You may think that only children can be hyperactive, impulsive and have trouble paying attention, which are the symptoms of ADHD. Actually, adults can have it too, but few are diagnosed and treated for it; some people are not diagnosed when they are young and find out later in their lives. Some ADHD kids outgrow it but many can still have it as adults.
Adult ADHD affects men and women equally and people with it find it hard to: concentrate, follow directions, remember information and organize their tasks. This of course causes troubles at home, school and work, but there are ways to manage ADHD, develop personal strength and achieve success.
As a matter of fact, people with adult ADHD face many problems such as: chronic boredom, depression, anxiety, chronic forgetfulness, trouble concentrating, trouble managing anger, low self- esteem, impulsiveness, relationship problems, mood swings, procrastination and many others.
Not all people with adult ADHD are exactly the same; some may be able to concentrate if they are interested or excited bout what they are doing, but others have trouble concentrating at all times. Some can be antisocial and withdrawn while others can be the exact opposite.
ADHD can cause trouble at school leading to repeating a grade or dropping out of school, and at work it can cause changing jobs a lot, being less happy and bad performance. ADHD adults usually have their licenses suspended, use drugs or alcohol as a mean to deal with their depression and anxiety and they get divorced more often.
Diagnosis is the first step for treatment, and it is important to find a psychiatrist with experience in diagnosing and treating ADHD; the doctor more likely will ask for a physical exam to make sure there are no other medical problems causing the symptoms and he will run psychological testing.