Adult ADHD-A small discussion

  • By Team TDO

ADHD afflicts about 3 to 10% of children in the school-going age. An estimated 60% of them will continue having these symptoms into their adulthood.

ADHD in adults is not as well-studied as in kids. But it is estimated that ADHD prevalence in adults is at 4 to 5 %. In children, boys seem to be affected more with ADHD. In adults though, this ratio seems to even out with both sexes being equally affected.

ADHD is one of the most well recognized childhood developmental disorders. The symptoms include inattentiveness, impulsiveness, and hyperactivity. It is now a known fact that in 60% of kids, these symptoms may well be carried over into adulthood. However, only a meagre 4% of adults who suffer from ADHD are actually diagnosed!

ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a common behavioural disorder that starts during childhood and can continue till adulthood. People with ADHD have problems concentrating, organizing work, difficulty in controlling behaviour and hyperactivity. Symptoms may also include learning disabilities, day dreaming and/or disruptive behaviour. This can cause problems at home, in school, at work and also in relationships and can interfere with the ability to succeed.

Adult ADHD statistics

Common Symptoms of Adult ADHD

  1. Anxiety
  2. Boredom
  3. Constant forgetfulness
  4. Difficulty controlling anger
  5. Depression
  6. Difficulty concentrating on one particular thing at a time, especially reading.
  7. Impulsiveness
  8. Low self-esteem
  9. Mood swings
  10. Procrastination
  11. Problems with employment
  12. Relationship problems.
  13. Substance abuse/addiction

These symptoms vary greatly in every individual. While some people lack interest in all things, others will excel at work if it excites them enough.

Adults with ADHD have a troubled school-life history. Often, they are the ones who didn’t do well at school.

Adults with ADHD have a troubled work-life too. They are the individuals who keep changing jobs, as nothing keeps them excited. They are also under performers, and often end up depressed.

All this reflects on their socioeconomic status. Withdrawn and anti-social, substance abuse is very common in them.

Treatment for adult ADHD is similar to treatment for childhood ADHD. It includes drugs and medications, psychological counseling, psychotherapy, and treatment for any mental health condition that occur along with adult ADHD.