Understanding Adult ADHD And Who It Affects

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, also known as ADHD, is being diagnosed in more and more children. However, Adult ADHD seems to go mostly unnoticed or highlighted. There is an estimated 4.4% of adults with ADHD, about four in every 100 adults, while the majority of these adults go undiagnosed.


ADHD, one of the most common disorders that the world has to face and the misconception regarding this is the fact that children are the only people that can be affected by it however this is not true at all.

When adult ADHD goes undiagnosed or untreated, it threatens to have some serious effects such as impaired relationships, increased rate of unemployment or underachievement at work, social issues, low self-esteem and a lack of self-confidence. Unfortunately, only 11% of adults with symptoms that meet the criteria of ADHD are currently being treated for it, while the rest go unnoticed.

It is very important that one familiarises themselves with the symptoms so that they can take the necessary steps to start the process of managing it and being equipped with knowledge as to the lifestyle change that comes with it.


Adult ADHD Symptoms

  • Inattention:
    – Quickly distracted, quickly bored
    – Struggle to complete tasks
    – Switching from one activity to another
    – Poor ability to plan, organise and choose
    – Struggle listening and taking in information
    – Easily lost in details and loses sight of the broader outline
    – Forgetfulness
  • Hyperactivity:
    – Always busy (inability to stop talking or carrying out activities)
    – A feeling of inner restlessness or agitation
    – Inability to relax peacefully
  • Impulsivity:
    – Impatient
    – Acting without thinking (spending too much money, spending money quickly blurting things out, gambling, stealing, impulsive binges and decision making)
    – Impulsive starting or leaving relationships and jobs

How to get help?
To speak to a counsellor for FREE telephonic counselling, information and referrals, contact ADHD between 08:00 and 20:00. They are open seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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