ADHD in Adulthood

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ADHD in Adulthood

In the past ADHD, or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder was thought to solely affect children and adolescents. This misinformation was mostly based in the idea that a child simply grows out of ADHD. However, years of research has shown that ADHD follows 30-70% of sufferers into adulthood. It is important to understand that ADHD is not simply misbehaving or being “hyper”, it can be a very complex issue with treatment challenges throughout an individual’s lifetime. It is generally marked by a delay in maturity in the area of self-regulation.

ADHD generally will manifest in an individual as difficulty completing tasks that require focused concentration, hyperactivity, excessive movement or the need to be moving, and impulsivity. Hyperactivity and impulsivity may improve with age and maturity, but inattentiveness generally persists and can be very daunting for the adult. One of the main differences between ADHD in the child and the adult is the presentation of the hyperactivity. A child may exhibit physical hyperactivity frequently when dealing with ADHD, but this can often manifest in adults as verbal hyperactivity.

Another major issue that may arise for the adult with ADHD is the risk among adults for dual diagnoses that ADHD can contribute to. Some of the  major risk factors for the adult with ADHD are antisocial behavior, substance abuse , risky behaviors, academic struggles, and low occupational success. Due to their difficulties throughout life from the ADHD, adults can struggle more to find happiness and success without treatment.

Unfortunately most adults are not diagnosed appropriately until well after their 18th birthday. This can further complicate the management of ADHD, as early intervention is one of the most important components of treatment. The earlier that an individual is diagnosed, generally the more time they have to learn how to handle and manage their disorder.  Due to the social and personal issues that ADHD may cause an individual, they can struggle substantially with relationships, careers, academics, and confidence.

If you feel that you may be struggling with ADHD or need help relating to a loved one who has ADHD please reach out to us today. We have trained counselors and therapists available to help!

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