The Consequences of Untreated Adult ADHD
ADHD can be a worrying condition for both children and adults alike. Around 50 or 60 percent of all kids with the disorder take it with them into adulthood. This can cause a whole new set of problems for the individual and for those around them too if their condition remains untreated.
The unfortunate fact is that untreated ADHD can lead to and go hand in hand with some serious mental health problems such as clinical depression. Depression is like falling into an abyss and the fact that an individual’s behaviour is already seen as being out with “the norm” by those around them only serves to compound these dark feelings and thoughts.
Other conditions such as anxiety are linked to ADHD along with bipolar disorder and its characteristic depression / mania mood swings. Any individual who feels that they have a problem with their mental or emotional health must see their doctor as soon as they can.
Due to the fact that individuals with untreated ADHD often “zone out” and find concentrating on longer conversations very difficult, there can be a very negative impact on personal relationships. Quick to anger and frustrated easily, a partner of an untreated ADHD individual can begin to feel hated and that they never do anything right. The partner will not understand what is happening within the ADHD individual and this can cause the breakdown or damage of a relationship.
Further to this, the same is true in the work environment. Many untreated individuals find it difficult or impossible to hold down a job due to their symptoms. Again if this is ringing alarm bells within you, it is time to seek help. The ADHD individual will have difficulties in accepting direction, in concentration and so on.
Financially speaking, there can be problems too. An ADHD individual may have the tendency to forget about paying bills or to sweep them under the carpet as it were. This can cause legal problems and visits from debt collection agencies.
So you see that for those with ADHD life can be so very hard. However with coping strategies utilised alongside therapy and medication, life can become so much easier for the individual and consequently for those around them.