What is Adult ADHD?

ADHD is an inherited, neurological disorder that affects approximately 3-7% of children. But what happens when those kids grow up? Do they ever “grow out” of their distractibility, impulsive behavior, and restlessness? Many people develop successful strategies to cope with their symptoms over time, which allows them to live free from the impairments that result from an attention deficit. However, research shows that as many as 7% of adults still meet criteria for the diagnosis of ADHD.

There are a few ways in which ADHD differs in adulthood, most of which are related to way the symptoms impact daily life for adults. Specifically, adults with ADHD may struggle to properly manage their time, commitments, or important documents. Conversations can be difficult, especially in larger groups. These symptoms lead to conflict in interpersonal or intimate relationships, which often exacerbates the symptoms of attention deficit.

Adults with ADHD may also struggle with sitting still and working for long periods of time without breaks. They often experience trouble at work as a result of these symptoms and may often change jobs or feel unhappy in their current job.

Learn more about managing ADHD in your work environment.

Sources: DSM-IV, Nat’l Resource Center for ADHD