Ella. Age: 21.
But, as a medical condition, it is not so easily described. Parents will often struggle to distinguish between what might be considered "normal" rambunctiousness and inattention and the genuine inability to sit still and focus. And sometimes, ADHD doesn't get diagnosed until later in life. An adult who always struggled to stay on task may be surprised to learn that the underlying reason stems from ADHD.
Zendaya. Age: 23.
ADHD in Adults
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD affects about 5 percent of children, and about half of them will carry those symptoms into adulthood, says the American Psychiatric Association. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that numbers are even higher in smaller community samples. On top of that, many adults with ADHD have never been diagnosed. Untreated ADHD can cause numerous mental and physical problems that can put a strain on relationships and cause difficulties in many aspects of everyday life.
Eliana. Age: 32.
ADHD Symptoms in Adults: ADD Checklist & Test
Download Fact Sheet. It is important to ultimately gaining control over symptoms that wreak havoc in your life, personally and professionally. Finding a clinician that is especially familiar with ADHD is key to a good diagnosis.
Symptoms of ADHD often continue into adulthood, however, and left untreated these symptoms can negatively impact daily activities and wreak havoc on relationships and work situations. Because ADHD can be difficult to diagnose and so many believe that ADHD is a childhood condition, many adults attribute their struggles to stress or the fast-paced world of today, when instead they may be symptoms of undiagnosed ADHD. In fact, symptoms of ADHD can emerge as early as a child's preschool years.