When you hear the term ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder), you probably think of a child who is hyperactive or impulsive. But did you know that there are about 8 million adults in the US who suffer from ADHD? Only 20 percent of those adults seek help for the condition. There’s much to learn about adult ADHD, and here are some important facts you should know.
If You Have ADHD as an Adult, Did You Have It as a Kid?
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder, which means a person is born with the condition. In the case of ADHD, symptoms, like impulsivity or distractibility, most likely started in the womb.
Do the Symptoms Stay the Same?
The symptoms of ADHD do change from childhood to adulthood. In many cases, hyperactivity in many ADHD kids tends to fade away with time. However, symptoms such as impulsivity, sensitivity, and emotional instability tend to persist in adulthood. But by learning the right coping mechanisms, kids can ultimately manage the symptoms of ADHD into their adult years.
What Are the Worst Symptoms of ADHD?
Some adults report feeling overly sensitive and reactive to situations, which ultimately ruins their day. Others report insomnia resulting from thinking about all the things they have to complete in the upcoming days.
How Do Doctors Diagnose ADHD?
There are some psychological tests used to diagnose ADHD, but not every doctor will use these tests. Doctors may diagnose you over a series of office visits. They’ll ask you about your current functioning and other mental health conditions, as well as other targeted questions. Have you experienced symptoms like ineffectiveness at school and work over the years? Have these symptoms been snowballing over time to the point where you’re depressed or anxious? Do you remember certain ADHD symptoms present in childhood, like inattention and impulsivity? Because ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that presents itself in childhood, your doctor will take into account your medical history starting from childhood.
Is ADHD in Adults Treatable?
Thankfully, ADHD is one of the most treatable neuropsychiatric conditions. Exercise and good nutrition are key for successful ADHD treatment. Extra dopamine can also help ADHD patients, and this can be found in stimulant and non-stimulant medications.
Where should you start when seeking medical advice for ADHD or other mental health conditions? Read Hospitality Health ER’s blog here.