The 5 Main Adult ADHD Symptoms To Look Out For

Last updated by Katie M.

According to experts at the American Psychiatric Association, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects around 8.4% of children and 2.5% of adults. However, in reality this estimation does in fact seem fairly low, as many cases do indeed go undetected; especially in young girls. Diagnosing this disorder can be very difficult in adults because the symptoms of inattention shift and are often put down to other causes, which explains why it often goes untreated. Learn about the symptoms of adult ADHD in order to put in place an effective treatment plan for yourself or a loved one.

The 5 Main Adult ADHD Symptoms To Look Out For
Contents:

What is ADHD?

It is a neurological condition that causes inattention or hyperactivity, which in turn affects people’s ability to function and get through daily life. This level of impulsivity means sufferers are easily distracted and often make careless mistakes, which evidently makes holding down a job or even maintaining a relationship very challenging. ADHD is more often than not diagnosed during childhood, however many people slip through the net and are faced with struggles due to inattention later on in life. When it goes undiagnosed and therefore untreated, people often blame themselves because they are unable to understand the root cause of the issue, which produces a very damaging effect on their mental health and lifestyle.

How do I know if I’ve got adult ADHD? - The 5 signs to watch out for

If you regularly experience these 5 symptoms, or even if you notice them in a loved one, you may want to contact a health care professional to discuss possible treatment plans for this mental disorder.

1) A lack of focus

Struggling to concentrate on anything for a substantial amount of time is a sign that you may suffer from hyperactivity and impulsiveness. Whether you are tasked with writing a paper, or if you are simply reading a book or even talking to someone, if you have a hard time following and focusing your interest, then this is a symptom that shouldn’t be ignored. Attention to details is something that really holds these folks back and prevents them from being precise in their work. No one can remain 100% focused 24/7 but if you notice your mind wandering almost immediately when in fact you should be concentrating, this is something you need to explore further.

>>> Discover the causes of panic attacks

2) Poor organization skills

People with ADHD are virtually incapable of sticking to a tight agenda and have a harder time organizing and prioritizing tasks than others. Having to make plans is a source of stress for them and often provokes a sensation of anxiety and intensive worry. Time management isn’t a skill that comes easily to them, which explains why they often miss deadlines and turn things in late despite trying their hardest to respect the set times and attempting to pay attention.

3) Repetitive forgetfulness

This point ties into the previous two and reinforces the idea that people diagnosed with ADHD find it difficult to follow and keep pace with what others regard as normal life events. This disorder often means that sufferers often forget dates, tasks, birthdays and the names of people they meet. Retaining information is certainly an uphill battle for them, which is why large amounts of patience and comprehension are required when dealing with these folks.

4) A stark lack of confidence

Adults who suffer from this disorder often have a very negative self-image too. Many of them struggle to accept their difficult experiences within the education system and carry their pain into adulthood. The lack of understanding of their symptoms means that many sufferers weren’t given the attention and support necessary at crucial periods in their lives. They take failure to heart and their underachievement is evidently very harmful for their confidence, in any realm of life.

>>> Check out the signs that you are hypersensitive

5) Lack of motivation

When people don’t receive the support and assistance they require, they often enter into a spiral of demotivation and confusion with regards to their worth. Feeling misunderstood and disconnected is lethal for motivation, making way for procrastination and further failure. Mental health can be a vicious circle if it isn’t addressed properly and in said case, can have disastrous impacts on every aspect of your life.

Editor’s opinion - Treatments exist

Whenever we are faced with the realities of a mental illness, it can be easy to panic but there really is no need to feel consumed by the prospect of it because treatments exist and are there to help. When it comes to adult ADHD, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a good place to start and will be effective in addressing lack of organization, time management and trouble focusing. Although we can’t expect mental illnesses to completely disappear, many solutions exist, meaning you definitely don’t have to suffer and feel like a prisoner in your own mind. If you feel like the above symptoms describe you or a loved one, reach out and get the help you so need and deserve.

Be sure to check out these articles too:

Article presented by Katie M.

Discover the world through my eyes.

Read our latest articles here:

How To Make A Narcissist Fear You?

Now, I know what you’re thinking, scaring a narcissist is impossible, so, let me stop you right there because it’s totally false! Getting these awful manipulators to fear you is no easy challenge, however, there are certain things you can do that will help you turn the tables on them in no time. Letting these abusers know that they’ve met their match is the first important step toward the road to recovery, so I hope you’re ready for the journey. Here are 10 ways to scare a narcissist

What Exactly Does It Mean To Be An Extrovert?

I wish I could say loud and clear that I’m an extrovert, but not at all. I belong to the opposite team, the team of introverts. However, even though we don’t operate in the same way, that doesn’t prevent me from being surrounded by extroverts. I myself have a few moments when my introversion gives way to my extroversion, when I feel good, surrounded by a few people that I know well. So how does extroversion work? How is it different? What can you do to get on well with an extrovert? Let me explain.

Everything You Need To Know About Hyper-Empathy

Sometimes you’re devastated by your best friend’s break-up, sometimes you’re euphoric about your sister’s pregnancy... Sometimes it feels like other people’s emotions are invading you, so much so that you feel like you’re experiencing what they’re going through like it’s your own life. Have you ever felt this way? Maybe you’re affected by hyper-empathy, a characteristic not dissimilar to hypersensitivity. But what exactly is it? How do you distinguish between the two? And above all, how do you know if you’re hyper-empathetic? Let me explain.

Why Do Narcissists Stare?

Narcissists have a reputation for being amongst the most manipulative people out there, and rightly so! The truth is, these people are so good at the evil things they do because they operate under the radar and use covert methods to exercise their depraved missions. Now, one of the biggest and seemingly most unsuspecting techniques they use to manipulate and control their victims is staring. You're no doubt a little dubious about a stare being an effective tool in the art of manipulation, but it's true, a void and menacing look is one of the most intimidating and unnerving gestures that these folks turn to.

8 Reasons Why All Narcissists Are Hypocrites

If you know anything about narcissists, you'll surely be aware that they are extremely overly judgmental and critical, especially towards other people. Their faultfinding stems from their perception of ultimate superiority, and therefore legitimizes them in holding people to intimidatingly high standards. However, although they may believe they are pretty much perfect, the reality couldn't be any more different, yet they are slightly more forgiving with themselves. That's right, they are huge hypocrites and go from one extreme to another in a split second. Here we discuss the reasons behind their hypocritical behavior.

Are Narcissists Born Or Made? - Let's Settle The Debate

There you have it, the nature vs nurture debate is back, only this time I want to focus it on those deviously manipulative personalities we refer to as narcissists. Now, evidently these folks get bad press and rightly so because they are often at the root of plenty of harm, but is it really their fault? Can they really be blamed for their terrifying and perhaps inherent traits, or are they simply just products and in this case victims of their environments? Let’s settle this debate once and for all and figure out how and when this disorder becomes apparent. So, are you born a narcissist or is it developed?

Why Do I Feel Bad When People Don’t Message Me Back?

Friday night rolls around and after a hard week you were expecting to have a drink with a girlfriend, but she seems to have left you hanging on read... To make matters worse (and the humiliation?) you even saw the little typing sign appear, yet you never received a reply. Well, if that’s the case, obviously you or your "how about a drink tonight?" didn’t deserve an answer. Let’s take a look at why some people don't reply to messages, and why when someone doesn't reply to your text, this makes us feel so bad.

How Does A Narcissist React When They Can’t Control You?

You probably know by now that narcissists only ever look for one thing and one thing only; and that’s control! Whether in their personal or professional life, folks with this personality disorder need to be in the driving seat and the one calling the shots, otherwise all hell breaks loose. Although their cunning and manipulative nature means they are often hard to escape, it is still possible to turn the tables on them and take the upper hand. Yet, you’ll need a thick skin to do so because when they feel their power slipping away, they become even more dangerous and abusive; here’s how they react when that happens.

How To Get Revenge On A Narcissist?

Narcissistic abuse is one of the most horrific challenges anyone can ever go through in life, but that’s not to say that their reign of terror will last forever. Evidently, breaking the cycle of abuse isn’t exactly straightforward, however, once the discard phase has been activated and victims realize that they can walk away with their heads held high, the revenge phase can commence. Unsurprisingly, getting even with a raging egocentric narcissist needs to be carefully planned, but ironically, their self-centered personalities expose to many axes of revenge, which will evidently really get to them…

How Do Narcissists Behave Sexually?

As with many things in life, narcissists also have unhealthy relationships with sex and treat it as nothing more than a self-gratifying activity. After all, manipulation, control, and emotional abuse are their so-called trusty weapons that they hide behind in most circumstances, so why wouldn’t they call on them in the bedroom too? The bottom line is people with this personality disorder are used to getting what they want and will only ever put themselves and their pleasure first, which doesn’t bode well for a healthy sex life. Discover how they behave in the bedroom and what you should do if you are involved with one.

Wengood's favorite tunes 🎵

How to detect a narcissist


"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." 

- Oscar Wilde


How to soothe an anxiety attack