ADHD – it doesn’t just affect children

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects about 5 percent of children and roughly half of them will carry those symptoms into adulthood. In addition to that percentage, many adults have ADHD that has never been diagnosed. Getting a diagnosis as adult is very important: studies show that adults with ADHD tend to have lower incomes, a higher rate of unplanned pregnancies, and substance abuse issues. Here potential signs and symptoms of adult ADHD.

Lack of Focus
This is the telltale sign of ADHD. Someone with ADHD would have trouble paying attention in meetings, listening to others in conversation and be easily knocked off task. Not completing projects and missing details is common.

Disorganization/Trouble Prioritizing
People with adult ADHD prioritize poorly, often failing to accomplish goals, meet deadlines, and keeping track of tasks. Time management, as well as timeliness, are also problems.

Reckless Driving and Accidents
Having ADHD makes it hard to stay on task, so keeping eyes on the road can be difficult. Adult ADHD makes people more likely to speed and have traffic accidents.

Relationship Issues
Being easily distracted or inattentive—symptoms of ADHD—can hurt relationships with family, and friends. The partners of people with ADHD can believe that poor listening skills and the inability to follow through are signs of complacency and selfishness.

Procrastination
Because it is hard for someone with ADHD to focus, often he or she will avoid an issue, deadline or project altogether.

Tardiness
As mentioned, adults with ADHD are easily distracted, which can prevent them from arriving to events, work and other obligations on time.

Emotional Problems
Living with ADHD is chaotic, and the constant chaos can wear emotionally. Since relationships are often negatively affected by ADHD, many people experience depression and anxiety.

Health Problems
Because those with ADHD struggle with keeping schedules and motivation, they are more likely to make poor eating choices, forget medication and neglect exercise.

If you think you have adult ADHD, make an appointment to be examined by a trained professional. Cognitive behavioral therapy and appropriate medications may help you to getting and staying organized. Getting help is essential for managing time, health and relationships.

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