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Characteristics of Adults with ADHD

So far, hyperactivity or ADHD (Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) more experienced children. But that does not mean adults can not have ADHD. About 40 percent of adults have ADHD behavioral disorders and many others are never diagnosed. About half of children with ADHD are impaired this disorder into their adulthood.

“The diagnosis is important. Adults with ADHD tend to have lower incomes, higher rates of accidents, unplanned pregnancies and drug abuse,” said Martin W. Wetzel, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, in Omaha, as reported by

So what are the signs of adult ADHD? Here it is:

1. Easily agitated
If children with ADHD may be too energetic, then adults with ADHD are just feeling tense or nervous. “Adults do not show signs of a more obvious like running and jumping. Hyperactivity presented more subtle form of anxiety,” said Colette de Marneffe, PhD, a clinical psychologist in Silver Spring, Md..

2. Having a child with ADHD
ADHD has a genetic component. When one family member with ADHD, there is a possibility of 25 to 35 percent of the people or descendants in the family experience as well, according to the Attention Deficit Disorder Association.

3. Have problems in relationships
“Often adults with ADHD actually have difficulty with transitions (love affiar). When the relationship becomes more stable and predictable, conflicts tend to arise,” explained de Marneffe.

4. Smoke
About 40 percent of adults with ADHD were smokers, compared to only 26 percent of the general population. “Nicotine is highly effective for many symptoms of ADHD. That’s because they often begin to experience more problems with focus and concentration,” said Dr. Wetzel. Adults with ADHD are also more likely to use alcohol and other drugs at a younger age, than people without ADHD.

5. Have academic problems as symptoms of ADHD in children
If you suspect have ADHD as adults, the early history of ADHD symptoms such as difficulty sitting still, difficulty focusing attention and the teacher at school age, can also occur when an adult is when you work. This can help confirm the diagnosis.

6. Like to delay the work or have difficulty in working
People with ADHD often feel anxious and unable to focus. This is what ultimately makes them unable to concentrate which is then made to procrastinate.

7. Often look for activities that are challenging
People with ADHD are often attracted to activities that are stimulating. They may engage in risky behavior, such as driving at high speed, gambling and even infidelity.

8. Often lost their everyday items
People with ADHD often misplace things. They often lose cell phone, wallet or keys. Dr. Wetzel described the level of awareness of ADHD as powerless.

9. Temperament
If you are often quick to anger or frustration, may be a sign of ADHD. But because of irritability may also be a symptom of bipolar disorder, some people with ADHD can be misdiagnosed. Some people may have both diagnoses.

10. Impulsive
Adults with ADHD tend to be more impulsive (fast-acting suddenly instinctively without thinking long and weigh the consequences). For example abruptly quit a job or having sex without a condom.

11. Messy and can’t be organized
Being organized is a challenge for adults with ADHD because they have difficulty to it and tends to fall apart and irregular.

12. Unable to relax
Adults with ADHD often feel relaxed because so many things that take over their consciousness.

13. Their mind easily wander
Suppose you are conducting a conversation with others, but your mind is easy to ‘roam’ and hover. It makes you lose pieces of conversation.

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