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Does ADHD Only Occur in Kids?

Posted Mar 31 2010 3:06am 1 Comment

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is common in children and in teens. ADHD can also affect adults. ADHD was referred to as ADD standing for Attention Deficit Disorder previously.  The answer to the question “Does ADHD only Occur in Kids?” is No.

Does ADHD only occur in kids

Different Types of ADHD in Kids, Teens and Adults

There are three recognized types of ADHD.  For a diagnosis of ADHD to be given the symptoms must have been exhibited prior to age 7.  The symptoms must cause impairment or interfere with the person’s ability to function in social environments, work environments or at home or school.

  • The most common type of ADHD is called Combined and it includes all the symptoms of the disorder.
  • Inattentive ADHD is the form of the disorder in which there is impaired concentration and attention.
  • The last of the three types is Hyperactive-Impulsive ADHD in which the person exhibits hyperactivity but does not have inattentiveness.

Symptoms of ADHD

The symptoms of ADHD can be divided into three categories; Inattention, Hyperactivity and Impulsiveness.

  • Inattention of ADHD in kids may not be noticed until the child begins school.  They are easily distracted and have difficulty paying attention to details and staying on task.
  • Hyperactivity may be noticed prior to beginning school. Some symptoms of hyperactivity include talking excessively, fidgeting or squirming, not able to stay seated and always moving about from one activity to another.
  • Impulsiveness symptoms can include frequently interrupting others, problems waiting for turns, impatience and blurting out answers to questions before the question has been completely asked.  Impulsiveness can cause social awkwardness for both kids and adults due to frequent interruptions and what is viewed by others as poor social skills.

ADHD in kids can cause injuries due to the frequent moving about, inability to pay attention to what they are doing and not considering consequences of actions.

Additional ADHD Symptoms for Adults

Since we now know that ADHD does not only occur in kids, we need to acknowledge some of the additional issues the disorder can cause adults. Adult ADHD has the same symptoms of those seen in kids and adults with the addition of having consistent problems with employment and in relationships.  In adults the symptoms may have some variation such as instead of exhibiting hyperactivity they would be restless.

ADHD in adults can cause serious issues with their personal and business relationships. They will frequently have feelings of restlessness and have difficulty focusing on the task at hand or keeping their heads in a conversation.  Adults with ADHD sometimes have problems with employment because they are not able to follow instructions given due to inattentiveness.

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