Adult attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder

Adult appearance of ADHD


ADHD is not just a disorder seen in children. Symptoms that begin at an early age continue into adulthood. Sometimes it may not be diagnosed until the person is an adult. Although hyperactivity decreases in adulthood, attention deficit and impulsivity generally persist. Adult ADHD symptoms may not be as clear as those in childhood.

ADHD can lead to poor work or school performance in adults, financial issues, connection issues, and low self-esteem. Adolescents and young adults may experience smoking, abuse, legal problems. The stress experienced by the person and sometimes labeling can prepare the ground for the emergence of additional psychiatric disorders (depression, anxiety disorder…).

Adult Outlook of ADHD

  • Trouble focusing and maintaining attention, trouble with multitasking
  • Not being able to finish the work started, delaying the work, not arranging the work in order of priority
  • Difficulty in problem solving and decision making
  • Work and interest problems caused by inefficient time management and disorganization
  • Project, homework, application, etc. missing the delivery date
  • Forgetfulness, forgotten meetings, appointments, bills…
  • Impatience, anger, carelessness while waiting in line or in traffic…
  • Sudden work-city change, impulsive actions to jump into dangerous situations without thinking about the end
  • irritability, problems coping with tension


Medication has a very valuable place in ADHD. The treatment is determined by considering both its activity towards ADHD symptoms and the accompanying psychiatric disorders. In addition, psychotherapy can help the person to gain new coping skills by determining which areas he or she has problems in. Although it is not a completely treatable disorder, both medication and psychotherapy can increase a person’s functionality and self-satisfaction.