Understanding ADHD (or ADD) in adults

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) -previously known as ADD- is not just a problem in children. If you were diagnosed with childhood ADHD or ADD, chances are, you’ve carried at least some of the symptoms into adulthood. But even if you were never diagnosed with ADHD as a child, that doesn’t mean you can’t be affected by it as an adult, ADHD: It’s not just for kids.

ADHD often goes unrecognized throughout childhood. This was especially common in the past, when few people were aware of ADHD or ADD. Instead of recognizing your symptoms and identifying the real issue, your family, teachers, or other parents may have labeled you a dreamer, a goof-off, a slacker, or just a poor student.

Alternately, you may have been able to compensate for the symptoms of ADHD when you were young, only to run into problems as your responsibilities increase. The more balls you’re trying to keep in the air—pursuing a career, raising a family, running a household—the greater the demand on your abilities to organize, focus, and remain calm. This can be challenging for anyone, but if you have ADHD, it   may feel downright impossible.

The good news is that, no matter how it feels, the challenges of attention deficit disorder can be overcome.  With education, support, and a little creativity, you can learn to manage the symptoms of adult ADHD—even turning some of your weaknesses into strengths. It’s never too late to turn the difficulties of adult ADHD around and start succeeding on your own terms.

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