Signs of ADHD in Adults

People tend to associate ADHD more with children than with adults, viewing it as 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.

It is somewhat easier to identify ADHD in children than in adults. Children with ADHD often struggle with school and that struggle does not usually escape the attention of watchful parents and teachers. Adults, on the other hand, may have developed a number of coping mechanisms over the years (not all of them good ones) that camouflage the condition, which may help explain why 85 percent of the ADHD in adults remains undiagnosed and untreated. Adults with undiagnosed, untreated ADHD tend to experience chronic feelings of frustration, shame and unworthiness, somehow always falling short of the goals they have set for themselves without ever understanding why.

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 humiliation, 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.

No matter how old you are, 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 Center we treat ADHD in both children and adults. We revel in the many successful life turnarounds we have had the privilege of witnessing.

“85 percent of the ADHD in adults remains undiagnosed and untreated.”

If you think you might have ADHD, the only way to know for sure, is to get a diagnosis.  At The Hallowell Centers, we 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 location convenient to you.

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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.

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