Recognizing ADHD in Adults

It is common to consider ADHD as a condition that children face. However, adults can struggle with ADHD too. In fact, while ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders in children, it can often persist into adulthood.

ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, refers to a chronic condition of attention difficulty, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior. Compared to kids, adults tend to have more subtle symptoms of ADHD, and some sufferers may not even realize they have it. For example, you may just label yourself as messy or always late when in fact, you could have symptoms of ADHD.

While the exact cause of ADHD is still being heavily researched, there are effective treatment modalities available for both kids and adults who suffer. Treatment for ADHD can be life-changing for many adults, especially those who face challenges in their careers, relationships and other facets of life due to their poor focus or impulsivity.

If you are concerned that you or your loved have ADHD, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you struggle to stay organized at home and/or your workplace? 
  • Do you have a history of speeding tickets, distracted driving or traffic accidents?
  • Does your spouse or partner complain of your poor listening skills or failure to honor commitments?
  • Do you find it hard to perform in your job when your environment is noisy or busy?
  • Do you frequently miss appointments or other obligations due to poor listening?
  • Do you find yourself feeling restless, “edgy” or unable to fully relax? 
  • Do you often procrastinate on starting a new project or task?
  • Do you struggle with time management or frequently show up late? 
  • Do you get angry easily or have sudden outbursts?

If you answered yes to the above questions, it doesn’t mean you necessarily have ADHD. However, it may mean that you need to be properly diagnosed by a physician who specializes in ADHD treatment. At Clear Wellness Group, we realize the limitations and frustrations that adults face due to untreated or unmanaged ADHD. We invite you to explore our multidisciplinary approach to managing adult ADHD and other disorders, which includes addressing both the mind and body. Call our Chicago clinic today!