Many people don’t associate ADHD with adults. They think it is simply a disorder affecting children only. ADHD actually affects many adults and if you were diagnosed in childhood, it is possible that you still have some of the symptoms. It is also very probable that many adults have ADHD, which was not diagnosed at an earlier time.
Understanding the symptoms and the solutions may prove to be very beneficial. Realizing why you act or react to events on your daily life can greatly help improve your state of mind and quality of life.
There is a huge variety of symptoms for adult ADHD and they may affect everything from your career to your personal relationships.
Becoming educated on the topic is the first step. After you acknowledge and understand the challenges, you will be able to start recognizing and taking advantage of your strong points while learning how to cope and compensate for any weaknesses.
For any adult, life can seem to be one continuous balancing act. We all feel overwhelmed and disorganized sometimes; however, if you find yourself struggling to be punctual, constantly forgetting things, completely disorganized and overwhelmed by your responsibilities, you may have ADHD.
Understanding ADHD in Adults
Many adults go life undiagnosed and resign themselves to thinking “this is just me; this is just my unorganized way of living.”
Many adults who have ADHD have been labelled as a dreamer, a troublemaker, a slacker or someone who goofs off. Many, sadly have low self-esteem because they grew up feeling or being called “stupid,” and got into trouble for talking too much or seeming not to pay attention.
Symptoms of ADHD in Adults
Many of us associate hyperactivity, disorganization or inability to concentrate with ADHD. In adulthood, some of this restless behavior may also present itself in forms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, anxiety, and/or an inability to calm the mind.
These behaviors are all representative of constant engagement with little respite, and feeling unable to switch off or relax without resorting to drugs or medication. Because of this stress is also common. ADHD symptoms may also show as having low self-esteem, difficulty controlling anger, depression and mood swings.
Patients may have difficulty in keeping long term relationships whether in their personal life or at work. They can easily get frustrated and bored with their life and always be searching for something more.
They may develop anxiety problems and are prone to different forms of addiction, such as alcohol. They have difficulty finding and especially keeping a job and can’t stay in one place of employment for any length of time. The grass always looks greener over the fence. New jobs quickly become unsatisfying and fault found with bosses and coworkers.
Myths and Facts Regarding ADD / ADHD in Adults
There is a common misconception that adult ADHD is no more than a lack of willpower. Some feel that those with ADHD could focus on their tasks if they really wanted to apply themselves.
The line of thinking is that as we all show some of these symptoms at some point, that anyone who tried hard enough could overcome them if they wanted to. This is a simplistic attitude to a problem that can be very complex.
ADHD can affect anyone, regardless of their intelligence level.
ADHD when left untreated may lead to increasing emotional, psychological, and social problems, therefore, some form of treatment, whether it be medication, management or therapy will be helpful. Anyone who shows chronic symptoms should seek diagnosis, instead of letting these symptoms detract from their quality of life.