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Diagnosing ADHD in adults can be difficult.  Many adults aren’t aware that they have ADHD …..they just feel challenged by everyday tasks.   Some adults discover ADHD symptoms in themselves when their child is diagnosed with the disorder. 
Others may have struggled with symptoms in childhood, but without proper diagnosis.


Adult Attention-Deficit Disorder and Adult Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder


A diagnosis of Adult ADDADHD may offer adults insight into their behaviors and allow patients to become more aware and
seek help with coping and treatment strategies. There is controversy amongst some experts on whether ADHD persists into
adulthood. Recognized as occurring in adults in 1978, it is currently not addressed separately from ADHD in childhood. Obstacles that clinicians face when assessing adults who may have ADHD include developmentally inappropriate diagnostic criteria, age-related changes, co-morbidities and the possibility that high intelligence or situational factors can mask Adult ADD ADHD.

Adults with ADHD may have difficulty following:
•    Directions
•    Remembering information
•    Concentrating
•    Organizing tasks
•    Completing work within time limits
•    Speaking very quickly and tumbling over words
•    Switching from subject to subject sometimes in mid-sentence
•    Misplacing or losing things
•    Impatience with frustrations or waiting, such as while driving or waiting in lines

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Treatment for adults with AD/HD also involves a comprehensive approach. This usually means a team approach works best. The team includes not only the adult with AD/HD, but also healthcare professionals, a spouse/significant other, and others in the adult’s immediate family.
Adults can benefit from learning to structure their environment as well as from vocational counseling. Short or long-term psychotherapy
can also help. Medication may also be part of the treatment to improve the symptoms of AD/HD, as many adults report that this helps
them gain more control and organization in their lives.

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Adult ADD ADHD is found more frequently in males than females and may include one, some or many of the following symptoms that may be present part or all of the time:
    •     Anxiety
    •     Chronic boredom
    •     Chronic lateness and forgetfulness
    •     Depression
    •     Difficulty concentrating when reading
    •     Difficulty controlling anger
    •     Employment problems
    •     Impulsiveness
    •     Low frustration tolerance
    •     Low self-esteem
    •     Mood swings
    •     Poor organization skills.
    •     Procrastination.
    •     Relationship problems
    •     Substance abuse or addiction

Researchers agree that ADHD is not an adult-onset disorder has to be verified. An assessment of Adult ADD ADHD symptoms and behavior
from childhood may include any or all of the following for Adult ADD ADHD:
    •     A questionnaire to determine if the adult had ADHD in childhood.
    •     School report cards, if available, to look for comments about behavior problems, poor focus, lack of effort
           or underachievement relative to the student's potential.
    •     Discussion with the parents to determine any symptoms during childhood.
    •     A complete history from the adult with the symptoms. He or she may self-report symptoms in childhood.
    •     The developmental history would be consistent with Adult ADD ADHD, including evidence of problems with peers, other delays
           such as bed wetting, school failure, suspensions, or special interventions such as sitting in front of the class, etc.

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                            [For the purposes of simplicity we will primarily use the term ADHD (which is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.  However much of the information included in this text will include ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) which is obviously not characterized by hyperactivity.]

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 Researchers found that 60% of the children diagnosed with ADHD,   continue having symptoms well into adulthood. This compensates for eight million adults in the United States. Many adults, however, remain untreated. Untreated adults with ADHD often have chaotic lifestyles, may appear to be disorganized and may rely on non-prescribed drugs and alcohol to get by.  They often have such associated psychiatric co-morbidities as depression, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, or a learning disability.