Signs and symptoms of ADHD in adults can be hard to spot. However, core symptoms start early in life — before age 12 — and continue into adulthood, creating major problems. Some medical conditions or treatments may cause signs and symptoms similar to those of ADHD. Examples include:. Standard treatments for ADHD in adults typically involve medication, education, skills training and psychological counseling. A combination of these is often the most effective treatment.
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults: What You Need to Know
Adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) - Diagnosis and treatment - Mayo Clinic
Treatment of adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
Adult ADHD symptoms include difficulty with time management, memory, organization, emotional regulation, and more. Learn about our editorial process. ADHD was historically considered a childhood condition, but it is now recognized as a lifelong condition that persists well into adulthood. Individuals with ADHD may receive a diagnosis in childhood or well into adulthood.
Reprinted with permission from ADDitude Magazine. Studies show that adult attention deficit disorder ADD ADHD is treated successfully with a combination of medication and behavior therapy. But not all adults diagnosed with attention deficit embrace ADHD treatment. Many see their ADD-related traits of creativity, ability to multi-task, and entrepreneurial energy as germane to who they are and their successes in life. As it was for the thousands of Americans who lived this scenario last year, an ADD diagnosis in adulthood rarely comes as a complete surprise, and often carries with it a mixed bag of emotions.