Adult ADHD – What is it?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a neurodevelopmental psychiatric disorder in which there are significant problems with executive functions that cause attention deficits, hyperactivity, or impulsiveness which are not appropriate for a person’s age. It is mistakenly believed that only children and adolescents suffer from this disorder, however, almost half of those diagnosed in childhood continue to experience symptoms of the disorder as adult.


Causes

The exact cause of ADHD is not clear. Several elements including environmental factors, genetics, and problems with the central nervous system during key moments of development are all thought to play a possible role in this disorder.


Symptoms

ADHD symptoms in adults may present as the following:

  • Trouble focusing or concentrating
  • Restlessness
  • Impulsivity
  • Difficulty completing tasks
  • Disorganization
  • Low frustration tolerance
  • Frequent mood swings
  • Hot temper
  • Trouble coping with stress
  • Unstable relationships