Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, known asADHD, is a mental health condition that causes symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. ADHD begins in childhood and is usually diagnosed early on in life. However, for some, ADHD may not be diagnosed until adulthood.
ADHD in adults often goes undiagnosed as symptoms often present themselves differently in adults than in children. These symptoms can significantly affect an individual’s daily activities and relationships with those around them.
To diagnose a child with ADHD, six or more symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity must be present, while for an adult, only five of these symptoms are required. Several of these symptoms must be present in two or more settings, such as at home, at work, or in a social environment. There must also be clear evidence that these symptoms negatively impact the person’s ability to function in a social or work environment.
Fails to pay close attention to details and makes careless mistakes
Has trouble maintaining attention on specific tasks
Does not appear to listen when spoken to directly
Does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish assigned tasks, assignments, or duties
Has trouble with organization
Loses objects and is forgetful
Becomes easily distracted
Hyperactive and Impulsive Symptoms
Often fidgets with hands, taps feet, or squirms while sitting
Unable to stay seated at work
Unable to take part in leisure activities quietly
Has trouble waiting their turn
Interrupts or intrudes on others often
Adults can display a combined presentation of both inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity, or they can be predominantly inattentive or predominantly hyperactive/impulsive. Since ADHD symptoms change over time, it is likely that people’s presentation may change as they get older as well.
Contact Mile High Psychiatry
At Mile High Psychiatry, we use a combination of behavioral therapy and medication to successfully treat ADHD in both children and adults.If you believe that you or a loved one may be suffering from undiagnosed ADHD, make an appointment at Mile High Psychiatry today or call now at (855) 660-8911.