Generally, people see and look at ADHD as something that only affects kids. Many professionals even believed that those kids diagnosed with the condition would eventually grow out of it. That it ultimately disappear once kids’ reach a certain age. However, that kind of thinking is entirely false. That’s because ADHD is something that spans in a lifetime and affects mental, emotional, and behavioral aspects. Symptoms of the condition can even present differently in children versus adults. With those particular reasons, it can go undiagnosed for long periods.
ADHD As A Whole
ADHD or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is a person’s persistent pattern of inattention, impulsivity, or hyperactivity that interferes with development and function. Some symptoms categorize ADHD in both impulsivity and inattention.
- Inattention symptoms, on the other hand, are signs which persist for at least six months and extend to the degree that is inconsistent with developmental level. It also creates a negative impact on a person’s occupational or social functioning. These include a hard time paying attention to details which often leads to frequent careless mistakes. There’s the difficulty in holding attention in any activities for too long. An individual with the condition often doesn’t follow instructions and always fail to finish or complete a task. Usually, a person dislikes activities that require a sustained mental effort.
- Impulsivity or hyperinactivity symptoms need to persist at least six months too. It also impacts a person’s developmental level and also interferes in his ability to function in life. The typical sign is fidgeting. It is where tapping of fingers or feet becomes a habit. Usually, a person often feels uncomfortable sitting for an extended period and have trouble staying at one place. There are restlessness and distraction, but he can often talk excessively. There’s a difficulty in holding patience and usually intrudes others. Like a person will start to use other’s things without permission, butt into conversations, or even take over something that someone else’s is working on.
It is important to note that ADHD should have clear evidence that these symptoms are interfering with the quality of a person’s life. And now that we know what the common symptoms of its different categories are and how it gets diagnosed let’s try to understand how it becomes different in adults. We need to understand this because many people are not getting a proper ADHD diagnosis until they are much older. So why is that?
- It is essential to note that those adults with ADHD already had the condition as a child. They don’t have a proper diagnosis. Perhaps some may think that the assumption of being lazy, stupid, and unpredictable is common for them. However, they don’t understand that there is just something going on. With that stuck up mentality, adults with ADHD often ignore to find tools and techniques to manage their condition better.
- Most adults with ADHD always have trouble at work. They change jobs frequently, and they often don’t feel happy or fulfilled by their job. These individuals usually suffer from impulse control. They often picture themselves on edge and tend to be more afraid of doing something new. And though they try to stay focus, they meltdown because “focusing” itself takes too much energy.
- Adults with ADHD are prone to mental and emotional health issues. Most common is anxiety and depression. Their psychological damage remains for a long time due to emotional inconsistency from getting negative feedback such as not being smart, being slow, or always being different. These people battle their way trying to fit in with the world.
- Adults may also express signs of ADHD in usual activities. These include oversalting their food, getting too much speeding tickets, often have relationship issues, drugs and substance abuse, and cigarette smoking. Though some of these traits may represent other mental health conditions, ADHD in adults has no exemption.
Perhaps these signs and symptoms may be, and some would think of these as something that represents other mental health issues. The misdiagnosis can be anxiety, bipolar disorder, and OCD. However, it is essential to understand that ADHD in adults is a different level and everyone’s symptoms tend to be different as well.