underachievement, which can cause them to see themselves in a negative
light.

Lack of Motivation

While
you might be open to doing everything at once, you also may feel unmotivated.
This is a problem commonly seen in children with ADHD who often can’t focus on schoolwork. It can also happen with adults. Coupled with
procrastination and poor organizational skills, it may be difficult for an
adult with ADHD to finish a project because they can’t focus for long periods
of time. 

Restlessness and Anxiety

As
an adult with ADHD, you may feel like your motor can’t
shut off. Your yearning to keep moving and doing things can lead to frustration
when you can’t do something immediately. This leads to restlessness, which can
lead to frustrations and anxiety. Anxiety is a very common symptom of
adult ADHD, as the mind tends to replay worrisome events repeatedly.

Health Problems

Impulsivity,
lack of motivation, emotional problems, and disorganization can lead a person
with ADHD to neglect their health. This can be seen through compulsive
poor eating, neglecting exercise, or forgoing important medication. Anxiety
and stress negatively affect health, so without good habits, the negative
effects of ADHD can make other symptoms worse. 

Relationship Issues

An
adult with ADHD often has trouble in relationships, whether they are
professional, romantic, or platonic. The traits of talking over people in
conversation, inattentiveness, and easily being bored can be draining on
relationships as a person can come across as insensitive, irresponsible, or
uncaring.

Other Symptoms

Other
common traits among adults with ADHD include:

  • changing employers often
  • few personal or work-related achievements
  • higher use of alcohol, tobacco,
    and drugs
  • repeated patterns of
    relationship issues, including divorce

What’s Next?

Adults
with ADHD can find solutions to overcome the
difficulties of their condition. Getting organized, sticking with plans, and
finishing what you started can begin with cognitive behavioral therapy or by meeting
with a professional organizer. 

It’s
important to learn how to manage stress, eat right, and get enough sleep regularly so that your
body is best equipped to handle challenges.

Posted by: Dr.Health

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