ADHD Symptoms in Adults

ADHD symptoms can affect adults, during many different activities.

At home, adults with ADHD may find that their symptoms can often make it more difficult to be on time for important family appointments as well as for community, school, or social activities, and to finish household chores.

In the workplace, adults with ADHD can often experience symptoms that interfere with organizing and even communicating with colleagues. In addition, ADHD can also make it more challenging to complete tasks at work and follow instructions.

In social situations, adults with ADHD may often experience symptoms like interrupting friends, talking excessively, or losing track of conversations easily. Adults with ADHD may frequently lose focus. In addition, they may also experience difficulty organizing activities, keeping appointments, and arriving on time to events with friends.

I think I may have symptoms of ADHD. What do I do?

Talk to your health care professional if you think you have ADHD symptoms. You may use the Symptom Checklist to help you discuss your symptoms with a health care professional.

If your health care professional diagnoses ADHD, they will work with you to determine an appropriate management plan. Your health care professional may refer you to an ADHD specialist to help you determine the best plan for you. 



There are three core symptoms of ADHD:

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Inattention

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Hyperactivity

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Impulsivity

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ADHD SYMPTOMS MAY APPEAR DIFFERENTLY IN TEENS AND ADULTS AS COMPARED TO HOW THEY PRESENT IN CHILDREN.

Having some of these symptoms of ADHD does not necessarily mean you have ADHD. It is important to see a  health care professional who can properly diagnose ADHD.

Inattentive Symptoms:

Often…

  • has difficulty paying attention to details/makes careless mistakes
  • has difficulty sustaining attention
  • does not seem to listen when spoken to directly
  • unable to follow through on tasks
  • has trouble with organization
  • avoids tasks requiring sustained mental effort
  • loses things
  • easily distracted
  • forgetful in daily activities

Hyperactive/Impulsive Symptoms:

Often...

  • fidgets/squirms
  • has trouble staying seated
  • runs/climbs or is restless
  • has trouble with quiet activities
  • is “on the go”
  • talks too much
  • blurts out answers
  • has difficulty awaiting turn
  • interrupts or intrudes on others