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.
Symptoms of Adult ADHD
Many adults with ADHD aren’t aware they have it—they just know that everyday tasks can be a challenge. Symptoms may include:
- Disorganization and problems prioritizing
- Poor time management skills
- Problems focusing on a task
- Trouble multitasking
- Excessive activity or restlessness
- Poor planning
- Low frustration tolerance
- Frequent mood swings
- Problems following through and completing tasks
- Hot temper
- Trouble coping with stress
What’s Normal and What’s ADHD?
Almost everyone has some symptoms similar to ADHD at some point in their lives. If your difficulties are recent or occurred only occasionally in the past, you probably don’t have ADHD. ADHD is diagnosed only when symptoms are severe enough to cause ongoing problems in more than one area of your life. These persistent and disruptive symptoms can be traced back to early childhood.
Treatment for adult ADHD generally includes psychological counseling, education about the disorder and learning skills to help you be successful. Counseling can help you improve your time management and organizational skills, learn how to reduce impulsivity, develop better problem-solving skills, improve your self-esteem, develop strategies for controlling your temper and more.
If you are in need of support, your EAP can help. Call your BHS Care Coordinator at 800-245-1150.