ADHD in adults
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) develops in childhood. Later on, the symptoms are often less severe than they were when the person was a child or teenager. Some people are first diagnosed with ADHD as adults.
Experts have agreed on specific criteria that need to be met for ADHD to be diagnosed. These criteria describe how pronounced inattentive, hyperactive and impulsive behaviors are. It is estimated that 15% of children and teenagers with ADHD still fulfill all of the criteria when they are adults. The symptoms of ADHD are different in adults, though. Hyperactivity is often less of a problem and inattentiveness, agitation and problems controlling their emotions become the most noticeable symptoms.
Some people are first diagnosed with ADHD as adults. It can be difficult for adults with ADHD to find support. Because it is generally considered to be a childhood condition, information and treatment specifically for adults is less widespread.