Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, has the connotation of being a condition impacting children and teenagers. But adults have it, too.
Adult ADHD is a disorder that can make life difficult and stressful to navigate. It includes persistent problems like difficulty paying attention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior. It can cause trouble with relationships and, if unmanaged, can significantly impact the quality of life.
The symptoms in adults may not always be as clear as they are in children. Adults who had ADHD as children may display less hyperactivity, for example, but show higher degrees of impulsivity, restlessness, and struggle to pay attention.
Adult ADHD symptoms can interfere with daily life in a number of ways. ADHD can cause a hard time focusing and prioritizing, which may lead to missed appointments and deadlines. It can also lead to an inability to control impulses that can range from impatience waiting in line or driving to heavy mood swings and angry outburst.
Some of the common symptoms of adult ADHD include:
- Disorganization and problems prioritizing
- Poor time management skills
- Trouble focusing on a task
- Excessive activity or restlessness
- Poor planning
- Low frustration tolerance
- Frequent mood swings
- Problems following through and completing tasks
- Difficulty coping with stress
A diagnosis requires screenings by a doctor, and treatment methods include medication and psychological counseling.
There are also some ways you may be able to help manage symptoms at home. Some of the ways you may be able to ease the symptoms of adult ADHD include:
- Making a list of tasks to accomplish each day
- Breaking down tasks into more manageable steps, possibly using a checklist
- Writing notes to yourself on sticky pads
- Carrying a notebook or using an electronic device to remind you of tasks
- Creating and following a consistent routine
- Asking for help