Adult ADHD Symptoms

Adult ADHD symptoms have varying degrees of intensity which can abruptly change depending on the situation. Different adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder will exhibit some of the predominant symptoms, which assist in diagnosing ADHD in adults while others will reveal sensitivity to another set of less visible symptoms.

Approximately 3% to 4% of children under the age of eighteen have been formally diagnosed with ADHD, with 60% retaining the disorder into early and middle adulthood. Researchers have discovered that men are more likely to suffer from ADHD than women, but have not conclusively found an answer to the neurological causes behind this detail. However, when adulthood is reached, it seems that numbers of of women with ADHD eventually evens out with the number of adult men with ADHD. If you think you may have ADHD, you can perform an ADHD self-test by objectively applying your life-style and past issues to the list below.

Symptoms of Adult ADHD

While many adult ADHD symptoms are very similar to those found in childhood hyperactivity disorder, they will affect aspects of an adult's life which the child has not accessed yet, therefore making them seem different when, in fact, they really aren't. Some of these symptoms include:

Anger Managemant Issues
  • Forgetfulness and lack of focus
  • Depression and chronic anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Employment problems stemming from impulse control difficulties
  • Anger management issues
  • Addiction to alcohol, drugs and/or sex
  • Extreme procrastination
  • Sense of boredom causing reckless behavior
  • Relationship difficulties/divorcing more than twice

As a child, the adult with ADHD may have been considered an "underachiever" in school, as one of those who could have done much better if they had "applied" themselves. They may also have had a long record of disciplinary actions taken by their school, or even eventually dropped out.

It appears that diagnosing ADHD in adults is an easier task because of the natural inclination for most children to experience stages of rebelliousness, mood swings during adolescence and experimentation with illegal substances. This kind of behavior is usually viewed as something that the child "will grow out of" when he or she matures into a young adult.

Other Common Behavioral Traits of Adults with ADHD

Research into adult ADHD symptoms has revealed some shared characteristics among women and men. Among them are:

  • Tendency to occupy a lower socioeconomic status (no doubt due to employment issues)
  • May have numerous driving violations relating to speeding and reckless driving
  • Use illegal substances in an attempt to self-medicate
  • Compulsively smoke cigarettes
  • May exhibit co-dependency behavior in relationships
  • Display histrionic behavior in certain, stressful situations

Effects of these ADHD indicators can lead to a sense of chronic aggravation, low self-esteem, and a sense of desperation and wanting to escape from the sometimes embarrassing ADHD-related situations the in which the sufferer may find himself. Diagnosing adults with ADHD can be a relief to both patient and doctor because now they both have something tangible to work with and understand.

Help For Adults with ADHD Symptoms

Adult ADHD symptoms can be successfully managed with medication, participating in ADHD support groups and benefiting from adherence to a predictable and sustained schedule. ADHD sufferers require deadlines which are flexible and not set in stone, since procrastination and inability to immediately become focused is hard for them. Allowing an ADHD sufferer to participate in creative rather than "by-the-book" activities seems to lessen the sense of anxiety they feel when knowing that are being expected to perform in a certain way.

Some adults who are considered high-functioning ADHD sufferers are able to sustain a sufficient amount of organizational skills which allow them to successfully work for small business where they can sidestep a demanding and time-oriented job and find a more creative outlet for the positive aspects of their ADHD.


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