Most every American by now has at least some understanding of what attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is. Because of trends in diagnosis, many of us associate the disorder with children who suffer from concentration deficits, but the truth is that research in ADHD continues to evolve and our understanding about proper treatment is beginning to catch up with our relatively recent improvement in the ability to diagnose it.
They’re still great debate about whether or not ADHD is in fact a condition, or perhaps just a set of symptoms that grow out of other mental health states. With children, the focus is usually on their hyperactivity, their difficulty in paying attention and excess hyperactivity.
For a number of reasons, the effects of ADHD tend to be less pronounced in adults. As the brain develops, and our ability to use coping skills improves, success in controlling our brains does tend to improve. Still, studies indicate that seven out of every 10 childhood ADHD sufferers will continue to have struggles that continue into adulthood.
This usually manifests itself in the form of restlessness, inattention, some impulsive behaviors that can be damaging to relationships and even finances. And this can cause quite a bit of confusion for those who are adults struggling with these things, but were not successfully diagnosed with ADHD when they were children.
Our friends at The Reynolds Clinic have shared with us a list of things to know about ADHD in adults. These make for a practical guide for those folks who did not get a childhood diagnosis, but might be struggling with a wide range of daily tasks and have resulting confusion about why that is. It’s important to remember that outsider perception that ADHD sufferers are in some way lazy or not applying themselves, or just not true. These struggles happen despite the effort to control focus.
You’ve probably encountered some of these adults in your own workplace. For example, have you ever worked with someone who has frequent mood swings? Maybe someone who is chronically late to work, or can never seem to keep up with task deadlines. It’s easy to feel frustrated with people like this, especially if you don’t feel any of these struggles yourself, but the truth is that much of it is beyond the control of the individual’s brain.
That doesn’t mean there’s no hope! In fact, holistic treatment of the underlying symptoms holds great promise for people who are trying to prevail through ADHD. Certain inexpensive supplements are helpful, definite diet changes can make a big difference, and slowly an adult can begin to overcome some of the worst of it.
We recommend that anyone who finds procrastination, restlessness, and mood issues to be a regular part of their day seek out treatment with a professional. This doesn’t necessarily mean a bunch of pharmaceuticals get thrown at the problem! In fact, savvy professionals understand that treating the symptoms alone is no long-term solution.