Experiencing difficultly focusing on one thing at a time, struggling to follow directions and becoming easily distracted are all symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It’s estimated to affect 4% of adults in the US and around 20% of children.
This week, September 14-20 is ADHD Awareness Week. While much of the focus of ADHD is on children, adults are affected as well.
Some adults have had ADHD all their lives without knowing. Finding out what’s wrong can bring a feeling of relief and help resolve negative feelings about the past. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), adults with ADHD may have a history of failure in school, work or relationships. Sometimes, adults with ADHD have had multiple traffic accidents.
To receive a diagnosis of ADHD as an adult, you typically must have had ADHD symptoms that began in childhood and continued. To assist with the diagnosis, mental health professionals may interview spouses, parents or close friends. Treating ADHD in adulthood can involve medication and psychotherapy.
For ADHD support:
- Text “ADHD” to 87415 on any mobile device to access the Concerta’s Mobile Web, offering an interactive symptom screener and one-click ability to speak with trained professionals, as well as other resources.
- Join ADHD Allies on Facebook.
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