Adult ADHD is a genetic, neurobiological disorder characterized by impairments in vital brain functions involved in attention, impulse control and physical activity. It is an inherited disorder that originates in childhood and persists into adulthood, causing problems in multiple areas of life. It is estimated that 4-5% of adults have ADHD, although most are not aware of their condition and continue to struggle through life with impaired functioning.
The condition is characterized by symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Common adult manifestations include:
- easily getting distracted
- starting projects/tasks but have difficulty sustaining attention to completion
- starting tasks without reading or listening to directions, resulting in careless mistakes
- difficulty organizing tasks
- poor time management
- feeling internally restless, fidgety
- failing to follow through on promises or commitments
- making decisions impulsively
- poor communication with co-workers, family members, friends, etc.
- difficulty controlling anger
- and many other symptoms
Undiagnosed and untreated adult ADHD can negatively impact major areas in life. Common problems include:
- academic – lower grades, underachievement, less likely to attend or finish college
- occupational – workaholic, poor work performance, frequent job changes due to quitting or being fired
- financial – impulsive spending, gambling, credit card debt, little or no savings
- relationships – frequent arguments, impaired relationships with peers and family, problems in dating or marriage, divorces
- substance use – cigarette smoking, excessive drinking, illicit drug use
- driving – unsafe driving, car accidents, traffic violations, speeding tickets
- legal – criminal behavior, frequent police contact, arrests, incarceration
- lifestyle – poor nutrition and sleep habits, binge eating, minimal or excessive exercising, video game addiction, and risky sexual behavior
Adult ADHD is highly treatable. We encourage you to contact us today to explore how our techniques may help you or someone you care about.