Signs of ADHD

If you have kids, you know they can have trouble sitting still, resisting the urge to break the rules, or finishing a chore like making the bed. Learn More ›

9 Signs of Adult ADHD

ADHD is commonly considered a childhood disorder. But a number of kids with ADHD still have it when they grow up. Making matters worse, it can be harder to diagnose ADHD in adults, and many adults don’t even know they have it. Would you recognize the possible signs of ADHD in an adult?

Do you know an adult who talks too much? And maybe when you try to talk, he or she either doesn’t listen or constantly finishes your sentences? These traits are definitely annoying—and can be symptoms of ADHD.

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Facts About Adult ADHD

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurobehavioral disorders. It's usually diagnosed in childhood and often persists into adulthood.

The primary symptoms of ADHD include difficulty staying focused, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity, or overactivity. The primary ADHD symptoms are the same for adults as for children, but they can be more subtle and difficult to recognize. Sometimes other conditions, such as depression, drug abuse, hyperthyroidism, or hearing loss, can mimic ADHD symptoms.

Determining if you have the disorder can help you seek treatment. One set of guidelines used to diagnose adult ADHD includes the following characteristics of adults with the disorder: hyperactivity and poor concentration, impulsiveness, mood swings, a hot temper, inability to complete tasks, inability to deal with stress, or having a childhood history of ADHD.

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