ADHD Symptoms for Adults
By now, many people have heard of ADHD. But in case you are unfamiliar with the term ADHD it stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and is a condition that keeps children from learning efficiently and developing properly.
ADHD actually comes in three different forms: inattention, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. Each one affects a child differently and so naturally, there are different treatments available for each form.
There is no cure for ADHD but many children learn to accept it and even form to it so that they can function in daily life. Some children are put on medication, while others change their diet and use different tutorials to aid them when it comes to school and learning.
While it is highly believed that ADHD just occurs in children, many people would be would be surprised to know that about 60 percent of children who have ADHD carry the disorder with them into adulthood. That is about 4 percent of the American population. Adults with ADHD are almost never treated, however.
It could be because they do not even realize that it is ADHD that they have. Here are some symptoms to look for:
- Chronic Boredom
- Chronic Lateness
- Chronic Forgetfulness
- Trouble Controlling Anger
- Chronic Employment Issues
- Low Self-Esteem
- Chronic Mood Swings
- Substance Abuse/Addiction
Now a lot of these symptoms can be associated with having a rough day or even a quick lifetime change-ups. The important thing to look at is how long the symptoms have been lingering for. Take a look at the duration; if this is something that has been occurring for weeks, months or even years at a time, it may be time to consult a doctor.
ADHD can affect adults at their work, in school (college), or even socially. If you believe that you may have ADHD, it never hurts to consult a doctor about it.
Your doctor will simply have you fill out a questionnaire, which will determine if you had ADHD when you were a child. Your doctor may ask you for your school report cards so that he/she can look for comments about behavior and things of that nature. Finally, you will be asked for a full history and your symptoms. A physical exam, blood tests and psychological testing may also be included, it varies with different doctors.
If you are in fact diagnosed ADHD, you should then discuss with your doctor any and all treatment options. While medication is an option, it does not have to be your first option. Instead, you could opt for a chance in diet; exercise is also helpful for those who have ADHD.
Being knowledgeable is also very helpful so read about ADHD and find out what you can do about it. Read up on medications to find out which are helpful and which are not. It is important to learn as much as you can since there is no known cure for ADHD. Learning different avenues will ensure you correctly and safely manage ADHD just like other long-term illnesses such as diabetes.
Lastly, ADHD can happen in adults, especially, if you had it as a child. Consult your doctor to find out if you have the disorder.