Adult ADD symptoms are outlined in the Diagnostic And Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).
Adult Attention Deficit Disorder symptoms are divided into three groups: Inattention, Hyperactivity, and Impulsivity. One can suffer from one group of symptoms or a combination of all of them.
The onset of adult ADHD symptoms starts early.
Symptoms are usually observed when a child enters the school system, and these symptoms often continue into adulthood.
In general, symptoms must have been present prior to age 7 in order for a diagnosis of ADHD to be given. In fact, adults who are first diagnosed with ADHD as an adult often recall displaying ADHD-type behavior as far back as they can remember.
Individuals who suffer from the inattentive symptoms have difficulty staying focused and attending to everyday tasks. They are often easily distracted, shift from one activity to another, and become bored easily.
Inattentive adults tend to be forgetful and exhibit challenges with respect to organization, task completion, time-management, and may frequently lose or misplace items.
Hyperactive symptoms include excessive levels of physical or verbal activity such as always appearing to be in constant motion and having difficulty keeping still. They are often restlessness and may talk excessively, interrupt others, and monopolize conversations.
Impulsive symptoms include often acting and speaking before thinking and without considering consequences. Similarly, they may blurt out insensitive remarks or rush through work assignments without following instructions.
More importantly, impulsive behavior can place them in risky situations and makes them more prone to gambling and other addictions.
If you suspect you may have ADD/ADHD, take this ADHD Self Test to be certain. If you score positive on the test, it is likely you may be suffering from ADHD. Get a second diagnostic opinion by scheduling an evaluation with a doctor who specialiizes in treating ADHD.
The most common treatments for adult ADHD include medication and/or some type of therapy which can both help reduce troubling ADHD symptoms.
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