Adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity that interferes with daily functioning. Individuals with untreated Adult ADHD in New York often find themselves day dreaming, losing focus, fidgety, and on the go. It is common for a person with Adult ADHD to struggle at work, finding themselves disorganized and unable to complete tasks. They may also find daily tasks overwhelming, having a negative impact on their personal relationships. Untreated ADHD can lead to feelings of depression and the gut-wrenching feeling that they’re not living up to their potential.
Some people with ADHD have fewer symptoms as they age, but some adults continue to have major symptoms that interfere with daily functioning. In adults, the main features of ADHD may include difficulty paying attention, impulsiveness and restlessness. Symptoms can range from mild to severe. Many adults with ADHD aren’t aware they have it — they just know that everyday tasks can be a challenge. Adults with ADHD may find it difficult to focus and prioritize, leading to missed deadlines and forgotten meetings or social plans. The inability to control impulses can range from impatience waiting in line or driving in traffic to mood swings and outbursts of anger.
• Disorganization and problems prioritizing
• Poor time management skills
• Problems focusing on a task
• Trouble multitasking
• Excessive activity or restlessness
• Poor planning
• Low frustration tolerance
• Frequent mood swings
• Problems following through and completing tasks
• Hot temper
• Trouble coping with stress
Treatment for Adult ADHD utilizes medications that act on neurotransmitters in the brain associated with motivation, pleasure, and attention. These stimulant medications boost concentration and focus, reducing the problematic symptoms of Adult ADHD. In conjunction with managing medications for Adult ADHD, it can be beneficial to work with a life optimization coach to hone your skills and learn how to best work with your ADHD diagnosis, it can work to your advantage!
Diagnosing Adult ADHD in women is less common than in men, primarily due to the way symptoms present. There are various types of Adult ADHD – primarily inattention, hyperactivity, and a combination type. Hyperactivity ADHD is the easiest to recognize as there are obvious visual indicators; women tend to exhibit inattentive ADHD, which is a bit more difficult to identify. Women with Adult ADHD often have a difficult time focusing and paying attention to details and experience organizational challenges. Adult ADHD in women can cause feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem, thus sometimes being misdiagnosed as anxiety or depression. If you think you have been mis-diagnosed or have undiagnosed Adult ADHD, give us a call to set up a consultation. You can read more about Adult ADHD in Women here.
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