Adult ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) - Symptoms

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What are symptoms and signs of adult ADHD?

As a result of maturity, adults with ADHD may show little to no evidence of suffering from hyperactivity. For those who do, the symptoms and signs of hyperactivity as well as impulsivity and inattention associated with adult ADHD are generally similar to those in children and adolescents. However, how those symptoms are demonstrated tend to vary with age. Symptoms of ADHD include the following:

Inattention:

  • Often makes careless mistakes or fails to pay adequate attention to detail
  • Trouble paying attention during work or leisure activities
  • Does not seem to be listening when spoken to directly
  • Frequently fails to complete instructions or to complete work tasks or chores
  • Often has trouble organizing a task or activity
  • Frequently avoids, dislikes, or resists participating in tasks that require sustained focus
  • Often loses things needed to complete tasks or activities
  • Easily distracted by extraneous input or unrelated thoughts
  • Often forgetful

Hyperactivity/impulsivity:

  • Often fidgety or taps hands or feet
  • Frequently has trouble staying seated
  • Often feels restless
  • Has trouble engaging in leisure activities quietly
  • Engages in multiple activities at once
  • Talks excessively
  • Frequently interrupts others talking
  • Trouble waiting his or her turn
  • Often intrudes on others
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Comment from: mittsmoomoo, 19-24 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 28

Life is so much more difficult for this young man with ADHD, he can"t focus, he has trouble taking simple orders, he forgets things, he needs to be reminded every day the same things that are so easy for others like take the trash out, take a shower, do laundry, etc. He has social problems, excessive behavior, impulsive behavior, many tasks sit unfinished. He feels very agitated most days, these are just a few things that he experiences in daily life.

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