According to recent research, approx. 5-6% of the adult population has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, but few adults get diagnosed or treated for it.
The Mayo Clinic shares this information about ADHD:
Adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health disorder that includes a combination of persistent problems, such as difficulty paying attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior. Adult ADHD can lead to unstable relationships, poor work or school performance, low self-esteem, and other problems. Though it’s called adult ADHD, symptoms start in early childhood and continue into adulthood. In some cases, ADHD is not recognized or diagnosed until the person is an adult. Adult ADHD symptoms may not be as clear as ADHD symptoms in children. In adults, hyperactivity may decrease, but struggles with impulsiveness, restlessness and difficulty paying attention may continue.
In my previous work as a family therapist, I met with children and adults who were dealing with the impact of ADHD on behavior, relationships, and success. For many adults with ADHD, it’s an overwhelming experience that has confused and disoriented them for most of their lives. But thankfully, that doesn’t have to be the case. There are many ways adults can learn to leverage ADHD and turn it into a tool for great success and productivity. To read more from Kathy Caprino, click here.