Adults Who Struggle With Unrecognized ADHD
Life can be very difficult for us all at times however for those adults who have ADHD which is unrecognised, life can be extremely hard and overwhelming at times. Many everyday tasks which most of us take for granted can be very time consuming and stressful for those who struggle with undiagnosed ADHD.
Life can be very difficult for the loved ones of adults who are undiagnosed as they will find it difficult to cope with the tempestuous and fidgety nature of their loved ones. Also there is a higher rate of crime committal in adult ADHD sufferers which is not to say that all ADHD sufferers are criminals! Far from it!
ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. This is a term which is so often associated with “naughty” and disruptive children. It is however a condition and not just boisterous behaviour for the sake of it. It is important to note that ADHD can show up at any point in life however as just because you have not been given a diagnosis as a child, this does not mean that you cannot be diagnosed in adulthood. Awareness of the condition has been greatly heightened in the past few years and this can only be a good thing.
So What are the Symptoms?
Have you or someone around you been feeling distracted, disorganised, forgetful and constantly stressed? Do you find it difficult to concentrate on even the easiest day to day task? Are you finding it difficult to cope and to settle in various areas of your life? Do you have problems finishing jobs you’ve started? Are romantic relationships suffering? If any of this applies to you or to someone close to you it might be time to speak to your GP about getting a diagnosis.
Don’t think that you are troubling your doctor or that you just have a personality “quirk”. You need to take your symptoms seriously and build up a bigger picture. There is plenty which can be done for adults who have undiagnosed ADHD, but first they have to be diagnosed!
In adults, ADHD tends to present differently than is does in children and teenagers. Further to this, each individual will have varying and sometimes quite unique symptoms to them. What follows is a list of some of the most common symptoms.
- Inability to concentrate or to concentrate for prolonged periods
- Trouble focusing
- Losing interest during conversations
- Being distracted from tasks and conversations
- Having difficulty in completing tasks
- Inattention to detail
- Poor memory
- Addictive tendencies
- Talking over others
- Lack of self control
- Emotional issues and problems