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Common Signs of ADHD

According to global estimates, approximately 4 to 12 percent of children have ADHD. ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects your ability to function in several aspects of life, such as work or school. Although it generally results in visible everyday challenges, its symptoms can vary widely and are sometimes challenging to identify. Here is a look at the most common symptoms of ADHD Tarpon Springs.

Signs of ADHD in Adults

While most people with ADHD get diagnosed as children, the symptoms of this condition can sometimes be misinterpreted or go unnoticed, leading to a late diagnosis. Symptoms of ADHD in adulthood can be different from those experienced in childhood and adolescence due to increased responsibilities. Nonetheless, many adults with this condition experience the following:

  • Frequent injuries or accidents
  • Relationship challenges with co-workers, family, partners, friends, etc.
  • Problems with overall mental wellness and self-esteem
  • Difficulties at work or college
  • Substance misuse problems, especially with alcohol
  • Difficulty completing work or passing classes

ADHD symptoms in adults can manifest differently in female and male patients.

Symptoms of ADHD in Teenagers

The symptoms of ADHD can change as a child grows older. In some cases, childhood symptoms may become less problematic while new symptoms associated with rising responsibilities appear. Common symptoms of ADHD in teenagers and adolescents include:

  • Increased conflict at home, especially with parents.
  • Difficulty navigating familial and social relationships
  • Increased emotional sensitivity and frustration
  • Regularly avoiding mentally taxing projects and tasks
  • Regularly losing personal items or forgetting things
  • Difficulty with time management and task organization
  • Difficulty completing tasks, especially chores and schoolwork
  • Regularly making errors while performing tasks
  • Trouble focusing on schoolwork and other chores

It is vital to note that these symptoms of impulsivity, hyperactivity, and inattentiveness do not correlate with a child’s maturity level, even when they make them appear “immature.”

Signs of ADHD in Children

ADHD is primarily associated with symptoms related to hyperactivity-impulsivity, inattention, or both. Children with this condition may find it difficult to concentrate, often appearing restless, fidgety, and impulsive. Some symptoms of ADHD in toddlers and children include:

  • Interrupting people or excessively talking
  • Performing activities disruptively or loudly
  • Being unable to remain still, including fidgeting and squirming
  • Low attention span when doing schoolwork or playing
  • Frequently running around or constantly needing movement
  • Becoming easily distracted and having trouble focusing on activities

How Is ADHD Treated?

Many ADHD medical experts take a holistic approach to treat this condition, often incorporating medication and therapy to improve symptoms. Therapy helps you address behavioral issues, learn social skills, get organized, manage stress, and more. On the other hand, stimulant prescriptions help balance brain chemicals to curb impulsivity and hyperactivity and promote attention. If you are allergic to stimulant medication, your doctor may also prescribe non-stimulants.

You may have ADHD if you find it difficult to remain in one place, get organized, or stay focused. If you suspect so, the team at Just Psych is exactly what you need. Sandra Risoldi, DNP, MSN Ed, APRN, PMHNP-BC offers ADHD treatments like medication and therapy to help teenagers and adults overcome the symptoms and challenges of this condition. Call the Tarpon Springs, Florida office today to schedule an appointment or book one online.