Adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health disorder that includes a combination of persistent problems, such as difficulty paying attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behaviour. In adults, it can lead to unstable relationships, poor work or educational performance, low self-esteem, and other mental health problems such as depression and substance misuse.
Whilst there is no definitive list of adult ADHD symptoms, by their mid 20s up to 15% of adults who were diagnosed with childhood ADHD still have problematic symptoms with >50% of these adults still experiencing considerable disruption to their daily lives with problems of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity.
Inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness affect adults in very different ways from the way they affect children. 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.
Features of inattention include difficulty sustaining attention in meetings, reading and with paperwork, making careless errors, being easily distracted and forgetful, having a poor concentration, difficulty finishing tasks and being disorganised and frequently misplacing items.
Features of hyperactivity may include inefficiencies at work, internal restlessness, with difficulty sitting through meetings, working more than one job with long hours, self-selecting very active jobs, feeling overwhelmed and frequently talking excessively.
Features of impulsivity may include impulsive job changes, driving too fast, frequently interrupting others and becoming easily frustrated.
Adult ADHD treatment includes medications, psychological counselling (psychotherapy) and treatment for any mental health conditions that occur along with ADHD.
If you think you may have Adult ADHD then contact me for a more detailed assessment and overview of treatment options.