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How Does ADHD Affect Your Life if You’re an Adult?

Wellness experts used to believe that it was common for children to outgrow ADHD. Unfortunately, a growing amount of evidence in this area implies that this is less of a common outcome that scientists previously thought. ADHD affects adults’ wellness too, often causing them to experience difficulty with time management, organisational skills, goal setting and professional achievement. As an added complication, the mental health condition also impairs your personal life; impacting your self-esteem, self-worth, drive, sense of wellbeing and personal relationships with friends, family and significant others.

If you had ADHD as a child, the chances are that your symptoms were noticeable before you turned seven. The condition is usually diagnosed between the ages of three and seven, as parents notice red flag signs of ADHD such as inattention, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. The first symptom means that you’re easily distracted and unable to follow directions or finish tasks. You probably didn’t like to sit still as a child and made careless mistakes as children with ADHA are often forgetful, lose things and have difficulty organising daily tasks.

Classic hyperactivity symptoms of children with ADHD include constantly squirming, fidgeting, or bouncing while sitting, while the symptom of impulsiveness means you used to relentlessly run and climb on everything, interrupt others, have difficult waiting for your turn and blurted out recklessly. So how does being an adult with ADHD compare to the symptoms that children experience?

If you are an adult with ADHD, you are more likely to experience low-self esteem, excessive procrastination and depression. Sufferers also tend to have lower incomes as well as higher rates of accidents, unplanned pregnancies and substance abuse than those without ADHD. The symptoms often present themselves in the form of chronic lateness, forgetfulness, poor organisational skills and employment problems. Other signs of the condition can even tear apart your personal and professional life, such as blaming, not taking self-responsibility for your actions and anger issues. Therefore, if you think that you may have adult ADHD, it’s important that you look online for more information, and consult your doctor for help and advice on getting your personal life in order.

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