It was formerly believed that children outgrew their ADHD symptoms in adolescence but we now know that at least sixty percent of adults maintain some of their impairing core symptoms into adulthood. Some adults with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder may have been diagnosed with ADHD in childhood and some may have received treatment at that time, however many adults are still unaware that their difficulties are caused by ADHD. In recent years, awareness of adult ADHD has increased leading to more diagnoses however research tells us that the vast majority of adults with ADHD still remain undiagnosed and untreated. Perhaps not surprisingly it is most common for adults to be diagnosed after their children are diagnosed.
ADHD can substantially impact almost all aspects of an adult’s life: work, home, relationships, finances and mental and physical health. Although generalized symptoms help us to diagnose the disorder, exactly how these symptoms impact the individual depends on many factors: type, severity, other personality traits, other coexisting disorders and learned healthy or unhealthy strategies.
At the same time, many people with ADHD are highly intelligent, and have great gifts that exist along with their ADHD, but are not caused by their ADHD. Many people with ADHD feel that they are able to think “outside the box” and credit this skill to their ADHD.
Potential ADHD traits that can be perceived as positive:
- Increased creativity
- High energy level
- Ability to hyper focus
- Orientated to action
- Ability to focus in a crisis
- Entertaining/class clown
Educating yourself about what ADHD is and more importantly how it impacts you as an individual is the most important first step in the treatment process. Educating your family is the next step. To help accomplish this access documents seen in the left hand tool bar, our videos of past educational session on YouTube and our current educational sessions and webinars as well as past recorded webinars.