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10 Signs You May Have Adult ADHD

Do you have ADHD?

by Karen Pallarito
About 4% of adults have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and many others have never been diagnosed. (About half of kids with ADHD still have it in adulthood.)
A diagnosis can be important. Adults with ADHD tend to have lower incomes as well as higher rates of accidents, unplanned pregnancies, and substance abuse than those without it, says Martin W. Wetzel, MD, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, in Omaha.
Here are 10 signs of adult ADHD.

You’re restless

Children with ADHD can be overly energetic, but adults may just feel edgy or restless.

You have a child with ADHD

ADHD appears to have a genetic component. When one member of the family has it, there’s a 25% to 35% chance that someone else in the family does, too, according to the Attention Deficit Disorder Association.

You have relationship trouble

A newly minted relationship is often exhilarating, but the novelty can wear off in time.

You smoke

About 40% of adults with ADHD smoke, versus only 26% of the general population.

You had academic problems as a child

If you suspect you have ADHD as an adult, an early history of ADHD symptoms—difficulty sitting still, paying attention to the teacher, and focusing on your work, for example—can confirm the diagnosis.

You had academic problems as a child

If you suspect you have ADHD as an adult, an early history of ADHD symptoms—difficulty sitting still, paying attention to the teacher, and focusing on your work, for example—can confirm the diagnosis.

You’re a thrill seeker

People with ADHD are often drawn to activities that are stimulating. They may engage in risky behaviors, like fast driving, gambling, and even extramarital affairs.

time

Is losing your cell phone, wallet, or keys part of your daily routine? People with ADHD frequently misplace common items.
Dr. Wetzel describes ADHD as an “underpowered state of consciousness.”

You have trouble on the job

Everyone encounters some task he doesn’t particularly enjoy, but most people are able to find a way to complete the boring aspects of their job, says de Marneffe. People with ADHD, however, have a hard time doing that.

You have a quick temper

If you fly off the handle in a fit of anger or frustration one moment but are completely over it in the next, it might be a sign of ADHD.

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