What is ADHD?
Adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health condition characterised by a number of chronic issues, including trouble paying attention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behaviour. Adult ADHD can cause shaky relationships, poor work or school performance, low self-esteem, and a variety of other issues.
Despite the fact that it’s labelled adult ADHD, symptoms begin in childhood and last throughout maturity. ADHD is not often identified or diagnosed until a person is an adult. Adult ADHD symptoms may not be as obvious as children’s ADHD symptoms. Hyperactivity in adults may lessen, but impulsivity, restlessness, and difficulties paying focus may persist.
Adult ADHD treatment is comparable to childhood ADHD treatment. Medication, psychological counselling (psychotherapy), and treatment for any other mental health disorders that occur alongside ADHD are all part of adult ADHD treatment.
What are ADHD Symptoms?
While some persons with ADHD experience fewer symptoms as they become older, others continue to have significant symptoms that interfere with daily life. Adults with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, being impulsive, and being restless. The severity of the symptoms can vary.
Many people with ADHD aren’t even aware that they have it; all they know is that regular chores are difficult for them. Adults with ADHD may have trouble focusing and prioritising, which can lead to missed deadlines and forgotten meetings or social activities. The inability to manage impulses can manifest itself in a variety of ways, from irritation when waiting in line or driving in traffic to mood swings and angry outbursts.
Adult ADHD symptoms may include:
- Poor time management skills
- Problems following through and completing tasks
- Problems focusing on a task
- Frequent mood swings
- Trouble coping with stress
- Low frustration tolerance
- Disorganisation and problems prioritising
- Trouble multitasking
- Excessive activity or restlessness
- Poor planning
- Hot temper
What does ADHD behaviour look like?
Almost everyone gets ADHD-like symptoms at some point in their lives. If your problems are new or have only happened sporadically in the past, you are unlikely to have ADHD. Only when symptoms are strong enough to cause issues in more than one area of your life is ADHD diagnosed. These bothersome symptoms can be traced all the way back to childhood.
Because certain ADHD symptoms are similar to those caused by other conditions, such as anxiety or mood disorders, diagnosing ADHD in adults can be difficult. Many adults with ADHD also suffer from another mental health problem, such as depression or anxiety.
When to see a Counsellor or Psychologist for ADHD?
If any of the symptoms listed above continually disrupt your life, talk to a counsellor or psychologist about how you can live your best life with ADHD.
What Are The Causes of ADHD?
Despite the fact that the specific cause of ADHD is unknown, research attempts continue. The following are some of the factors that may play a role in the development of ADHD:
- Problems during development – Problems with the central nervous system at critical stages of development could be a factor.
- Genetics – ADHD can run in families, and research suggests that genes may be involved.
- Environmental – Certain environmental variables, such as childhood lead exposure, may also raise risk.
What Risk Factors Are Associated With ADHD?
Risk of ADHD may increase if:
- A person was born prematurely.
- A person has blood relatives, such as a parent or sibling, with ADHD or another mental health disorder.
- A persons mother smoked, drank alcohol or used drugs during pregnancy.
- As a child, you were exposed to environmental toxins — such as lead, found mainly in paint and pipes in older buildings.
What Are ADHD Complications?
ADHD can make life difficult for you. ADHD has been linked to:
- Poor school or work performance
- Poor self-image
- Suicide attempts
- Alcohol or other substance misuse
- Frequent car accidents or other accidents
- Unstable relationships
- Poor physical and mental health
- Financial problems
- Trouble with the law
What coexisting Mental Health Conditions are linked with ADHD?
Although ADHD does not cause other psychological or developmental issues, it is common for other conditions to coexist with ADHD, making treatment more difficult.
Coexisting conditions linked with ADHD:
- Mood Disorders – Depression, bipolar disorder, or another mood disorder affects many individuals with ADHD. While mood problems aren’t always caused by ADHD, a pattern of failures and frustrations caused by ADHD can exacerbate depression.
- Anxiety Disorders –Anxiety issues are common among individuals with ADHD. Anxiety disorders can manifest itself in the form of excessive concern, uneasiness, and other symptoms. Anxiety can be exacerbated by the difficulties and setbacks that are associated with ADHD.
- Other Psychiatric Disorders –Other psychiatric problems, such as personality disorders, intermittent explosive disorder (IED), and substance use disorders, are more common in adults with ADHD.
- Learning Disabilities –Adults with ADHD may perform poorly on academic tests despite their age, IQ, and education. Learning deficiencies can cause difficulties with comprehension and communication.
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