Adult ADHD exists in adults who may or may not have not been diagnosed as a child. Hyperactivity, impulsiveness, and low self-esteem are common symptoms.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a well-known mental health disorder that frequently appears in kids. However, adults can be diagnosed with ADHD, too. Approximately 4-5% of adults in the U.S. may have ADHD, but few are diagnosed or receive treatment. Adult ADHD can manifest itself with recurring symptoms that include trouble paying attention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior. It is common for adults with ADHD to have had it as a child and not known it, while others have been treating it since childhood. Approximately 40% of kids with ADHD outgrow it before adulthood, but that leaves a significant number to continue to deal with it as adults. Adults may find that although their hyperactivity reduces, they continue to struggle with impulsiveness and may experience low self-esteem, unstable relationships, and poor school or work performance.
Men and women seem to be affected by Adult ADHD equally, but it can be difficult to diagnose because the most common ADHD symptoms are very similar to other conditions, including anxiety and mood disorders. When symptoms are severe enough to cause impairment in multiple parts of your life, treatment may be recommended. As with Pediatric ADHD, Adult ADHD treatment may include medication, counseling, and diagnosis and treatment of simultaneous mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety.