ADHD in adults
Attention deficit disorder is not just a problem in children. ADHD is a problem with poor attention but also is additionally a problem with moderating emotions and effective self-regulation. Dealing with the demands of everyday life requires self-regulation to develop successful life skills. People with ADHD have problems with self-regulation, which makes difficult managing emotions difficult, so they might respond to small events with excessive behavior and emotion while not noticing more important events.
Adults with ADHD have difficulty following directions, remembering information, concentrating, organizing tasks or completing work within time limits. If these difficulties are not dealt with appropriately, they can cause associated behavioural, emotional, social, vocational and academic problems.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) develops from both genetic inheritance and life experiences and ADHD can continue from childhood into adulthood. Some authors have argued that ADHD develops as an adaptive pattern. Biologically, ADHD is a neurochemical and neuroanatomical disorder.
ADHD is characterized by a long-term history of inattention, impulsiveness and variable amounts of hyperactivity. All of these symptoms are normal human characteristics, so ADHD is not diagnosed solely based on the presence of these normal human behaviors. ADHD is determined by the degree
of these behaviors. People with ADHD have these normal human characteristics to an extreme degree, with a poor ability to easily control them.
- Trouble concentrating and staying focused
- Disorganization and forgetfulness
- Emotional difficulties
- Hyperactivity or restlessness
Here is detailed information on symptoms of ADHD in adults.
Medications are often the first line of treatment for Adults with ADHD. Apart from that, therapy for adults with ADD/ADHD can be helpful for both the emotional issues related to the disorder and practical, day-to-day issues.
- Talk therapy
- Marriage and family therapy
- Cognitive-behavioural therapy
Read in detail about different therapies used to treat ADHD in adults.
ADD/ADHD that is undiagnosed and untreated can cause problems in virtually every area of your life. The wide-reaching effects of ADD/ADHD can lead to embarrassment, frustration, hopelessness, disappointment, and loss of confidence. A diagnosis of adult ADD/ADHD can be an enormous source of relief and hope as now you can work towards controlling it.
- Physical and mental health problems
- Work and financial difficulties
- Relationship problems
Here is additional information on complications of ADHD in adults.