Adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD or ADHD) manifests itself through two main characteristics: inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity. These symptoms, as well as the others that often accompany them, can cause numerous problems in a person’s day-to-day life. These problems include the inability to maintain stable relationships, poor performance at work, difficulty organizing and planning, and low self-esteem.
A person exhibiting symptoms of inattention makes careless mistakes, doesn’t listen being when directly spoken to, doesn’t follow through on instructions, fails to finish tasks, has difficulty organizing tasks and activities, is easily distracted, and is forgetful in their daily activities. That same person might exhibit symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity. These symptoms include: fidgeting with their hands and feet, often physically active in situations when it isn’t appropriate, and often interrupting the conversations of others.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder always starts in childhood. This means, if an adult is just discovering they have ADHD they also had it as a child. Some people have fewer symptoms as they age and their brain develops further. It is difficult to diagnose ADD/ADHD in adults because many of the symptoms frequently stem from other conditions. It is important to note that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder does not cause other disorders. However, a number of conditions often accompany this disorder including mood, anxiety, and personality disorders.
If you feel that you or a loved one has the characteristics of adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, fell free to contact Cognitive Solutions Learning Center in Chicago at (773)755-1775 or online Adult ADD and ADHD for more information or to schedule a consultation.