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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.