Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: ADHD in Adults
(www.WebMD.com) ADHD is not an adult-onset disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most well-recognized childhood developmental problems. This condition is characterized by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. It is now known about 60% of children with ADHD continue to have it as adults. That translates into 4% of the US adult population, or 8 million adults. However, few adults are identified or treated for adult ADHD. Adults with ADHD may have difficulty following directions, remembering information, concentrating, organizing tasks or completing work within time limits. If these difficulties are not managed appropriately, they can cause associated behavioral, emotional, social, vocational and academic problems.
Common Behaviors and Problems that may stem directly from ADHD or may be the result of related adjustment difficulties: chronic lateness, forgetfulness, anxiety, low self-esteem, employment problems, difficulty controlling anger, impulsiveness, substance abuse or addiction, poor organization skills, procrastination, low frustration tolerance, chronic boredom, difficulty concentrating when reading, mood swings, depression and relationship problems. These behaviors may be mild to severe and can vary with the situation or be present all of the time. Some adults with ADHD may be able to concentrate if they are interested in or excited about what they are doing. Others may have difficulty focusing under any circumstances. Some adults look for stimulation, but others avoid it. In addition, adults with ADHD can be withdrawn and antisocial, or they can be overly social and unable to be alone. Adults with ADHD may have several impairments such as: school-related, work-related, social-related and relationship-related impairment. Most of the functional impairments diminishes with remission of the disorder and can be controlled by proper treatment.
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