How ADHD Affects Adults Differently

When you think of someone with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you probably picture an overactive, fidgety kid who struggles to get homework done every night. While ADHD was once thought of as a childhood disorder, it’s now known that you don’t necessarily grow out of it once you become an adult. 

You may no longer struggle with homework, but your ADHD can affect other aspects of your adult life. The mental health professionals at Progressive Behavioral Health, PLLC, specialize in adult ADHD. We want you to know how the disorder affects adults differently and what you can do about it. 

Struggling to focus

Do you find yourself jumping from one task to another and never getting anything done? Have you been reprimanded by your boss multiple times for the careless errors you make on simple tasks? Inattention and lack of focus are common symptoms of adult ADHD. You may “zone out” during a meeting at work or make simple errors while completing repetitive tasks. 

And it’s not so much that you can’t focus, but that you have a more difficult time paying attention to tasks and activities you find boring or monotonous. On the flip side, if you’re engaged in a task you find stimulating and enjoyable, you may become hyper-focused. Unfortunately, if you become too engrossed in your preferred activity, you may lose track of time and neglect other responsibilities.

Difficulty with organization

Between family, friends, and work, life can get overwhelming for anyone. If you have adult ADHD, you may find it difficult to organize and manage all of the demands life throws at you, which may make your life seem chaotic and out of control. You may find yourself late for appointments, constantly losing important items, or having a difficult time finishing projects.

Easily frustrated or angered

Adult ADHD can also affect your emotional health. You may find that you’re quick to anger or you get stressed over little things. You may be more sensitive to criticism and find it difficult to stay motivated.

While some adults with ADHD exhibit symptoms of hyperactivity, this symptom tends to slow down as you get older. Instead of feeling overly energetic with the need to always be on the go, your hyperactivity may cause you to feel more restless and agitated.

You can manage adult ADHD 

Whether you were diagnosed with ADHD as a child or you’re only discovering it now, this neurodevelopmental disorder can affect all aspects of your life, from your job to your relationship to your finances. Your ADHD may also place you at risk for other mental health disorders, such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.

But you can get help for your adult ADHD. Treatments include medication and psychotherapy aimed at helping you organize and manage life so it seems less chaotic and out of control.

At Progressive Behavioral Health, we offer a number of techniques to help you better manage your ADHD, including:

Your adult ADHD symptoms may be different, but you can gain control when you have the right resources. To learn more about adult ADHD, request an appointment online today with one of our mental health professionals.

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