Understanding ADHD in Adults & Recognizing Symptoms

Applied Behavior Analysis, Bipolar & Mood Disorders

ADHD is undoubtedly a complicated disorder, and therefore one that’s often misunderstood. When most people think of ADHD, they think of the child who can’t sit still in their desk at school or the teenager that acts out impulsively, always getting into trouble. In fact, it used to be believed that children grew out of ADHD.

However, due to advances in science and growing awareness of modern research, more people are beginning to recognize ADHD as a lifelong issue that carries into adulthood. In fact, it’s believed that approximately 60% of children with ADHD carry their disorder into their adult years.

It’s estimated that there are over 8 million adults in the US today who have ADHD. However, only about 20% have received an official diagnosis. At Emerge in Denver, we see ADHD in patients at all various stages in life and from different backgrounds. Fortunately, living with ADHD as an adult is very possible and many adults enjoy happy, successful careers and relationships in their lives.

The Importance of Diagnosing Adult ADHD

Many mental health professionals now realize that they need to keep an eye out for possible symptoms of ADHD, regardless of their patients’ age. Without treatment, adults with ADHD often struggle with various aspects of their life, including their careers, relationships, and day-to-day tasks like driving or visiting the grocery store. Additionally, there is some speculation about the link between ADHD and substance abuse and ADHD and depression.

Knowing what to look for to spot ADHD in adulthood and conducting an official evaluation and diagnosis can help afflicted adults and their loved ones properly identify the root cause of their struggles and find different avenues for coping with ADHD.

Potential Signs of ADHD in Adults

Symptoms of ADHD in adults tend to vary, but do share some commonalities. Some of the warning signs of ADHD in adult age include:

  • Difficulty focusing or paying attention
  • Racing thoughts and short attention spans
  • Trouble staying organized
  • Hyperactivity or an inability to relax
  • Forgetfulness
  • Easily irritated or angered
  • Difficulty starting or finishing a task
  • Anxiety, depression, or mood swings

Of course, this list is by no means exhaustive or meant to serve as a way of diagnosing ADHD. A proper diagnosis by a mental health professional or doctor is necessary to be sure. However, if you feel that you or your loved one is experiencing many of the symptoms described above, you may want to consider speaking to a doctor about your situation. Or you can schedule an appointment at our office for an attention screening.

Speak to a Professional

To speak to an expert about your situation or learn more about services available for ADHD in Denver, please contact our office. We would be more than happy to chat in detail about your circumstances or schedule a time for you to come in for a visit.