ADHD clinic 

Assessment and management of ADHD in adults and children

Inam Psychiatry Ltd

Effective Solutions for Adult ADHD

When it comes to adult ADHD, the ADHD symptoms may be difficult to define. This is largely due to a lack of research into adults with ADHD. At ADHD Clinic, we take everything into account, and this helps us to come to a decision. ADHD is a developmental disorder; it's believed that it can't develop in adults without it first appearing during childhood. However, it is known that symptoms of ADHD often persist from childhood into a person's teenage years, and then adulthood.

Moving from Childhood to Adulthood

Any additional problems or conditions experienced by children with ADHD, such as depression or dyslexia, may also continue into adulthood. By the age of 25, an estimated 15% of people diagnosed with ADHD as children still have a full range of symptoms, and 65% still have some symptoms that affect their daily lives.

The symptoms in children and teenagers, which are listed on the Child ADHD page, are sometimes also applied to adults with possible ADHD. But some specialists say that the way in which inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness affect adults can be very different from the way they affect children.

For example, hyperactivity tends to decrease in adults, while inattentiveness tends to get worse as the pressure of adult life increases. Adult symptoms of ADHD also tend to be far more subtle than childhood symptoms.

Symptoms

Symptoms

  • Carelessness and Lack of Attention to Detail

  • Continually Starting New Tasks before Finishing Old Ones

  • Poor Organisational Skills

  • Inability to Focus or Prioritise

  • Continually Losing or Misplacing Things

  • Forgetfulness

  • Restlessness and Edginess

  • Difficulty Keeping Quiet and Speaking out of Turn

  • Blurting out Responses and Often Interrupting Others

  • Mood Swings, Irritability, and a Quick Temper

  • Inability to Deal with Stress

  • Extreme Impatience

  • Taking Risks with Little Regard for Safety i.e. Driving Dangerously

Additional Problems

As with ADHD in children and teenagers, ADHD in adults can occur alongside several related problems or conditions. Some of those are listed here.

Personality Disorders

These are conditions in which an individual differs significantly from an average person, in terms of how they think, perceive, feel, or relate to others.

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar is a condition that affects your moods, which can swing from one extreme to another.

OCD

(Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)

This is a condition that causes obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviour.

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The behavioural problems associated with ADHD can also cause other problems, including:

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  • Difficulties with Relationships

  • Difficulties with Social Interaction

  • Drugs

  • Crime

  • Finding It Hard to Find and/ or Stay in a Job

 To learn more about adult ADHD symptoms, contact us now.