ADHD – Part 2: Prevalence in adults

ADHD – Part 2: Prevalence in adults

ADHD (Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) is commonly associated with children. But adults may also have ADHD and those who suffer from the disorder must have had it in their childhood. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), about 60 percent of children with ADHD continue to have it in adulthood. Moreover, ADHD affects men and women alike.

In this series on ADHD, we discussed about the disorder affecting children in the first article. The second article discusses how ADHD affects adults.

Symptoms and problems faced by adults with ADHD

People with ADHD often face many challenges in life. The most common issues an adult with ADHD may face include the following:

  • Not following given directions
  • Unable to concentrate
  • Reluctant to organize tasks and schedules
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Chronic boredom
  • Trouble in controlling anger
  • Low self-esteem and mood swings
  • Substance abuse or addiction

No two people with ADHD are the same. They may have different symptoms of the disorder. Although many a times, a patient may be able to concentrate on those things he is interested in, he can face problems in other areas of work. A person with ADHD may keep changing jobs and can constantly complain about work conditions. He or she might have repeated altercations with colleagues or supervisors.

In personal life, individuals with ADHD may be reckless drivers. They may be chronic smokers and use alcohol or drugs frequently. Besides, ADHD patients may have more marital problems and may get separated or divorced more easily.

Medications for ADHD

Stimulants are widely used for people with ADHD. Stimulants that are commonly used to treat ADHD include dexmethylphenidate (Focalin), dextroamphetamine (Adderall), lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) and methylphenidate (Concerta, Ritalin, Quillivant).

Stimulants should be taken as prescribed, otherwise they can eventually become a habit, triggering an addiction. There are also some non-stimulant medications that are used for ADHD, such as atomoxetine (Strattera), guanfacine (Intuniv) and clonidine (Kapvay).

People with ADHD may benefit from various talk therapies. They may also get life coaching to have a goal in life and to learn how to organize the tasks and duties. ADHD patients may excel in their chosen fields if they follow treatments and take medicines regularly.

ADHD is curable

ADHD is a treatable disorder. However, anxiety often accompanies ADHD and treatment of anxiety is a must for ADHD management. If you are looking for ADHD or anxiety treatment in Florida, the Florida Helpline for Anxiety can help you get one of the best anxiety treatment centers in Florida. You can chat online with our representatives or call our 24/7 helpline at (855) 920-9834 for more information.

Read the other articles of the series “ADHD”:

Part 1: ADHD in children