Adult ADHD


Although attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is more prevalent among children (8.4 percent of children) than adults (2.5 percent of adults), the repercussions for an adult can be significant. ADHD/ADD in adults is treatable. But treatment begins with a diagnosis.

The symptoms for adults closely parallel those for children, among them:

While all adults at times might experience these symptoms, they are usually short-lived and situational. If these symptoms persist over six months and are typically part of daily living patterns, it could be advisable to seek a professional diagnosis.

In addition to a medical exam and history to rule out other medical problems, a diagnosis for ADHD/ADD typically involves a checklist of symptoms with a rating scale. The more symptoms and the more frequently you experience them, the more likely you have ADHD/ADD.

In regard to attention deficit, do you have difficulty with any of the following?

  • Paying attention to detail
  • Making careless mistakes
  • Staying focused over time
  • Being easily distracted

  • Listening attentively
  • Completing tasks
  • Getting organized
  • Misplacing items, such as keys or cellphone

  • Missing appointments and deadlines
  • Forgetting daily tasks
  • Avoiding tasks that require prolonged mental effort

Attention deficit and hyperactivity frequently occur together, but not always. Hyperactivity often manifests itself in being fidgety (tapping fingers or pencils), inability to sit still, always on the go, or feeling impatient while waiting in line.

If you see yourself in this checklist, you could have adult ADHD/ADD. Although the causes of ADHD are unknown and the disorder isn’t curable, there are successful treatments to improve your quality of life.

If these behaviors have prevented your ability to advance your career or enjoy relationships with family and friends, you can find help through therapy and medications. Contact Saginaw Psychiatry to schedule an appointment and begin changing your life.