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Signs of Adult ADHD

Learn how to recognize adult ADHD with these 19 signs and symptoms of adult ADHD.

Feelings of Low Self-Worth

People with ADHD may feel they should be able to "do it all" and feel defeated when they can't keep up. Juggling parenting and work responsibilities can simply be overwhelming.

Hypersensitivity to Criticism

High expectations since childhood to be a "good kid" can make people with ADHD more vulnerable to these sensitivities. 

Poor Sense of Time

Time management is often an issue for people with ADHD. They are often running late or over or underestimate the time that is needed for tasks.

Being Emotionally Charged and Easily Upset

Easily upset or frustrated? Emotional issues, including depression and anxiety, are also related to ADHD. It is estimated that one in four adults with ADHD also has symptoms of depression.

Starting Projects, but Unable to Finish Them

Heaps of unfinished projects? Focusing and following through on a project is difficult with ADHD.

Taking on Too Much

On top of work and parenting, there is often the need for people to take on even more tasks like volunteering, helping out with school-related functions, cooking, etc. Difficulty with task management and finishing projects are all too common with ADHD.

Difficulty Remembering Names

Difficulty remembering names? This is also a sign of inattention, a common symptom in ADHD.

Saying Things Without Thinking

Many social issues follow adults with ADHD. Prone to "foot-in-mouth" moments? Saying things without thinking often leads to hurting others' feelings.

Appearing Self-Absorbed

Do your friends get upset with you for interrupting them in conversation or bailing out on plans at the last moment? Appearing selfish is a sign of ADHD.

Poor Math or Writing Skills

Not a numbers person? Some people with ADHD exhibit poor math and reading skills that impacts performance at school.

Seeming to Not Want to Hear What Others Are Saying

Communicating with others can be difficult for people with ADHD. Impulsivity, such as speaking first and thinking later, and inattention, such as being distracted, can make the conversation seem one sided.

Engaging in Unhealthy Behaviors

Impulsivity is a key symptom of ADHD in adults. This may result in overdoing common behaviors to an extreme level making them unhealthy (e.g. shopping, watching TV, eating, drugs or alcohol, etc.).

Problems with Word Retrieval

Difficulty finding the right words? People with ADHD often have that  tip of the tongue experience.

Poor Handwriting

In addition to poor math or writing skills, poor handwriting can be a typical symptom of ADHD.

Difficulty with Boring, Repetitive Tasks

Completing repetitive tasks like laundry, cleaning, and organizing are difficult tasks for people with ADHD.

Spending Too Much Time Ruminating

Getting lost in your thoughts or daydreaming are common among people with ADHD. This ties in with distractibility.

Difficulty Making Decisions

Skim, 1%, 2%, or whole milk? Regular or soy? Grocery shopping is often painful with all the choices available in stores today. Seemingly simple tasks require too much thought or commitment to a singular idea, leading to distraction for people with ADHD.

Difficulty Sitting Still

Easily burnt out? Or do you often fidget? Tiredness and restlessness both are signs of ADHD. Though not so much an issue of a "running motor" as it is in children, fidgety and hyperactive behavior can still occur in adults.

Difficulty Falling Asleep and Waking Up

Many people with ADHD experience sleep disorders that may increase with age.

Progressive Therapy Associates has put together these 19 common signs of Adult ADHD. If you find that one or more of these descriptions are familiar to you or someone you love, we'd like to encourage you to request a FREE Consultation from Progressive Therapy Associates.

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