ADULT ATTENTION DEFICIT: HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER
Hyperactivity in adults is often seen as:
- Fidgeting. Typically they swing their legs, shift in their seats, or tap their fingers.
- Constant motion. They feel “revved up,” on the go, and show little or no ability to relax until exhausted.
- An inability to relax. They have difficulty trying to relax or to do quiet activities such as reading or watching television.
Inattention in adults is often seen as:
- Difficulty completing tasks that they do not find interesting or easy. However, these adults may become obsessed with activities that are interesting and enjoyable.
- Difficulty maintaining relationships.
- Difficulty focusing their attention on conversations, reading materials, or jobs. They may frequently move from one job to another.
- Forgetfulness, misplacement, or loss of things.
Symptoms of ADHD may affect an adult’s:
- Job performance. Their work performance may be inconsistent because they have problems organizing their work, managing their time, and concentrating on one task at a time. They may be forgetful and misplace or lose things. They may quit their jobs out of boredom.
- Personal relationships. Relationships may suffer for adults who have problems focusing their attention on conversations, “reading” the behavior and moods of others, and expressing their own feelings.
- Temper. Becoming easily frustrated often is related to having difficulty tolerating stress. These adults may overreact and have a short, quick temper.
- Problem-solving ability. Adults who have difficulty waiting for things they want may not be able to accurately foresee the consequences of their actions. As a result, they may engage in risky behaviors, such as unprotected sex, alcohol and drug use, or unwise financial ventures.