Adults can have ADHD

Many people who have heard of ADHD may think of hyperactive children who struggle paying attention or have issues with impulsivity. Adults can have ADHD too. About 5% of adults in the United States have it, but few are diagnosed and treated.

Every adult who has ADHD had it as a child.  While many kids with ADHD outgrow it, about 60% still have symptoms that persist into adulthood. Adult ADHD symptoms can include:

  • difficulty concentrating
  • high procrastination tendencies
  • difficulty with transitions
  • acting without thinking
  • an inability to sit still
  • interrupting others during conversations

Tips and Tricks for Living with ADHD

  • Be Realistic: You may not be able to do everything yourself, so delegate where you can and make yourself a daily task list to stay productive
  • Home Organization: Have designated areas in your home for items such as keys, phone, glasses, wallet, and papers to allow for less chaos when starting your day
  • Minimize Distractions: Keep only what you’re working on in front of you and keep your work area free of excess clutter
  • One Task at a Time: Set a timer for 15 minutes, give yourself a break and finish the project later. This may help you get started on projects that you’ve been procrastinating.

Interested in learning more? Check out this excellent book – “The Disorganized Mind: Coaching Your ADHD Brain to Take Control of Your Time, Tasks, and Talents” by Nancy Ratey

If ADHD is getting in the way of living your best life, do not hesitate to seek further evaluation and treatment.  Well Coast Medical has mental health specialists that are ready to help! We offer anxiety therapy and anxiety treatment, so call us at (833) 931-1716 to learn more when you are ready to take your first step towards healing.

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