Signs of ADHD in Adults
People tend to associate Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) more with children than with adults. They think that ADHD is a condition that will ultimately go away. However, statistics show that many children continue to have ADHD well into adulthood. In fact, an estimated 60 percent of children who have ADHD continue to have it into adulthood.
Adults with ADHD
For instance, it is somewhat easier to identify ADHD in children than in adults. Children with ADHD often struggle with school. Their struggle does not usually escape the attention of watchful parents and teachers. On the other hand, adults may have developed a number of coping mechanisms over the years (not all of them good ones) that camouflage the condition. This may help explain why 85 percent of the ADHD in adults remains undiagnosed and untreated.
Moreover, adults with undiagnosed, untreated ADHD tend to experience:
- chronic feelings of frustration, and
- shame and unworthiness.
They somehow always fall short of the goals they have set for themselves without ever understanding why.
Finally, adults with ADHD frequently suffer from co-existing conditions like depression or some sort of anxiety disorder. That is because growing up with undiagnosed, untreated ADHD often leads to numerous episodes of:
- rejection and
- failure over the years, which end up taking their toll.
In many cases, adults with ADHD also suffer from addictions – like alcoholism, drug abuse, excessive gambling, and sexual addiction. The good news is that when you finally treat the ADHD, these other conditions usually get somewhat better as well.
ADHD affects all ages
No matter how old you are, (even the elderly) if you have ADHD without knowing it, you are missing out on a world of opportunities. The diagnosis of ADHD marks the start of better times ahead. At The Hallowell Centers we treat ADHD in both children and adults. We revel in the many successful life turnarounds we have had the privilege of witnessing.
“Up to 85 percent of adults have ADHD and remain undiagnosed and untreated.”
Most importantly, if you think you might have ADHD, the only way to know for sure, is to get a diagnosis. The Hallowell Centers offer a variety of diagnostic and assessment tools to help us evaluate and understand your specific needs. Getting started is easy. Simply request a 15 minute telephone inquiry with our new patient specialist at a Hallowell Center location convenient to you.
Read one woman’s “aha” moment about adult ADHD in ADDitude Magazine’s article, “There’s No Way I could Have ADHD. Right?“
Click HERE for Dr. Hallowell’s 12 Practical Tips for Managing Adult ADHD.
Click HERE for Dr. Hallowell’s blog post on ADHD and Anger.
- Defining ADHD
- ADHD: The Gender Issue and Girls
- Dr. Hallowell Books on ADHD
- ADHD and Teens
- Diagnosing ADHD
- Symptoms of ADHD
- Treating ADHD
- Signs of ADHD in Adults
- Signs of ADHD in Children
- ADHD Myths and Facts
- Top 10 Questions on ADHD
- ADHD for Parents
- ADHD Family Summer Camp
- Essential Attitudes Developed in Childhood
- ADHD & Relationships
- ADHD for Teachers
- ADHD: The Heredity Factor
- ADHD Resources
- ADHD & Work
Adults with undiagnosed, untreated ADHD tend to experience chronic feelings of frustration, shame and unworthiness. If you're experiencing these feelings, getting a diagnosis is the first step to learning how to manage your ADHD . Click here to schedule an appointment at a Hallowell Center near you.