Adult ADHD: You May Have It
Approximately 4 percent of adults are suffering from ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Sadly, most of these individuals are not diagnosed and they don’t have an idea that are actually suffering from it. Another interesting fact about ADHD, is the percentage of children who have this condition will still have it when they reach adulthood.
What is Adult ADHD?
ADHD is one of he most common childhood developmental conditions. The disorder is characterized by in attention, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. Recently, this condition has been known to affect about 60% of adults too. This means that about 4% of adults in the U.S. population or 8 million individuals as a whole. However, the number of individuals diagnosed and treated for adult ADHD.
Adults with this condition have difficulty following given directions. They also find it impossible to remember information and concentrate or organize tasks by themselves in a given time. When the condition is not managed, problems may arise in the following areas: behavioral, emotional, social, vocational and academic. Data reveals that the condition is more prevalent among males during childhood, but the digits even up during adulthood.
Early diagnosis of the problem is essential to mplementing timely interventions. Adults with ADHD usually have lower income rates. Furthermore, these individuals are more prone to experiencing accidents. They were also reported to have higher rates of planned pregnancies and substance abuse. This data is presented b an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Martin W. Wetzel, M.D.
How to know if you have Adult ADHD?
Here are common signs that are observed to people with adult ADHD:
- Restlessness. People with ADHD appear to be having troubles staying calm and relax.
- History of ADHD during childhood. Based on the data published by the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Association, adults who have the same symptoms when they were children are more likely to develop the same problem when they become adults without even realizing it.
- Your child has ADHD. The condition appears to have genetic components too. When a member of the family is identified with the condition, it is more likely because someone in the blood line has it too.
- Relationship troubles. Adults with ADHD, finds it difficult to adjust to the difficulties of a relationship. Because of inattentiveness, existing relationships can easily be sabotaged as these adults tend to appear self-centered.
- Kings or Queens of Procrastination. Because of having a hard time focusing on something, these adults tend to be always in marathon with deadlines and schedules.
- Adventurous. These people are drawn to stimulating or attention-grabbing activities such as gambling, extramarital affairs and fast driving. This behavior of affected individuals can be directed to good activities such as parasailing and safe high-adventure outlets.
- Frequently misplace things. People with ADHD has an underpowered state of consciousness which results to not paying attention on a memory or event.
- Employment problems. Most adults with this condition have a difficult time surviving the boredom brought about by the routines of a job. Hence, some of them skips from one job to another.
- Quick anger. Another sign of ADHD is the intense expression of anger for a period of time but becomes completely over it after a few minutes. Their emotions are quite unstable.
- Easily distracted
- Low self-esteem
- Chronic boredom
- Low tolerance to frustration
- Unstable moood
- Substance abuse a d cigarette smoking