Living with ADHD as an adult can be challenging, especially if your condition is undiagnosed. ADHD begins presenting in childhood, but thousands of people fail to receive a diagnosis as kids, and continue into adulthood without any symptom management or relief. Adults with ADHD often experience anxiety, depression, problems at work, issues in personal relationships, and more as a result of their condition. Since so many adults with ADHD are unaware they have it, it's important to be able to recognize the common signs and symptoms of ADHD so you can educate yourself and identify any symptoms that you may be experiencing.
Here are the most common signs and symptoms of ADHD, as identified by the Mayo Clinic.
Difficulty paying attention - can be difficult to focus when completing a task and prioritizing may be a challenge
Restlessness & fidgeting
Poor time management skills
Frequent mood swings
Difficulty following through and completing tasks
While just about everyone experiences some of these symptoms at some point in their lives, what sets ADHD apart is that these symptoms are ongoing, interfere with multiple parts of your life (social/professional etc.), and can usually be traced back to childhood.
If these symptoms resonate with you and your experiences, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor about ADHD and get tested for it. If you need help taking the first step, we recommend seeing Dr. David Deichert here at SageMED. Dr. Deichert is our resident ADHD expert, and has been effectively treating both children and adults with ADHD for years.