What is ADD / ADHD In Adults?

Develop an understanding of Adult Attention Deficit Disorder


..Life can be a balancing act for any adult, but if you find yourself constantly late, disorganized, forgetful, and overwhelmed by your responsibilities, you may have ADD or ADHD.


What is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults?


Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects many adults, and its wide variety of frustrating symptoms can hinder everything from your relationships to your career. 

Attention Deficit Disorder is not just a problem in children. If you were diagnosed with childhood ADD / ADHD, chances are, you’ve carried at least some of the symptoms into adulthood. But even if you were never diagnosed with ADD / ADHD as a child, that doesn’t mean you can’t be affected by it as an adult. 

Many adults with ADHD aren’t aware they have it — they just know that everyday tasks can be a challenge. Adults with ADHD may find it difficult to focus and prioritize, leading to missed deadlines and forgotten meetings or social plans. 

*Approximately 10 million adults have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In early adulthood, ADHD may be associated with depression, and mood or conduct disorders. Adults with ADHD often cope with difficulties at work and in their personal and family lives related to ADHD symptoms.  Many may have chronic feelings of frustration, guilt or blame.

Adult ADHD is a mental health disorder that includes a combination of persistent problems, such as difficulty paying attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior. As an adult, ADHD can lead to unstable relationships, poor work performance, low self-esteem, and other problems as often adults may have trouble staying focused on tasks at work, home or play. Symptoms can also change over time as a person ages. To find out more information about ADD / ADHD, Click Here. 

ADHD is not a result of poor diet, inadequate exercise, excessive screen time, or socioeconomic factors – though some of these factors and other stressors may worsen ADHD symptoms in some individuals. Environmental factors like sleep, exercise, and diet can play a big role in the severity of ADHD symptoms in adults. 

You may have been able to compensate for the symptoms of ADD / ADHD when you were young, only to run into problems as your responsibilities increase. The more balls you’re trying to keep in the air, pursuing a career, raising a family, running a household, the greater the demand on your abilities to organize, focus, and remain calm. This can be challenging for anyone, but if you have adult ADHD, it can feel downright impossible.

Dr. Shershow is experienced in recognizing the symptoms of ADD / ADHD, and utilizing modern medications, which are safe and often amazingly effective in ADD / ADHD.  Many patients are described life-changing improvements in their ability to be focus, productive individuals both at home and at work.

*Information obtained from CHADD.org & ADDitudemag.org











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