ADHD Impacts Adults

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Does your family frequently say you “just don’t listen”? Do you frequently forget to return important calls at work? Do you often find it difficult to stay seated when you’re out to dinner with friends?

Is this just another tough day? Or could these be signs of a real medical condition called ADHD? ADHD has 3 core symptoms: inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.

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Experiencing some of these symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean you have ADHD. Only a doctor can accurately diagnose you with ADHD. If you’re concerned about ADHD, schedule an appointment with your doctor.



What Is ADHD?

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is characterized by a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity/impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development. Adults with ADHD may be inattentive, may be hyperactive or restless, and may act impulsively. These symptoms of ADHD occur in 2 or more settings, such as at work, at school, or in social settings. ADHD starts in childhood but can continue into adolescence and adulthood.



ADHD Facts

FACT ADHD is not a myth.

It is a medically recognized neurobehavioral disorder that can be managed. 

FACT ADHD is not about intelligence or motivation.

However, work, school, home, and social interactions can be challenging when it is hard to pay attention, stay organized, and behave appropriately. 

FACT Symptoms of ADHD can affect a person at school or work, but ADHD is not classified as a learning disorder.

FACT ADHD is not just an "excuse."

ADHD is a medically recognized disorder, and the symptoms cause real challenges at work, at school, and/or in social settings.

FACT A person does not have ADHD simply because they become distracted or engage in impulsive behavior.

Although most people are distracted or impulsive once in a while, this does not mean they have ADHD. Only a trained health care professional can tell if you have ADHD.

FACT: ADHD is not only a "kid's" disease.

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~10.5 Million Adults

Nearly 10.5 Million US adults are estimated to have ADHD.*

~4.4% of Adults

An estimated 4.4% of adults in the US have ADHD.

*Based on a survey of 3,199 adults aged 18 to 44 conducted from 2001-2003 and applied to the full US population in 2011 aged 18 and over.

Based on the National Comorbidity Survey Replication of 3,199 adults aged 18 to 44 years conducted from 2001 to 2003.