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?Learn more about the signs of adult ADHD ›
Adult ADHD symptoms can be more subtle and difficult to recognize than those in children. The primary symptoms of ADHD include difficulty staying focused, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity, or overactivity. Learn more about adult ADHD ›
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The Positive Side of ADHD
You hear a lot about the challenges of living with ADHD. What you don’t hear discussed as often is the positive side of the condition. Yet the beneficial aspects of ADHD—energy, spontaneity, creativity, flexibility—are just as real as the negative ones.
If you have the hyperactive form of ADHD, you know what it’s like to have too much of a good thing. You’ve got energy to burn, but it isn’t easy to channel productively. With treatment, you may be able to dial down hyperactivity to healthy activity.
Friendships, family relationships, and romantic bonds can be hard. In a relationship, you need to be attentive, careful, and thoughtful. But when you have ADHD, you’re often inattentive, forgetful, and impulsive. Follow these solutions to help you connect with others effectively.
1. The problem: You forget to be somewhere. You miss a date or go to the wrong location.
Relationship Rx: When making plans with friends or your significant other, always confirm what you heard. Inattention can cause you to miss pieces of information. Say, “We’re going to meet Thursday at the bistro on the corner at 7 p.m. Did I get it right?” Set your cell phone to alert you before you’re supposed to be there.Learn more tips for rewarding relationships with ADHD ›
Tuning out distractions, meeting deadlines, sitting through meetings. Lots of people have trouble with these situations at work. But the challenges are magnified when you have ADHD—and just telling yourself to buckle down and get serious isn’t enough. You need specific strategies that really work on the job.
Below are some workable solutions to common problems:Learn more ways to work out ADHD-related job challenges ›
Amphetamine abuse is a growing problem in the United States. Each year, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration closes down hundreds of illegal laboratories producing these drugs.
Amphetamines and amphetamine-related drugs stimulate the central nervous system. Although stimulants are used to treat certain medical conditions, such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children, amphetamines often are abused because they are easily manufactured in illegal laboratories, says the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).Learn more about amphetamines ›
Don’t let ADHD stand in your way of completing tasks, being on time, and remembering where you put your wallet.
Do you frequently lose your car keys or cell phone? Do you sometimes forget about meetings and appointments? These are common experiences for adults with ADHD. Staying organized is challenging. But you can do it. You just need to know what strategies work best when you have ADHD. These 4 tips will help you keep your home, office, and life in order.Learn more ways to stay organized with ADHD ›
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