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10 Symptoms Which Indicates Adhd in Adults

Updated on January 25, 2020
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I'm employed as an Assistant Medical Officer in Malaysia for almost 7 years of which 5 was in prison clinic setting.

Most of us assume that ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) only affects children. Symptoms like difficulty concentrating on a matter, hyperactivity and impulsivity are easily detectable in a child compared to an adult. However, ADHD is very much suffered by adults

Symptoms in adults are not always obvious, leading to many undiagnosed and unmedicated ADHD in them. Usually, adults diagnosed with ADHD already had the disorder when they were a child, but it may have gone unnoticed or ignored by parents or teachers.

Some children might wear off their ADHD as they reach adulthood, but about 60% of them still persist with the illness as they grow up. So, here are 10 signs which can be detected in adults with ADHD

About 60 % of children diagnosed with ADHD will continue to have the illness in adulthood

1. Difficulty in having an organised life

Adults with ADHD will have difficulty juggling various tasks like being responsible at their workplace, managing their children, paying bills and others

Adults with ADHD will have various problems in their life that is usually not so difficult in a normal adult

2. Prone to being involved in road accidents

ADHD causes adults to lose focus especially when driving. As a result, they were prone to be involved in accidents and as a consequence, lose their driver's licence as well.

Studies show 78% of adults with ADHD die as a consequence of being involved in road accidents

3. Marital problems

Many couples without ADHD have marital troubles, so, an unhappy marriage may not necessarily be a sign of ADHD. However, numerous marital problems are associated with ADHD. One such is if a partner without ADHD complains about a lack of commitment and lackadaisical attitude of another partner with undiagnosed ADHD.

If you are an individual with ADHD, you might not realize the frustration of your spouse and may feel that your partner is demanding too much or frequently blames you for incidents that you feel is not your fault.

4. Easily distracted in thoughts

ADHD sufferers find it difficult to last in an increasingly difficult and dynamic working field nowadays. As a result, they frequently underperform in their job, constantly changing their workplace, and getting paid lower salaries compared to their peers due to their low quality of work.

ADHD adults will also get constantly distracted by incoming emails and telephone calls which hinder their tasks at hand

5. Poor listening skills

Do you feel convoluted in a meeting? Did your husband forgot to fetch his kids at school despite being reminded many times? Difficulty when it comes to paying attention makes adults with ADHD have poor listening skills which could lead to miscommunication and problems in social and work settings

6. Difficulty in starting something (e.g, work)

As like a child with ADHD who frequently procrastinates with their homework, adult ADHD sufferers constantly delay their tasks, especially the one that requires a very high level of concentration

7. Difficulty to relax

Children with ADHD are prone to be hyperactive and fidgety. These kinds of symptoms are not visible in adults. Although not running here and there, ADHD adults have difficulty in relaxing and staying calm. Outsiders will view these people as looking tense and being in a state of unease

8. Difficulty in controlling emotion

Adults with ADHD were prone to outbursts tantrums even for petty matters. However, on the upside, their anger subsides quickly though they may not realize the damage that had been done.

9. Frequently late

Many matters cause adults with ADHD to be late. Usually, their focus becomes shattered the moment they enter their workplace or an event, like thinking about their yet to be washed dirty car. ADHD sufferers also tend to underestimate the job at hand which results in them procrastinating the given tasks

10. Difficulty in prioritizing

On many occasions, adults with ADHD fail to prioritize tasks according to their order of importance. As a result, they frequently miss deadlines although the time that should have been spent on doing those tasks was wasted on a less important one.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2020 Nagendra Kumar


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    • John Paris profile imageAUTHOR

      Nagendra Kumar 

      15 months ago from RAWANG

      Its a very misunderstood illness. I knew exactly why

    • raymondphilippe profile image

      Raymond Philippe 

      15 months ago from The Netherlands

      Informative hub. You are right, many people associate ADHD only with children but it can affect adults too.


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