Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, also known as ADHD, is being diagnosed in more and more children. However, Adult ADHD seems to go mostly unnoticed or highlighted. There is an estimated 4.4% of adults with ADHD, about four in every 100 adults, while the majority of these adults go undiagnosed.
When adult ADHD goes undiagnosed or untreated, it threatens to have some serious effects such as; impaired relationships, increased rate of unemployment or underachievement at work, social and driving destruction, low self-esteem and lack of self-confidence. Unfortunately, only 11% of adults with symptoms that meet the criteria of ADHD are currently being treated for it, while the rest go unnoticed.
Adult ADHD Symptoms
– Quickly distracted, quickly bored
– Struggle to complete tasks
– Switching from one activity to another
– Poor ability to plan, organise and choose
– Struggle listening and taking in information
– Easily lost in details and loses sight of the broader outline
– Always busy (inability to stop talking or carrying out activities)
– A feeling of inner restlessness or agitation
– Inability to relax peacefully
- Impulsivity :
– Acting without thinking (spending too much money, spending money quickly blurting things out, gambling, stealing, impulsive binges and decision making)
– Impulsive starting or leaving relationships and jobs
How to get help?
To speak to a counselor for FREE telephonic counselling, information and referrals – call the ADHD Helpline on 0800 55 44 33 between 08:00 and 20:00. They are open seven days a week, 365 days a year. Self-help tips & online resources at www.sadag.org