Introduction to Adult ADHD
Adulthood is probably the most exciting part of a person’s life. Why? This is the stage where we find a stable job, we enter the peak of our career, and live the life we have been dreaming of when we were still kids. This is also the time when, most of us would find our perfectly imperfect partners and would start building a life with them. Some of us would then start having kids, and watching them grow up is the most fulfilling work when building families. Others may not want these things and would focus instead on their hassle free careers. Either way, adulthood is just great, no matter how you spend it.
But what happens if your dream life isn’t what you have right now? You often go to work late, you are easily distracted, you constantly forget a lot of things, and your responsibilities kind of beat you, then you might be having what we call adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Seems unlikely? It isn’t actually.
ADHD is often neglected as a disorder among children exhibiting the symptoms. Older people may just credit it to being naughty and unruly. Chances are these children will grow up having this disorder, without receiving proper treatment. The worst scenario would be you will manifest the symptoms more when your responsibilities are increased. When demands on you capabilities rise, your condition would also worsen.
I AM AN ADULT, HOW CAN THIS BE?
As much as we would like to claim that this disorder is just for children, we cannot do so for recent studies have shown that the number of adults with ADHD is increasing. This is because nowadays, we are beginning to be aware of the disorders that affect adults that are often neglected. It is quite difficult to diagnose because it is way different than what we see in children.
While children with ADHD show inattention, hyperactivity and impulsiveness, adults with the same disorder have different signs and symptoms. These may be difficulty concentrating, poor organizational attitude, being hard up in following instructions, and inability to finish an assigned job within the deadlines. These are but a few symptoms of adult ADHD.
Recent statistics claim that around 1% to 5% of adults are currently suffering from this disorder. On the other hand, 60% of children continue to manifest the symptoms until adulthood. This would account to about 4 % of adults in the United States and it is roughly around 8 million.
Adult ADHD costs a person a lot of problems. Not only will you be having a difficulty finding a job, but it would affect your overall personality as well. Low self-esteem is often a problem of these patients. These can turn into substance abuse and depression, straining your relationships with other people especially your family. And that’s worst problem - watching your family member succumb into such problems.