Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) In Adulthood

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is characterized by the presence of one or more of the following symptoms:

  • hyperactivity
  • impulsivity
  • inattention

Commonly diagnosed during childhood and early adolescence, ADHD causes significant impairment for youngsters in academic and social settings. Several studies are available for the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD but scarce information is available concerning the course of the disorder in adulthood.

A common misconception of ADHD is that children or adolescents diagnosed with the disorder “grow out” of it during adulthood.

Hyperactivity and impulsivity are most common descriptors of child and adolescent ADHD but these symptoms have been found to subside in adulthood. Inattention becomes more pronounced and impairments in social and occupational functioning carry much more consequences.

Performing organized tasks for the traditional eight hour work day requires significant amount of mental focus in the American workplace.

Sustaining such focus is difficult for adults suffering from ADHD.

Consequences are more severe with the absence of structured activities such as sports and schooling lead t poor organizational skills and increase likelihood of dissatisfaction with occupation and social relationships.

Not only does their work performance and work relationships suffer, the consequences of poor performance pour into personal lives causing financial strain, preoccupation with work duties, and unintentional neglect of family are some potential consequences of untreated adult ADHD.

70% of adults with ADHD were diagnosed with the disorder in childhood and early adolescence.

Adults with ADHD are prone to the development of other psychological disorders such as anxiety, depression, and substance abuse if untreated.

The adult will need to be educated on how to cope and deal with above symptoms in order to be able to maintain a productive life in and outside of work and social life.

It is a constant battle and the disorder will not be cured but knowing enough will help the individual accomplish anything.

Persistence and resilience is key.