Do you feel like your ADHD symptoms have changed over time? This is a common feeling among adults with ADHD. Factors such as age and environment can influence behavior and may make it difficult to diagnose ADHD in adults. Do you ever wonder if certain behaviors you have could be caused by ADHD, but thought that it only occurs in children?
ADHD: Not Just a Child's Disorder
Many adults go for years not knowing they have ADHD. They assume, as many people do, that ADHD is a "kid's" disorder. When they finally learn that they do have ADHD—a medically recognized disorder in adults—they often experience an "a-ha!" moment, feeling relieved to understand the source of their concerns. Sometimes it's not until a child is diagnosed with ADHD that the parent realizes personal symptoms of ADHD as well.
ADHD tends to run in families. So, when one family member is diagnosed, you may want to look for symptoms of ADHD in other immediate family members.
What Are the Symptoms of ADHD in Adults?
If you suspect that you might have ADHD, you may find it helpful to review the symptom descriptions below. These statements are related to the three core symptoms of ADHD: inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. For an individual to be diagnosed as having ADHD, they need to exhibit at least 6 of 9 symptoms of inattention and/or at least 6 of 9 symptoms of hyperactivity/impulsivity. Either set of criteria must have persisted for at least 6 months to a degree that is more frequent and severe than in one's peers. Of course, only a qualified health care professional can make an accurate diagnosis of ADHD.
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