Today's diary is a classic example of my ADHD. I started it at 9:55 AM EDT and the diary goes up at 10:30 AM EDT. That's nothing new for me. It's a daily thing. Some people "get it" and others say they do, but they really don't. And most never "get it" at all, it's easier to label you.
Prevalence rates for ADHD in adults are not as well determined as rates for children, but fall in the 4% to 5% range.
ADHD affects males at higher rate than females in childhood, but this ratio seems to even out by adulthood.
Adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health condition exhibited by difficulty maintaining attention, as well as hyperactivity and impulsive behavior. Adult ADHD symptoms can lead to a number of problems, including unstable relationships, poor work or school performance, and low self-esteem.
ADHD always starts in early childhood, but in some cases it's not diagnosed until later in life. It was once thought that ADHD was limited to childhood. But symptoms frequently persist into adulthood. For some people, adult ADHD causes significant problems that improve with treatment.
Treatment for adult ADHD is similar to treatment for childhood ADHD, and includes stimulant drugs or other medications, psychological counseling (psychotherapy), and treatment for any mental health conditions that occur along with adult ADHD.
We may be fun to live and we may be hard to live with. We are most certainly interesting to live with. There are things we do that makes us appear to be hyper-focused, but often we're as distractable as a 3 year old.
Common Behaviors and Problems of Adult ADHD
The following behaviors and problems may stem directly from ADHD or may be the result of related adjustment difficulties:
Chronic boredom (check)
Chronic lateness and forgetfulness (check)
Difficulty concentrating when reading (check)
Difficulty controlling anger (check)
Low frustration tolerance (eh)
Low self-esteem (sometimes)
Mood swings ( I don't think I do, but)
Poor organization skills (organize what)
Relationship problems (well)
Substance abuse or addiction ( now, this is one where I don't have a problem)
These behaviors may be mild to severe and can vary with the situation or be present all of the time. Some adults with ADHD may be able to concentrate if they are interested in or excited about what they are doing. Others may have difficulty focusing under any circumstances. Some adults look for stimulation, but others avoid it. In addition, adults with ADHD can be withdrawn and antisocial, or they can be overly social, going from one relationship to the next.
We are just as likely to jump out of planes and dive underwater as other risk takers, we're just not wired to sustain our interest over a long period.