Life can be a balancing act for any adult, but if you find yourself constantly late, disorganized, forgetful, and overwhelmed by your responsibilities, you may have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD , previously known as ADD. ADHD affects many adults, and its wide variety of frustrating symptoms can hinder everything from your relationships to your career. ADHD often goes unrecognized throughout childhood. This was especially common in the past, when very few people were aware of it.
Do I Have ADD? ADHD Symptoms in Adults: Checklist and Tests
Adult ADHD can lead to unstable relationships, poor work or school performance, low self-esteem, and other problems. Though it's called adult ADHD , symptoms start in early childhood and continue into adulthood. In some cases, ADHD is not recognized or diagnosed until the person is an adult. In adults, hyperactivity may decrease, but struggles with impulsiveness, restlessness and difficulty paying attention may continue.
Do I have ADD? Roughly two-thirds of people who experienced ADHD symptoms as a child will continue to experience ADHD symptoms as an adult , though its manifestations tend to shift and change with age. But many people with attention deficit — particularly its inattentive symptoms — are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed as children. They may suffer serious psychological consequences after a lifetime of blaming themselves for ADHD symptoms. If you suspect that you have adult ADHD, contact your medical health-care professional for a diagnosis.
This integrative literature review examines the complexity of diagnosing attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD in adults with regard to the presence of symptoms and comorbidities common to mood, anxiety and other disorders. In adults, symptoms are often masked by the patient's learned compensatory mechanisms. Misdiagnosis, and subsequent treatment, can moderate common symptoms without relieving the core difficulties of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. This review was conducted to identify methods of improving diagnostic clarity. The literature reveals the importance of evaluating both retrospective and current symptoms and impairments in the context of the individual's life.