ADHD in Adults Overview


ADHD in adults is one of the most common misdiagnosed conditions. There are as many as 8 million adults with ADHD in the USA (about 1 in 25 adults in the USA). Almost 60 percent of children with ADHD maintain the disorder in adulthood. It is important to diagnose ADHD in adults and get correct treatment, as ADHD affects work, social and even personal relationships.

Adult ADHD can be comorbid with anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder, further complicating diagnosis and treatment.



ADHD Inattentive
  • Often making careless mistakes when having to work on uninteresting or difficult projects
  • Often having difficulty keeping attention during work, or holding down a job for a significant amount of time
  • Often having difficulty concentrating on conversations
  • Having trouble finishing projects that have already been started
  • Often having difficulty organizing for the completion of tasks
  • Avoiding or delaying in starting projects that require a lot of thought
  • Often misplacing or having difficulty finding things at home or at work
  • Disorganized personal items (sometimes old and useless to the individual) causing excessive “clutter” (in the home, car, etc.)
  • Often distracted by activity or noise
  • Often having problems remembering appointments or obligations, or inconveniently changing plans on a regular basis
ADHD Hyperactive-Impulsive
  • Tendency to interrupt in conversation
  • Difficulty sitting still or frequent subjective feelings of restlessness
  • Tendency to choose highly active, often risky jobs
  • Seeking constant activity
  • Frequent feelings of boredom
  • Self-destructive, risk seeking behavior including addictions
  • Intolerant to frustration, easily irritated
  • Impulsive, snap decisions and irresponsible behaviors
  • Tendency to be short fused
ADHD, Combined Individuals display both inattentive and hyperactive/impulsive


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