From fidget spinners to natural medication alternatives, you’ve most likely heard of several helpful resources for children with ADHD. What about adults with the same diagnosis? In this blog, we are going to take a look at how ADHD affects adults.
ADHD and Adults
ADHD stands for “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder” which describes a neurodevelopmental disorder (disabilities associated primarily with the functioning of the neurological system and brain). This also includes a disablement in executive functioning, or the “management system of the brain.” Contrary to popular belief, ADHD is not necessarily something children grow out of over time. Many adults are living with symptoms of ADHD today. In fact, ADDitude estimates that 5% of the adult population is affected by ADHD.
For adults, common symptoms of ADHD:
- Excessive Forgetfulness
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Easily Distracted
- Potential Hyperactivity
- Sleep Deprivation
- Difficulty Finishing Team
- Issues with Time Management
- Hyperfocusing (or ‘Zoning In’)
Types of ADHD in Adults
There are three different types of ADHD:
- Primarily Hyperactive-Impulsive Type: “Driven By A Motor” is a common term used to describe this type of ADHD. It includes excessive energy, squirming, fidgeting, leaving their seat when expected to remain seated, impulsive behavior, and often ‘blurting out’, or talking over others.
- Primarily Inattentive Type: This type of ADHD was formerly called ADD. It displays symptoms more akin to forgetfulness, lack of concentration, and disorganization. It is not uncommon for inattentive types to be missed in childhood due to the lack of the ‘attention getting’ behaviors seen in hyperactive-impulsive types.
- Primarily Combined Type: This is a combination of both types listed above, and it is diagnosed when a person identifies with 6 of the 9 symptoms described in each subtype.
The effects of untreated ADHD in adults can be devastating for adults. While symptoms can vary, untreated ADHD can impact their self-esteem, work performance, relationships, and parenting. It can also lead to anxiety and depression. Many adults even report that these issues have been plaguing them for their entire lives! If you are concerned that you are struggling with ADHD, we encourage you to reach out to a mental health professional.
The Garrett Counseling teams in Jacksonville, Huntsville, and Boaz are equipped to support you as you navigate the effects of ADHD. Contact us today at (256) 239-5662 or online to get started!