Understanding signs and symptoms of ADHD in adulthood
Did you know ADHD symptoms can be different in children and adults?
If you were diagnosed with ADHD as a child, your symptoms might have changed as you entered adulthood. You may find yourself more distracted versus the more hyperactive signs of childhood ADHD.
What are some common signs of ADHD in adults?
Some symptoms of predominantly inattentive ADHD can include:
- Often failing to give close attention to details, like making frequent errors at work
- Difficulty starting, paying attention to, and completing tasks
- Trouble listening when spoken to
- Often losing or forgetting important items like your phone or keys
Some symptoms of predominantly hyperactive and impulsive ADHD can include:
- Trouble staying seated or fidgeting
- Feeling restless or always “on the go”
- Interrupting others often
- Feeling impatient when forced to wait in line or wait for someone else to finish a task
Combined (inattentive/hyperactive-impulsive) ADHD looks like a combination of both types of ADHD. As with any diagnosis, the conversation should always start with your doctor.
Did you know women are often less likely to be diagnosed with ADHD?
That doesn’t mean there isn’t a prevalence of ADHD in females. Women tend to mask or overcompensate for their symptoms, leading to a missed diagnosis of ADHD.
It may be time to reflect on your adult ADHD treatment approach
You have more options now than ever before. Talk to your doctor to help build a treatment plan that’s right for you.
Is your treatment plan currently meeting your needs as an adult?
There are currently two types of treatment options for ADHD: stimulants and nonstimulants.
Managing your ADHD involves periodically reviewing your treatment needs. Some questions to ask yourself include:
- Are you on treatment?
- Is it meeting your goals?
- Do you ever feel the need to take “drug holidays” or breaks from your medication?
How much do you know about nonstimulants?
Nonstimulants work differently than stimulants to help reduce ADHD symptoms. They may take a little longer to be fully effective, but some patients saw results with Qelbree as early as week 2.
Nonstimulants like Qelbree are a non-controlled substance and have no potential for abuse compared to stimulants