Adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health disorder that includes a combination of persistent problems, such as difficulty paying attention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior. Adult ADHD can lead to unstable relationships, poor work or school performance, low self-esteem, and other problems. At WCWCW, our team of board-certified psychiatrists diagnoses and treats ADHD in children, teens, and adults. To make an appointment at our Bethesda, Maryland, office, call today or use the online booking feature.
Though it's called adult ADHD, symptoms start in early childhood and continue into adulthood. In some cases, ADHD is not recognized or diagnosed until the person is an adult. Adult ADHD symptoms may not be as clear as ADHD symptoms in children. In adults, hyperactivity may decrease, but struggles with impulsiveness, restlessness, and difficulty paying attention may continue.
ADHD is a disorder characterized by hyperactivity, an inability to focus, and fidgeting. It’s most common in children and teenagers but can also affect adults.
If you have ADHD, you might find it difficult to sit still or pay attention for extended periods of time. Without intervention and treatment, ADHD can affect your performance at school or work as well as your personal relationships.
Other symptoms of ADHD can include:
Some people with ADHD have fewer symptoms as they age, but some adults continue to have major symptoms that interfere with daily functioning. In adults, the main features of ADHD may include difficulty paying attention, impulsiveness, and restlessness. Symptoms can range from mild to severe.
Adult ADHD symptoms may include:
ADHD can make life difficult for you. ADHD has been linked to:
WCWCW can help.
Treatment for adult ADHD is similar to treatment for childhood ADHD. Adult ADHD treatment includes medications, psychological counseling (psychotherapy) and treatment for any mental health conditions that occur along with ADHD.
If any of the symptoms listed above continually disrupt your life, you should talk to a psychiatrist about whether you might have ADHD.
To explore the various treatment options for ADHD, make an appointment at WCWCW by calling our office or submitting an online appointment request today.