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Adult ADHD: It is not just for kids anymore

ADHD is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. We have all heard about this in relation to kids but did you know it can it occurs in adults?

It is estimated that about 8 million adults in the United States have Adult ADHD and fewer than 20% are actually getting medical treatment.  It is the second most common psychiatric disorder in adults following depression.

Symptoms of Adult ADHD vary and are not as evident as they are in children.  Symptoms also are unique for each person.  You may have a difficult time concentrating or staying focused on tasks. You may have a hard time paying attention to things that are not interesting to you and become easily frustrated or inpatient when having to deal with these tasks.   You may find that you are constantly late, disorganized, and feel overwhelmed with your responsibilities.

Do you have a difficult time paying bills on time? Do you procrastinate? Do you have a hard time finishing tasks?  Do you have a hard time controlling impulses?  Do you become agitated while waiting in line or driving in traffic which leads you to have mood swings and angry outbursts?

So we have all experienced these symptoms to some degree in our lives but the difference is when these symptoms occur almost on a daily basis and disrupts areas in your life, then it could adult ADHD…

Undiagnosed ADHD can affect careers, relationships, health and your self-esteem.

The good news is that there is treatment, just like in kids. So if a time out is not working for you, see your doctor.