General Information about Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Symptoms of ADHD during adulthood are sometimes less evident than they are in childhood. This is because adult ADHD often coincides with other problems such as occupational and relationship difficulties, substance abuse, low self-esteem, poor time management, risk-taking behaviors, anxiety, and depression. As a result, despite increased public awareness of ADHD, many adults are not evaluated or treated for it. ADHD includes symptoms of inattention as well as symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity, and you may show signs mostly of inattentiveness, mostly of hyperactivity-impulsivity, or a combination of both.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy for ADHD focuses on helping you to improve your organizational skills, time management, social, and problem-solving skills, all of which can lead to improved self-esteem and occupational, academic, and interpersonal efficacy. For some adults, receiving the diagnosis and learning about ADHD can be invaluable as they begin to understand that there may be a reason for many of their current and past difficulties. Please visit the Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder website for additional information on ADHD and its treatment.