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Adults who have Adhd , causes, symptoms, and treatment.

Updated on February 6, 2017

Adult Adhd

Historically, some experts believed that adhd was a childhood disorder that mainly affected boys.This information turned out to be incorrect, even though many more boys than girls had received the diagnosis in childhood, the testings in adulthood revealed a one to one ratio.

Causes So far the causes of this are mainly unknown. More medical research is needed to find out the why's of this condition. All they think now is that it can be heredity, possibly related to alcohol, smoking and drug abuse, in life or prenatal. Studies have been done with a brain scan, and this showed that there are different areas of the brain, that engage, and others that do not engage, in comparison to someone who does not have adhd. So it has been identified this way as a very real and actual condition. Those who have it, should never feel bad at all. It is never their fault.

The following are some of the symptoms of those who struggle with adult adhd.

  • Extreme Distractability .
    As a problem with attention regulation. When the person is in a busy, noisy, hectic environment phone calls and emails can cause other priority tasks to remain unfinished.
  • Restlessness and an inability to relax. You may feel edgy a lot and others may notice that you seem tense and stressed, most or nearly all of the time.
  • A pattern of often being late. Due to distractions, leaving home for an event or appointment can be full of delays. Pets getting loose and needing to be chased down, loosing keys, and other basic items needed, realizing the tank is low on gas, answering a phone call, and minor accidents. The person looses track of time and how long it actually takes to do things.
  • Poor listening skills. A tendency to zone out when other people are talking with you can cause communication problems, and can frustrate children and partners who do not feel heard or validated and do not understand what is happening. This can lead to misunderstandings, and mix ups.
  • They tend to avoid or dislike to do tasks that will need sustained mental focus.
  • They can have trouble following through with things and can have many unfinished tasks as a result of getting distracted.
  • They will often be fidgety and seem restless anpd driven by something.
  • Their speech is rapid, and they tend to interrupt when someone else is talking. by a
    sense of urgency.

These are a cluster of symptoms you may relate to if you or someone close to you has this disorder.

Impulsiveness, anger control

depression, anxiety

feeling unorganized, mood swings

substance abuse, low self esteem

Self education is key to managing these symptoms and newer medications are available that have been very effective. Working with a professional who specializes is also important. Dedication and awareness can go miles to improve the lives of those frustrated with this illness.

Treatments for adhd

There are a few medications that are used in the treatment of adhd such as

Concerta, Adderall, Dexedrine, and Vyuanse The effectiveness of which needs to be monitored by a family doctor, or psychiatrist. This is extremely important, as the person needs to tell the doctor what is going on.

Psychotherapy can help a lot in resolving, organizational skills and time management skills. To learn effective problem solving skills, to improve Self Esteem, and to learn ways to have better relationships with family, friends, and co-workers. Also they learn to work on reducing impulsive behaviors.

Adult adhd, causes, treatments, symptoms


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    • jaydene profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      that is very interesting, as i guess there are many kind of distractive issues, and most do see it as fast talking, hyperactivity. It is good to know that it manifests in different ways. Thank you for reading and sharing:)

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      Peter Messerschmidt 

      5 years ago from Port Townsend

      I have adult ADD... but it's the "inattentive" variety, not the hyperactivity. I just sort of slowly... lose my place... and start... to... drift... away...

      It was never diagnosed in me as a kid... because I was NOT the kid "always bouncing off the walls," and I could sit and evidently look at a book for long periods of time. Of course, I wasn't actually READING the book... just daydreaming.

    • jaydene profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you, it is a great feeling to know that information can help others. We have a lot to share to one another

    • Perspycacious profile image

      Demas W Jasper 

      5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Nice and to the point. Your comments in answer to questions are very helpful, too.

    • jaydene profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi , maybe improper sleeping has an affect as well, I know someone that is going to a specialist soon for this, so when i find out more i will surely share, thank you isenhower33. I am also looking to write another in depth article on this subject., as medicine makes more advances new information is available.. thank you and have an awesome day

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      Bobby Isenhower 

      5 years ago from Crothersville, IN

      I know I have a form of ADHD, sometimes it can get me in trouble zoning out from time to time. I think our sleeping pattern can make you develop ADHD.

    • jaydene profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      No bipolar is more like severe highs and lows, adhd is a more constant

      regular state, to my understanding .

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      The hyper verbal component and distractability...inability to focus, etc almost seems like a mania. Has your friend ever been officially diagnosed? Maybe she actually has a bipolar disorder. ??

    • vespawoolf profile image


      5 years ago from Peru, South America

      It's interesting that this disorder isn't attributed just to boys anymore. I do know some men who fit these symptoms. : ) Thank you for sharing and welcome to HP!

    • jaydene profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi Denise, I think that the more symptoms one has from this list and from other great articles on the subject, will indicate to a person, if they feel they have this. Being very hyper and talking so quickly that others feel overwhelmed is another symptom. A person at times seems on super high gear and feels so many things are out of control, and they sometimes are because of the speed of the thoughts with adhd. lack of organization and the dis tractability. I have a family member who has this , someone who is so dear and precious to me. and, she gets overwhelmed to the point of exhaustion.

      As far as i know Mental Health clinics have tons of information, and therapists who can help with the treatment, As for a cure, I am not sure if it can be cured , but surely managed, as with depression and anxiety disorders. When concurrent disorder come into play it gets tougher as some use alcohol, or other means to calm the self. so that is why the substance abuse is a problem as well. and becomes a secondary, or concurrent situation. Thank you for your comment, and I may do another article on this subject, as it is one that seems to be common, but many are not sure how to manage it. So learning those skills can surely help. Maybe meditation, relaxation, yoga, and not ruling out the better medications they now have, is a start. No one likes to be on meds for this, it is a huge first step, and worth trying.

      Thanks again :)

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      Interesting article. I am happy that more people are being diagnosed with this. Thank you for the list of symptoms. How do you find out if you have it or not, and what is the treatment or cure?

    • jaydene profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you Ardie, yes i think it is so important to let our challenges be our strength, we can turn them around with practice. We all deal with something, and easing up on ourselves, and using humor is also very important... I agree with the fact that successful people often have this , and that when they focus their energy they do pretty awesome. I have an anxiety disorder myself, and i plan to do an article on this one. :)

      great to meet you and thanks.

    • Ardie profile image


      5 years ago from Neverland

      Hello Jaydene and welcome to HubPages! I know you'll love the community and writing possibilities here. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me and I will do my best to help you :) Your Hub is spot on with information about adults coping with ADHD. I know quite a few adults dealing with it personally. Most of them are high energy, successful in business and able to keep a sense of humor about their "short-comings" such as being distracted easily and being forgetful. Voted Up Useful and Interesting.

    • jaydene profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, thank you for your comment, yes it is a very real condition that many do not understand, with perseverance we can bring hope and healing as well as sharing what has worked for people who have been courageous enough to seek help. :)

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      LaDena Campbell 

      5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      I have adult adhd...many people still believe that it is only a problem with children and don't want to believe that it does happen to adults, as well.

      Great information!


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