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Symptoms of Adult ADHD

Symptoms of Adult ADHD: Introduction

A diagnosis of adult ADHD is based partly on symptoms, which typically change somewhat as childhood ADHD develops into adult ADHD. Often the symptoms of hyperactivity become less prominent while problems with concentration and organization increase.

Symptoms of adult ADHD are categorized into those of inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Symptoms of inattentiveness include the inability to stay focused on tasks and unintentionally tuning out or not paying attention. Adults with ADHD may also frequently lose important items.

Symptoms of hyperactivity include excessive talking, restlessness, nervous energy, and an inability to sit still and relax even during short periods. Symptoms of impulsivity include mood swings, frequent interruptions of others, and blurting out inappropriately.

Adults with ADHD may seem to be challenged to "get their life together", and adult ADHD can create a major barrier to living a normal life. Adult ADHD can disrupt careers, social and family relationships, and finances. Complications can also include low self-esteem and depression.

At the same time, it is not unusual for adults with ADHD to excel in certain areas or have above-normal abilities in such areas as creativity and the ability to think outside the box. They may also be very enthusiastic people and can adapt well and react in a crisis. They can be very intelligent and learn new information quickly, as long as it's interesting to them, and their high energy levels can make then very driven people....more about Adult ADHD »

Adult ADHD symptoms: A diagnosis of ADHD is based partly on symptoms, which typically change somewhat as a child grows into adulthood. Often the symptoms of hyperactivity become less prominent while problems with concentration and organization increase. Symptoms are categorized into those of inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.

Symptoms of inattentiveness include:

  • Inability to stay focused on tasks
  • Unintentionally tuning out or not paying attention
  • Frequently losing important items
  • Symptoms of hyperactivity include:
  • Excessive talking
  • Inability to sit still and relax even during short periods
  • Exhibiting restlessness, nervous energy

Symptoms of impulsivity include:

  • Mood swings
  • Frequently interrupts others or blurts out inappropriately
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Symptoms of Adult ADHD

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Adult ADHD includes the 27 symptoms listed below:

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Diagnostic Testing

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  • No laboratory-based medical tests are available to confirm the diagnosis
  • Basic laboratory studies that may help confirm diagnosis and aid in treatment are as follows:
  • Serum CBC count with differential
  • Electrolyte levels
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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Adult ADHD. This signs and symptoms information for Adult ADHD has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Adult ADHD signs or Adult ADHD symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Adult ADHD may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Adult ADHD symptoms.

 

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