Adult Attention Deficit Disorder

It is only from a decade or so the concept of adult attention deficit disorder came into light. At the present time more information available about child attention deficit disorder.

Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Traits

However, briefly speaking, as an adult, Attention deficit disorder has developed into a chronic neurobiological disorder, displaying three main traits: impulsivity, hyperactivity and inattention.

Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Causes

Although there are other factors that cause adult attention deficit disorder, but the biological and heredity factors are pointed out as the major causes of adult attention deficit disorder.

The causes for adult attention deficit disorder, where heredity is not the cause are alcohol and tobacco exposure during fetal development, birth weight recorded low, extremely high levels of lead in the body, difficulties with birth and/or premature delivery, and postnatal injury to the prefrontal brain areas.

It is a myth that too much television, too much sugar and food additives, social environment (like divorce, poverty) or “bad” parenting causes adult attention deficit disorder.

Adult attention deficit disorder seems to know no national boundaries, afflicting people worldwide where studies have been carried out. And although adult attention deficit disorder strikes both genders, adult male sufferers seem to outnumber females in a 2:1 ratio.

Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Symptoms

Now let’s take a look at the symptoms or traits characteristic of adult attention deficit disorder. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), adult deficit disorder symptoms are that they:

  • Tend to be impatient
  • Feel energized; i.e. “on the go” or “motor-driven”
  • Talk a lot (an inordinate amount of time)
  • Make negligent mistakes at work
  • Interrupt frequently or intrude upon others.
  • Fidget with hands or feet, twist about in seat
  • Are unable to remain seated in situations where seating is expected
  • Don’t appear to listen when spoken to directly
  • Rush to supply answers before questions are completed
  • Feel unable to relax
  • Have difficulty following instructions, often failing to finish work
  • Express difficulty with quiet participation in leisure activities
  • Fail to give close attention to details
  • Suffer difficulties with organizational skills and activities
  • Lose necessary items for tasks and activities
  • Become distracted easily
  • Are forgetful with regards to everyday activities
  • Have difficulty with attention span during tasks and activities
  • Don’t like engaging in lengthy mental effort; i.e. they prefer NOT to engage in anything that asks for sustained mental effort

The following issues are among the most popular that are common in adult attention deficit disorder lives because of the above major adult attention deficit disorder symptoms.

Note that both the above and the following adult attention deficit disorder are problematic issues that can range from mild to extreme, depending upon the person’s own unique health combined with their Attention deficit disorder and other social, personal and economic circumstances.

A professional health practitioner is recommended for best evaluating each case. Major problem areas of adult attention deficit disorder include:

  • Undergoing low self-esteem, boredom and time mismanagement issues
  • Experiencing relationship, behavioral and self-control problems
  • Ongoing employment or substance abuse issues
  • Managing troubles with emotional, arousal and motivational issues
  • Struggling with poor memory skills and work effort
  • Suffering repeated anxiety, depression and / or mood swings
  • Annoying chronic tardiness, risk-taking and (greater than average) multi-tasking behaviors

Any of the variety of personal, economic and social problematic areas in adult attention deficit disorder lives causes the person to seek professional help when their disorder is undiagnosed.

Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Diagnosis

Adult attention deficit disorder is often referred as a hidden disorder, which underlies many outstanding mood disorders, substance abuse and other complex cases.

Most often the adult attention deficit disorder is not revealed the person is diagnosed for something else like anxiety or depression, or until after his or her own child is diagnosed with ADD.

For this reason even today may people are undiagnosed, untreated, which is a shame, because without the diagnosis, many believe ADD sufferers to be lazy, unintelligent and immature.

People can begin with their healthcare provider or consult an educational psychologist, a behavioral neurologist, a psychiatrist or a clinical psychologist for the diagnosis of Adult attention deficit disorder.

In general the adult attention deficit disorder diagnosis include the evaluation of complete developmental, medical, psychiatric, educational and work history, interview about any medications used and noted adult attention deficit disorder symptoms and overall look at personal health, well-being and life in general.

Normally more than one person is involved in this diagnostic processing that spans a couple hours time. And main areas of focus are whether or not, and if so, to what extent, the person has the three main ADD traits.

Adult attention deficit disorder diagnosis evaluations also include DSM-IV AD/HD symptom rating scales to go over previous records; for instance, past medical evaluations and test results, past work and school records in order to present a more accurate assessment and diagnosis.

Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Treatment

And there is help with adult attention deficit disorder treatment. The adult attention deficit disorder persons can even apply for help under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

After the diagnosis of the adult attention deficit disorder, a program of treatment and coping skills can be put in place and any possible other health issues may be uncovered for further treatment or ruled out.



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