Attention Deficit HyperActivity Disorder is usually thought of as a childhood condition. However, doctors are discovering that’s not the case. This means many men, and women, carry ADHD along into adulthood but without carrying on their treatment.
Consider the questions below.
Where you treated as a child for ADHD but stopped your treatment because you were told you’d ‘outgrown’ your condition?
After you stopped treating your ADHD did life gradually become less manageable, turning into an uphill struggle?
Do you often feel as if you’re ‘blundering’ through life?
Does it seem like even the best days have frustrations and challenges you find hard to handle?
Do you forget the simplest things, like where your car keys are, your destination or what you were at the store for?
What Causes Adult ADHD In The first Place?
While experts don’t know for sure what causes ADHD, genes may play an important part because it’s frequently seen in families. Environmental issues such as exposure to cigarettes, alcohol or other toxins while in the womb may also play a role.
What experts do know is in people with ADHD, brain chemicals called neurotransmitters are less active in areas of the brain that control attention. Researchers don’t know exactly what causes this chemical imbalance. Some report there may even be an evolutionary link.
Why an evolutionary Link?
One genetic variation that causes ADHD-like traits is more common in the world’s nomadic peoples. Researchers think traits such as impulsive behavior, novelty-seeking, and unpredictability might help nomads track down food and other resources.
This mean the same qualities that make it challenging to excel at a desk job may have been an advantage to our nomadic ancestors!
Are Adults Males More affected?
Recent studies conducted on adults with ADHD have revealed that anywhere between 30 and 70% of male children with ADHD continue to display symptoms when they grow up.
What this suggests is adult men who have never been diagnosed with ADHD, or were diagnosed but stopped treatment once they reach adulthood, tend to become life’s underachievers. They’re also more prone to having rocky relationships and experience higher levels of divorce than men who don’t suffer from the syndrome.
Signs of Adult ADHD:
An adult male with ADHD may exhibit a wide variety of behaviors as a result of their untreated ADHD. These include tendencies to be:
- *Chronically late for work or important events, even while realizing the tardiness is undermining their goals
- *Unable to keep his mind on the task at hand
- *More likely to speed, have accidents, and lose their drivers’ licenses. Poor at prioritizing, starting, and finishing tasks
- *Disorganized, restless, and easily distracted
- *Unable to concentrate when reading
Adults with ADHD may also have problems with self-control. This can manifest in many ways, such as:
- *Difficulty controlling anger
- *Impulsive behaviors
- *Blurting out rude or insulting thoughts
- *Serious problems with alcohol (or other mind altering substances)
- *Inability to manage finances
- *Slow to grasp and develop new skills (if at all possible)
Men with untreated ADHD may also suffer socially. They often have difficulty in making new friends or keeping existing ones.
A man’s internal thoughts and feelings can also be thrown into turmoil by ADHD. They often report they have trouble relaxing and struggle with emotional issues including;
- *Daily anger and frustration
- *Suicidal thoughts
- *Low self esteem
Some adults with ADHD can focus intently on things they enjoy or find interesting. However, like many children with ADHD, they struggle to pay attention to tasks that bore them. People with ADHD tend to put off boring tasks in favor of more enjoyable activities.
Multitasking or ADHD?
It seems like everyone has ADHD today; we respond to text messages, email, calls, and fast-paced work environments. Even though all of this can be distracting, many people manage to prioritize the important responsibilities. In people with ADHD, distractions interfere with the completion of vital tasks at home and at work.
Diagnosing ADHD in Adults
Many adults don’t learn that they have ADHD until they get help for another problem, such as anxiety or depression. Discussing poor habits, troubles at work, relationship or marital conflicts often reveals that ADHD is at the root of these problems. To confirm the diagnosis, the disorder must have been present during childhood, even if it was never diagnosed. A review of report cards or just talking with relatives may document childhood problems, such as poor focus and hyperactivity.
What treatment is available for adults?
Often adult ADHD is treated with a combination of medications and certain talk therapies like cognitive-behavioral therapy. There is evidence that cognitive-behavioral therapy is particularly helpful in managing problems of daily life that are associated with ADHD.
However, adults with ADHD often also struggle with the complications of depression, anxiety, or obsessive compulsive disorder. They’re also more likely to smoke or abuse drugs. Very often these patterns
have been in place as self-medication efforts and they may be limited with the advent of proper treatment.
Benefits of Counseling
Many adults with ADHD improve when they start medication. Because they may continue to struggle with poor habits and low self-esteem, counseling for ADHD that focuses on getting organized, setting helpful routines, repairing relationships, and improving social skills is very beneficial.