Symptoms of adult ADHD can vary greatly from one person to another. Symptoms can also be different than they were during childhood. This can often make it more difficult to diagnose someone with ADHD in their adult life. Those familiar with the childhood symptoms of ADHD might not be able to recognize the different symptoms associated with adult ADHD.
Childhood Vs Adult ADHD
- HYPERACTIVITY. Hyperactivity is not as common of a symptom for adults with ADHD; however, it can still be a problem. Childhood hyperactivity may now feel like being overwhelmed, or having uncontrollable arousal. It may also display itself through excessive talking.
- IMPULSIVENESS. Being impulsive, as a child, may make you feel irritable or get angry quickly as an adult. You may also say rude or insulting thing without being able to control it.
- INATTENTIVENESS. Inattentiveness, as a child, may now feel like you do not have the ability to concentrate on simple tasks as an adult. One common symptom of someone with adult ADHD is difficulty in their social life. Difficulty solving marriage issues, family violence, and the ability to parent are often associated with adult ADHD.
Adult ADHD Signs
If you have ADHD you may have trouble keeping a job because you have poor time management skills, or are too forgetful. Poor time management can also make it difficult to juggle your family life and work life. Money problems may also be a sign of adult ADHD. Since people with the disorder often are disorganized and procrastinate; they often have financial troubles. Adults with ADHD often forget to pay their bills, are not able to save money, are impulsive shoppers, and are not able to keep within a budget. Often times, ADHD goes untreated in adults because they have another illness that accompanies it. Depression or anxiety is often treated, but the symptoms of ADHD are not. To have a successful treatment, all should be treated at the same time.
Gender specific ADHD symptoms
There are several sign of adult ADHD that are only found in women. Women might feel they need to do things perfect, in order to feel good about themselves. Women may also feel they need to do things twice as good as a man would do, in order to get respect. Symptoms of ADHD may also be exaggerated during menopause.
How to treat adult ADHD
Whether you are a woman or a man suffering from ADHD, there is hope. There are several things you can do to treat adult ADHD. Educating yourself about the disorder is a good first step to help recognize what you can do to help yourself. There are a variety of simple things you can do to make your life with ADHD easier. Making lists of tasks and using detailed schedules can help you with planning. Eliminating clutter from your home or workplace can help you to stay focused on everyday tasks. Allowing yourself extra time to complete tasks can also be very helpful.