Attention Deficit with/or without Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Adults

Symptoms in adults may be different than those expressed by children. These differences may be the result of ADHD or behavioral issues, or both,

        Symptoms include:

  • chronic lateness and forgetfulness

  • low self-esteem

  • employment problems

  • difficulty controlling anger

  • impulsiveness

  • substance abuse or addiction

  • poor organizational skills

  • procrastination

  • low frustration tolerance

  • chronic boredom

  • difficulty concentrating when reading

  • mood swings

  • relationship problems

  • anxiety

  • depression

 

Attention Deficit with/or without Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Children

These symptoms are generally groups into three categories: Inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness

  1.   Inattention

  • is easily distracted

  • does not follow directions or finish tasks

  • does not appear to be listening when someone is speaking

  • does not pay attention and makes careless mistakes

  • is forgetful about daily activities

  • has problems organizing daily tasks

  • avoids or dislikes activities that require sitting still or a sustained effort

  • often loses things, including personal items

  • has a tendency to daydream

2.  Hyperactivity

  • often squirms, fidgets, or bounces when sitting

  • does not stay seated as expected

  • has difficulty playing quietly

  • is always moving, such as running or climbing on things (in teens and adults, this is more commonly described as a sense of restlessness)

  • talks excessively

3.  Impulsivity

  • has difficulty waiting for his or her turn

  • blurts out answers before the question has been completely asked

  • often interrupts others

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