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ADHD in Adults

When people think of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), they usually think of it as a childhood disorder, but that’s not entirely true. Many cases of ADHD are discovered and diagnosed in childhood, but that doesn’t mean people get beyond it as they age.

In most cases, children’s ADHD symptoms change and adapt as they grow into adults. As the child progresses through the developmental stages, some symptoms of ADHD also subside.

But what if you weren’t diagnosed with ADHD as a child? It is common for ADHD to go undetected during the school year because parents may not realize their child’s symptoms are a sign of ADHD, or teachers’ educational support is incomplete. As a result, children can be labeled as daydreamers, troublemakers or slackers.

ADHD symptoms in Adults

The thing about ADHD though is that these symptoms appear regularly

  • Difficulties organising and handling their responsibilities
  • Forgetfulness
  • Poor time management
  • Difficulties concentrating on everyday tasks
  • Hyperfocus
  • Hyperactivity
  • Impulsivity
  • Lack of emotional control



ADHD tests for Adults

Having an assessment for ADHD is the first step towards stopping symptoms.

Unlike diagnosing ADHD in children, information from other tests and sources is used as part of the overall assessment. For example, information may be collected from family members, and individuals may be asked to take tests of cognitive abilities, or complete standardized behavioral rating scales. When testing for ADHD, practitioners will also try to rule out other learning disabilities.

Treatments and tips for coping with ADHD 

Once you understand how your ADHD symptoms interact with your daily life, treatment can be tailored to your needs. For example, medications are also more effective when combined with other natural remedies for ADHD, such as diet or behavioral therapy.

Here are some tips:

  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Exerscise regularly
  • Establish a routine
  • Be open about your ADHD
  • Go to bed on time

ADHD isn’t just a childhood condition. We know it takes courage, but by flagging your symptoms or concerns to a health practitioner it will enable you to access the help and support you need, which will improve your overall quality of life.

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