Adult ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a behavioral disorder that is characterized by distractibility, impulsivity, and/or hyperactivity. This condition can have a significantly negative impact on an adult's ability to make and keep relationships and perform well at work and/or in the community in general.

Although there is no single cause for ADHD, there are a number of biological and social factors that seem to increase the risk of a person developing the disorder. ADHD affects from 2%-6% of adults. While this disorder is thought to afflict more boys than girls in childhood, it seems to occur in men and women equally. About 60% of children with ADHD continue to have some symptoms of the disorder as an adult, and about 50% continue to suffer from symptoms that are numerous and severe enough to continue to qualify for the diagnosis of ADHD.

Adults with ADHD may show little to no evidence of suffering from hyperactivity. Symptoms of inattention include making careless mistakes, trouble paying attention during work or leisure activities, not seeming to be listening when spoken to directly, and being forgetful or easily distracted. Examples of hyperactivity/impulsivity include frequent fidgetiness, trouble staying seated, feeling restless, trouble engaging in leisure activities quietly, engaging in multiple activities at once, as well as talking or interrupting excessively.

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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/27/2014