Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a lifelong condition. Core symptoms include inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. 2.5% of the adult population meet
the criteria for Adult ADHD.
A person with ADHD may typically:
- describe having always struggled to concentrate
- be easily distracted
- describe chronic procrastination and a lifelong catalogue of incomplete tasks or activities
- have a chaotic and disorganised lifestyle
- continuously misplace and lose important items
- persistently fidget and struggle to remain still for long periods
- describe an uncomfortable feeling of inner restlessness and problems relaxing
- struggle to "switch off"
- require high levels of stimulation almost all of the time
- be extremely impatient and become very easily frustrated if expected to wait their turn
- experience rapid mood changes often within the same day
To have ADHD as an adult, there must be evidence that symptoms were present in childhood.
The symptoms of ADHD can lead to problems in areas such as:
- day to day tasks such as managing finances, household chores and keeping important appointments
- sleep patterns
- self esteem
- risk taking behaviours