ADULTS CAN HAVE ADHD, TOO!
Seriously? ADHD in Adults?
Everyone used to consider ADHD to be something that only occurs among children. Many professionals even believed that children who had been diagnosed with ADHD would later, eventually, grow out of it. But, we know now that that line of thinking is completely false, and ADHD is something that will span a person’s entire lifetime.
ADHD can even present differently in adults versus children, and therefore, go undiagnosed for long periods of time. ADHD is a persistent pattern of inattention or hyperactivity and impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development. It’s categorized by the number of symptoms in both the attention and the hyperactivity/ impulsivity categories. A person must have at least 6 of these following symptoms, and these symptoms must have persisted for at least six months. And, it has to be to a degree that’s inconsistent with developmental level, and it negatively impacts your social or occupational functioning.
Adult ADHD Checklist
Troubles in Your Work Life
ADHD may be to blame for if you keep bouncing from job to job. Your daily activity performance is disruptive at your workplace. It affects your job meeting, task completion, or being on time. You often fail to pay attention to detail which then can make careless mistake frequently.
Difficulties in Reading
You need a great deal of focus to read a long book. ADHD makes long reading challenging and difficult to finish. This may affect your learning ability and interfere with your educational journey.
Problems in Listening
Listening is critical in communication, especially in relationships, marriage and friendships. With ADHD, you may have troubles in listening to others and may interrupt others as they speak. You also find it difficult to follow conversations. These attention problems can cause you issues not only in your personal life but work life as well.
If untreated, ADHD may cause you to feel distracted very easily while driving. This is important because you become more likely to get into a car accident. If you have repeated accidents or many “almost-got-hits” accidents, you should seek immediate help.
ADHD people more than often seek stimuli that are risky and extreme, such as extreme sports, drug or alcohol abuse, and extramarital affairs. These risky behaviors give you a thrill but may bring you serious and severe consequences.
Feeling Unable to Relax
Restlessness is often seen in people with ADHD. So, if you’re unable to relax, ADHD could be to blame. You feel on edge all the time because of hyperactivity that consumes your energy and causes you stress.
ADHD can cause you anger issues that push you over the edge. You can get easily frustrated and feel angry easily over little problems. If you experience persistent annoyances and frustration, ADHD may be to blame.