Getting to Know ADHD and Its Main Symptoms in Adults & Children Lifestyle – 4 hours ago


Jakarta, CNBC IndonesiaAttention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood. This condition is usually first diagnosed in childhood and often continues into adulthood.

Children with ADHD generally have difficulty paying attention, controlling impulsive behavior (perhaps acting without thinking about the consequences), or being overly active.

ADHD in adults can cause unstable relationships, poor performance at work or school, low self-esteem, and other problems.


Common symptoms of ADHD in adults

In some cases, ADHD is not detected or diagnosed until the person is an adult. ADHD symptoms in adults may not be as obvious as ADHD symptoms in children. In adults, hyperactivity symptoms may decrease, but other symptoms may persist.

The following are common symptoms of ADHD in adults as quoted from the Mayo Clinic:

  • Impulsive
  • Poor time management skills
  • Difficulty focusing on a task
  • Difficulty doing many tasks at once
  • Nervous
  • It’s easy to get frustrated
  • Frequent mood swings
  • Difficulty completing assignments
  • Easy to get angry
  • Difficulty dealing with stress

If you look at the list of symptoms above, almost everyone has symptoms similar to ADHD at some time in their life. What’s important to note, ADHD is diagnosed only when the symptoms are severe enough to cause serious problems in your life.

Diagnosing ADHD in adults can be difficult because certain ADHD symptoms are similar to symptoms caused by other conditions, such as anxiety disorders. And many adults with ADHD also have at least one other mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety.

Symptoms of ADHD in children

A child with ADHD may exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Daydreaming a lot
  • Often forgets or loses many things
  • Nervous
  • Talking too much
  • Making careless mistakes or taking unnecessary risks
  • It’s hard to resist temptation
  • Having difficulty getting along with other people

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