ADHD in Adults

In the past decade, diagnosis for ADHD in not only schoolchildren but their parents as well has soared. An estimated one in seven adults show symptoms for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, in which symptoms vary from children due to work and family pressures, etc. which make dealing with the disorder a different matter. The three major symptoms that categorize ADHD for Adults are:

  • Impulsivity
  • Distractibility
  • Hyperactivity

Untreated, these symptoms can lead to behaviors linked with addiction, spontaneous outbursts, trouble maintaining focus or organization, restlessness, etc. For the workplace, this can be the determining factor for who may be a fabulous worker to be let go or not. The average adult working a 9-5 job with ADHD could prove to be a struggle as they cope with the symptoms that compete with the typical office environment.

Thankfully, due to its’ recent popularity amongst physicians and recent addition to the DSM IV, there are many ways to treat and calm the symptoms of ADHD and help ease suffering adults into a lifestyle that is easier to cope with.  For work, this may mean a greater sense of self control in the workplace. Parents with ADHD raising a family will also reap benefits from medicine, for instance, by providing a more predictable environment for growing and learning children.