Do You Have Adult ADHD? Part 1

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by Rey Beltran |

ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is usually prevalent in children. But did you know that children with ADHD carry it through their adulthood? Adult ADHD affects 4% of the population, and that’s just the number of documented cases. In general, adults with ADHD have lower incomes, higher rates of accidents, unwanted pregnancies, a propensity for substance abuse? That’s according to Martin W. Wetzel, MD, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

Here are some signs that you might have adult ADHD:

1. Restlessness

While kids with ADHD seem to have sugar rush, adults may just feel restless. According to Colette de Marneffe, PhD, a clinical psychologist in Silver Spring, Md, “Adults don’t show the more obvious signs such as running and jumping [because] hyperactivity presents more subtly in the form of restlessness.”

If you can recall a childhood filled with riotous or rowdy behavior, chances are, you have adult ADHD.

2. It’s in the genes

If you have ADHD, chances are, you have a child with ADHD, too. There’s a 25% to 35% chance that someone else in the family does have ADHD, too, according to the Attention Deficit Disorder Association.

3. Troubled relationships

Inattentiveness is one symptom of ADHD. It is also one of the reasons of stormy relationships with relatives, friends, and your significant other.

4. Smoking

40% of adults with ADHD smoke, compared to 26% of the population who don’t.

5. Academically challenged during childhood

ADHD symptoms during childhood like difficulty sitting still, paying attention to the teacher, and focusing on your work, are telltale signs that you have adult ADHD. Have your teachers given you that kind of feedback when you were in your primary years in school?

6. Procrastination is your motto

You put off things until the last minute. Which makes sense, because people with ADHD can focus more when under pressure. So if you thrive and become productive when working at the last minute, chances are, you have ADHD.

7. Thrill seeker

Stimulating activities drive people with ADHD. So they usually find themselves engaging in risky behaviors, like fast driving, gambling, and even extramarital affairs. Yes, that kind of thrill.

8. Losing things

Yes, if you lose common items like keys, wallet, a cellphone, regularly… chances are, you have adult ADHD.

9. Work troubles

A person having a hard time doing routine work usually has adult ADHD.  Repetitive jobs drive adults with ADHD to boredom because they need variation at work.

10. Quick temper

If you’re angry for a moment and calm the next, chances are you have adult ADHD. This behavior can also be misdiagnosed as bipolar disorder. But it is also a sign of ADHD.

to be continued…

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