Discovering ADHD in Adults
As many adults learn more about their children's hyperactivity and ADD/ADHD diagnosis, they are finding the same symptoms in themselves. Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (or Attention Deficit Disorder) is a neurobehavioral condition that cause problems in concentration and behavior control.
While there has been an increase in childhood diagnosis of ADHD, the belief has been that eventually individuals outgrow the condition. For these reasons, adult ADHD has largely gone undiagnosed. In addition, recent studies compiled by the American Psychiatric Associate suggest that the idea of outgrowing ADHD is a myth, and that well over half, around 60 percent, of children with ADHD see symptoms in adulthood. Studies also show that ADHD is genetic, and therefore if a child is diagnosed with the condition it is likely that at least one parent also has the condition.
Adults with ADHD may have difficulty functioning in the workplace, and employers may lose significant levels of productivity from these employees. Productivity losses can come from absences, daydreaming or distractions, all symptomatic of ADHD. However, increased awareness of adult ADHD is leading to development of new strategies, such as noise-canceling headphones or fidget toys, to help employees.
Struggles at home can also be an issue for adults with ADHD. When one spouse has adult ADHD it can lead to disputes, including over household chores, organization and time management. But while ADHD can certainly cause personal and professional struggles, many people with the condition do not think of it as a disability and find themselves flourishing despite, or because of, their ADHD. No matter what age of adulthood, every person with ADHD can benefit from a diagnosis and the strategies to manage the condition.
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