What is ADHD
Adult ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a neurodevelopmental disorder and a mental health condition that affects the ability to focus, pay attention, and control impulsive behaviors. This condition is typically diagnosed in children, but it is also possible for adults to have it. This condition affects the quality of life on many levels and leads to other complications, so it needs to be treated with a professional healthcare specialist.
Adults can have ADHD for a variety of reasons:
- Undiagnosed ADHD as children,
- Environmental factors, such as chronic stress or trauma,
- Some medical conditions or medications.
The symptoms of ADHD in adults can be categorized into two main types: inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity.
Inattention symptoms may include:
- Difficulty focusing on tasks or activities that require sustained attention, such as reading a book or paying bills
- Easily distracted by external stimuli, such as noises or movement
- Struggling to follow through on instructions or complete tasks, such as starting projects and finishing them
- Being forgetful or absent-minded, such as forgetting appointments or losing track of personal items
Hyperactivity and impulsivity symptoms may include:
- Restlessness, such as difficulty sitting still or constantly fidgeting
- Impulsivity, such as acting without thinking about the consequences or interrupting others
- Difficulty engaging in quiet activities or leisure activities, such as watching a movie or reading a book
- Talking excessively or interrupting others during conversations
- Risk-taking behavior or engaging in activities that provide immediate rewards, such as gambling or substance use.
Additionally, some adults with ADHD may also experience emotional dysregulation, such as frequent mood swings or difficulty managing anger.
Untreated adult ADHD can lead to several complications that can significantly impact a person’s quality of life. Some of the most common complications of untreated adult ADHD include:
- Difficulty maintaining healthy relationships with others,
- Poor maintaining focus and productivity at work,
- Substance abuse such as drugs or alcohol to cope symptoms,
- Increased risk of developing other mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression.
- Difficulty managing finances and impulsive spending,
- Impulsive behavior leading to legal issues,
- Increased risk of physical health problems due to impulsiveness and distractibility.
While ADHD is a chronic condition, the symptoms may respond to treatment.
Here are some common approaches:
- Stimulant and non-stimulant medications,
- Behavioral therapy,
- Lifestyle changes,
- Support groups.
It’s important to work with a healthcare professional to determine the best treatment plan. They can help identifying any underlying conditions and managing symptoms in order to live a happy fulfilling life. Contact Dr. Carla today.