Adult ADHD And Its Links To Other Psychiatric Disorders
ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder often presents in conjunction with other psychiatric problems, for example bipolar disorder or a learning disability. It is important therefore to get a thorough diagnosis and to always ask for a second opinion if you are in doubt. Adults with ADHD can lead fulfilling and perfectly “normal” lives with the right help and medication. Here are some disorders which are most commonly linked to ADHD.
A learning disability can present in a sufferer of ADHD even though their general intelligence level is perfectly good. An adult with ADHD could have been suffering from learning difficulties since they were a young child but have never been diagnosed due to the fact that they were written off as a naughty and badly behaved child. An adult with the condition may have difficulty spelling, counting and writing. Often dyslexia is a problem.
If an individual is given treatment however, their learning disability, depending on what it is can be overcome at least to an extent.
This is a neurological disorder which presents as physical and vocal tics. The sufferer may repeatedly blink, grimace, twitch, grunt out words and so on repeatedly. Often this can be very socially embarrassing as the sufferer has no control over these involuntary actions. Tourette syndrome can be treated effectively with medication.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Oppositional Defiant Disorder is a pattern of hostile and defiant behaviour towards figures of authority.
Conduct disorder is a serious problem where physical aggression and bullying is common. Stealing and vandalising go hand in hand with this unfortunate condition. This disorder needs rapid treatment as it can potentially become antisocial personality disorder and the sufferer is more at risk of developing drug and alcohol addictions along with problems with the law.
Depression and Anxiety
Adults who suffer from ADHD tend to experience periods of emotional upset, anxiety and depression. These problems need treatment in order to keep the individual healthy and stress free.
These conditions can present in similar ways and it is important to speak to your doctor about this if you feel you may have bipolar disorder as well as ADHD. Bipolar disorder presents as extreme mood swings of soaring highs and plummeting lows. This is a serious condition which cannot be controlled without medication.
There is so much help out there for those who are affected by ADHD. There are new drugs and therapies coming out all the time. This is a condition which does not need to ruin your life!