ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

10 Common Adult ADHD Symptoms

Updated on August 2, 2014

To ensure you have good knowledge and start off correctly, what is ADHD? The initials mean Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This is a common condition that affects mostly children and adolescents. Children with ADHD often have trouble with staying concentrated or paying attention. It is also hard for them to follow directions and can get bored and frustrated very easily.

Many people always wonder if adults can have ADHD. The answer to this is yes. Experts have doubts on whether kids can outgrow ADHD or not, this means that it can be more common in adults than people thought. Adults who suffer from ADHD often have difficulty to manage time have trouble with organizational skills, setting personal goals, employment, relationships, self-esteem and even addictions.

Another important question is, what causes ADHD? It is not exactly known, but there are three factors that can contribute to the condition. These factors are:

Heredity: Research of specialized experts has discovered that ADHD tends to run in families. This fact suggests that children could inherit the tendency to develop ADHD because of their genes.

Chemical imbalance: Experts also believe that an imbalance of brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that transmit nerve impulses could be another one of the factors of developing ADHD.

Brain changes: The brain is divided in multiple areas. Certain areas that control attention are not very active in children with ADHD compared to children that don't suffer from ADHD.

Environmental issues: Being exposed to cigarettes or alcohol or other toxins while in the womb, can also be the one of the reasons of developing ADHD.

The symptoms of ADHD may vary, especially when we compare an adult with a kid with ADHD. In adults, there are ten main symptoms that most of people with ADHD have. These symptoms are based on the symptoms shows itself in children. Many experts believe that adult ADHD show themselves in a more subtle way. This makes is more difficult to recognize and diagnose ADHD in adults.

The ten main adult ADHD symptoms

1. Trouble with organizing

Adults that suffer ADHD, find responsibilities like jobs, bills, children and many others hard to do because they lack of organizational skills. This symptom is obviously more notorious and harder in adulthood than in childhood, since children don't have as much responsibilities as adults.

2. Driving and accidents

People with ADHD find it difficult to stay focused, so adults suffering this disorder will have more trouble behind the wheel. They tend to speed, have traffic accidents and lose their driverĀ“s license.

3. Trouble in marriage

People with ADHD often have marital problems, so a marriage in trouble definitely shouldn't be seen as a red flag for ADHD. But there are certain ADHD problems that most likely will affect marriages. The partners of the undiagnosed take poor listening skills and not committing or not honoring a commitment as a sign that their partner doesn't care about the relationship.

4. Very distractible

All adults that suffer ADHD have trouble with paying attention. So it is very hard for these adults to have a successful life and career in the present world. Many adults find that distractibility can lead to lack of accomplishments, especially in noisy and busy places like offices.

5. Poor listening skills

Like previously mentioned, having poor listening skills is extremely common in people with ADHD. Examples of this symptom would be zoning out during business meetings, missing an appointment and having many misunderstandings because the person heard but didn't actually listened what someone else was saying to them.

6. Relaxing problems

This symptom differs in children and in adults. Children tend to be more hyperactive and while they jump and run off the walls, adults can't relax and are always restless. People could think that a person with ADHD is very tense or edgy.

7. Starting tasks

Children with ADHD tend to avoid doing their homework, and just like them, adults with the condition also find it hard to start a task that requires a lot of focus and attention. This procrastination usually adds to other problems like marital ones, issues at work and with friends and family.

8. Being late

There are many reasons why adults with ADHD are often late. They always get distracted on the way to any event or appointment. They realize they need to wash their car and they do it or notice they are low on gas and need to full their tank again. It is also because they underestimate how much time they have to complete a task.

9. Outbursts of anger

Having ADHD can lead to struggle to control emotions. Adults that suffer ADHD can outburst very quickly over small issues or situations. They usually feel like they don't have control over their emotions. The anger often leaves them as quickly as it came too.

10. Prioritizing issues

It is very common that adults with ADHD don't choose their priorities well. This symptom also contributes to their low chance of a successful career. They can for example, decide to spend a lot of time trying to get a high score on a video game, instead of finishing some work that has a deadline.

Do you believe you suffer from ADHD?

See results

There have been many cases where neither people that suffer from ADHD nor their family and friends are aware of the condition because they believe they are common traits of the person. They may think he or she is forgetful because they didn't remember a certain event or appointment or always being tense and not relaxed because they have a strong temper. But we mustn't think the situation irrelevant if a person has multiple of the symptoms.

What you should do is go to a specialist. If you or someone close to you is actually diagnosed with ADHD, you'll have to come up with a treatment plan. ADHD in adults is usually treated with special medications. Unfortunately, there isn't a complete cure to ADHD, but there are ways to live with it. Remember to always support the person who suffers from it and be as positive as you can be.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)