Adult ADHD: Spinning Like A Top October is ADHD Awareness Month. Most people are aware of attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the context of children, but these conditions can persist into adulthood too. A significant number (up to 67%) of children diagnosed with ADHD will continue to experience symptoms throughout their lives. It's more common in males than females, by a factor of about 2:1. The key symptoms seen in children, inattention, hyperactivity and impulsiveness, may express themselves more subtly in adult behaviour. Inattention can manifest as difficulty following directions, remembering information, concentrating, organizing tasks, or dealing with deadlines/timelines. Hyperactivity shows up as restlessness. Impulsiveness can add to levels of distractibility and impair decision-making. Low tolerance for frustration is common, as are anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. The areas of life most commonly affected include academic, vocational and relationship situations. (more…) ...
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