There’s a lot of talk centered around adult ADHD and how to handle it?
But what advice is worth following and what isn’t?
In this article, we’ll talk about how adult ADHD presents, how professionals screen for it, and it’s treated after a diagnosis.
ADHD for Adults
Adult ADHD may not be as clear-cut or easy to recognize as childhood ADHD. This is primarily because hyperactivity usually decreases while struggles with impulsiveness, restlessness, and difficulty paying attention may be confused for laziness. Additionally, adults usually develop a list of coping mechanisms to further mask their symptoms that, at some point, almost feel second nature in public.
That being said. Inattentive, hyperactive, and blended ADHD can and does affect a large number of adults.
The CDC defines each form of ADHD by the symptoms below:
Often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, at work, or with other activities.
Often has trouble holding attention on tasks or play activities.
Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly.
Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (e.g., loses focus, side-tracked).
Often has trouble organizing tasks and activities.
Often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to do tasks that require mental effort over a long period of time (such as schoolwork or homework).
Often loses things necessary for tasks and activities (e.g. school materials, pencils, books, tools, wallets, keys, paperwork, eyeglasses, mobile telephones).
Is often easily distracted
Is often forgetful in daily activities.
Often fidgets with or taps hands or feet, or squirms in seat.
Often leaves seat in situations when remaining seated is expected.
Often runs about or climbs in situations where it is not appropriate (adolescents or adults may be limited to feeling restless).
Often unable to play or take part in leisure activities quietly.
Is often “on the go” acting as if “driven by a motor”.
Often talks excessively.
Often blurts out an answer before a question has been completed.
Often has trouble waiting their turn.
Often interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g., butts into conversations or games)
In order for a specialist to consider an ADHD diagnosis, you have to have six or more of the symptoms above.
In addition, someone with ADHD has to meet the following symptoms as well:
Several inattentive or hyperactive-impulsive symptoms were present before age 12 years.
Several symptoms are present in two or more settings, (such as at home, school or work; with friends or relatives; in other activities).
There is clear evidence that the symptoms interfere with, or reduce the quality of, social, school, or work functioning.
The symptoms are not better explained by another mental disorder (such as a mood disorder, anxiety disorder, dissociative disorder, or a personality disorder).The symptoms do not happen only during the course of schizophrenia or another psychotic disorder.
Test questions will vary from test to test and organization to organization, but they’re all trying to get an overall idea of what symptoms you have and which ones you don’t as well as how severe your specific symptoms are.
It’s important to remember that and ADHD screening is not a test. You can’t ace it by answering the questions “correctly.” An ADHD test
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From Diagnosis to Treatment
Once diagnosed, there are multiple ways to treat ADHD. Each has its own benefits and negatives associated with them. A licensed medical professional can help you weigh these pros and cons and determine the best course of action for you.
At the heart of it, ADHD is an ability for someone’s brain to properly produce, process, and experience certain naturally occurring chemical compounds that help you feel happy, focused, and content. Stimulants like methylphenidate or amphetamine or non-stimulants like atomoxetine and certain antidepressants can be used to help treat your specific symptoms and help your brain better handle these chemical compounds.
Therapy can help teach you a variety of different healthy coping mechanisms so you can better manage your specific symptoms and function throughout the day in a way that’s good for you and those around you.
It can be hard for people with ADHD to make and maintain relationships with others as a lot of the symptoms of ADHD can hurt your relationship. For example, imagine having a spouse who has a hard time remembering to take your feelings into account before making a big decision. Relationship counseling helps both the person withADHD and those in their lives better manage their expectations and help one another improve their relationship.
Whether it’s making lists, keeping a calendar, developing specific daily routines, or something else, there are tons of different “lifehacks” that many people with ADHD report have helped them improve their quality of life.