ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and many people have heard of this term; however it is commonly associated with children who are hyperactive, have trouble sitting still and paying attention. But adults have ADHD too and they had it since childhood. Many adults go undiagnosed because the condition was not picked up when they were younger.
Adults who have ADHD may find it more difficult than normal to follow instructions, remember information, have difficulties with listening, concentration, focus and attention, organization and prioritization of tasks, responsibilities, datelines and time management and procrastination. This can impact upon daily functioning, work and studies to a certain degree which may also lead to low self-esteem, low motivation, anxiety, stress, depressed feelings, boredom, impulsivity, anger, frustration, and a low threshold for negative feelings.
Some adults may opt for medication to help them with their symptoms whilst others may choose therapy and other forms of management. The choice for medication is a personal one and can be discussed with your mental health practitioner. ADHD symptoms vary between individuals and there are so many ways to cope and manage with your symptoms. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and to discuss all the available support and resources to help you adapt and manage your symptoms.