What Is ADHD?
ADHD (Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder) is a “neuropsychiatric” condition, which means it is caused by abnormal structure, function or chemistry in certain areas of the brain. When severe, ADHD causes disruptions in functioning and relationships. It tends to run in families. Virtually all adults had the disorder as children.
Are There Different Kinds of ADHD?
Yes, there are three types:
- Hyperactive and impulsive
- Inattentive (also known as ADD)
- A combination of the two.
What Are the Symptoms of ADHD?
If you are an adult with ADHD, you will recognize some, but maybe not all, of the following:
- You are easily distracted
- It’s hard for you to stay organized
- You often procrastinate and don’t finish projects
- You get bored easily and hate 9-to-5 desk jobs
- You may be restless and cannot sit still for very long
- You can be impulsive and act without thinking
- It may be hard for you to read social cues
- You think out-of-the box.
What Problems Are Associated with Adult ADHD?
If properly diagnosed and treated as children, adults with ADHD usually lead happy and productive lives, although they may continue to have some symptoms, especially problems with attention. However, unrecognized and untreated severe childhood ADHD results in significant secondary problems such as social isolation, depression, poor academic or vocational functioning, abuse of drugs and alcohol, and failed relationships. ADHD is often associated (co-morbid) with other psychiatric disorders.