Adult ADHD

Many adults who have ADHD donít know it. These adults may feel that it is impossible to get organized, stick to a job, or remember to keep appointments. Daily tasks such as getting up in the morning, preparing to ...1

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Symptoms of Adult ADHD

How does ADHD affect adults? Some children with ADHD continue to have the condition as adults. Many adults who have ADHD donít know it. These adults may feel that it is impossible to get organized, stick to a job ...2

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Complications of Adult ADHD

A recent study found that adults with ADHD have higher than average rates of divorce, unemployment, substance abuse and disability. Although many adults with ADHD receive treatment for other mental disorders or substance abuse, fewer receive treatment for their ADHD symptoms ...3

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Causes of Adult ADHD

What causes ADHD? Scientists are not sure what causes ADHD, although many studies suggest that genes play a large role. Like many other illnesses, ADHD probably results from a combination of factors. In addition to genetics, researchers are looking at ...4

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Diagnosis of Adult ADHD

To receive a diagnosis of ADHD as an adult:

  • Several symptoms must have been present before the age of 12.
  • A person must have at least five symptoms of either inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity.
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Genetics of Adult ADHD

Genetics: ADHD tends to run in families and, in most cases, it's thought the genes you inherit from your parents are a significant factor in developing the condition. Research shows that both parents and siblings of a child with ADHD ...5

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Treatments: Adult ADHD

What are the treatments for ADHD in adults? Adults with ADHD can be treated with behavioral interventions, medication, or a combination of the two. Medications Stimulants such as methylphenidate and amphetamines are the most common type of medication used for ...6

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  1. Source: NIMH (NIH): health/ publications/ could-i-have-adhd-qf-16-3572/ index.shtml
  2. ibid.
  3. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): 2008/ November/ feature1.htm
  4. Source: NIMH (NIH): health/ publications/ could-i-have-adhd-qf-16-3572/ index.shtml
  5. Source: NHS Choices UK: conditions/ attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd/ causes/ 
  6. Source: NIMH (NIH): health/ publications/ could-i-have-adhd-qf-16-3572/ index.shtml

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