Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a well-known childhood developmental problem, but only recently has the disorder been directly associated with adults. Around 55% of all children diagnosed with ADHD carry the disorder into adulthood. Because of the relatively common symptoms of ADHD, many cases are left untreated.
ADHD is a mental health condition exhibited by difficulty maintaining attention, as well as hyperactivity and impulsive behavior. Symptoms can lead to a number of problems, including unstable relationships, poor work or school performance, and low self-esteem.(“Adult ADHD, 2013). It has been called attention deficit disorder (ADD) and hyperactivity, but ADHD is the preferred term because it combines the two main aspects of the disorder. ADHD is a disorder that always starts in early childhood, it is not typically something that slowly comes about in adults. Treatments used to treat ADHD include: stimulants, medications, counseling, and treatment for any other mental health issues that might contribute to the disorder.
Symptoms of ADHD include but are not limited to; trouble focusing or concentrating, restlessness, impulsivity, difficulty completing tasks, low frustration tolerance, mood swings, unstable relationships, chronic lateness, depression, and employment problems. Many who have the disorder are not aware of it. Some can be withdrawn or anti social, while others can be overly social, going from one relationship to the next. Almost everyone has some symptoms very similar to ADHD, and many of the symptoms can be confused with everyday occurrences, which is why it is important to distinguish the two.
Everyday life can be difficult for those suffering from ADHD. Some things may not come as naturally to them as it does others, such as school, work, social situations, or relationships. Impairments related to school and linked to adult ADHD would include: poor educational performance,...