Finding it Hard to Manage Things? It Could be Adult ADHD

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Do you find yourself frequently overwhelmed, frustrated, and angry? You could be stressed, or perhaps you are living with undiagnosed adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Left untreated, adult ADHD interferes with life, leading to snowballing difficulties that are highly stressful. Stress, in turn, exacerbates symptoms of ADHD. Knowing the symptoms of ADHD can help you better understand yourself and manage the effects of it to improve the quality of your life.

ADHD could be affecting you if you’re experiencing difficulties at work, home, and in your relationships and are experiencing symptoms such as difficulties with:

  • Organizing your thoughts, to-do lists, living and working spaces
  • Prioritizing tasks or knowing how to begin projects
  • Tardiness
  • Concentrating
  • Restlessness, jumping from one task, project, or concept to another quickly and before you’ve completed requirements for a different task
  • Impulsiveness, often making hasty decisions or actions
  • Time management, feeling stressed and busy and unable to get things done
  • Boredom

If these are familiar and are making life stressful and difficult, you may be among the 2.5 percent of adults who live with ADHD. This disorder begins in childhood, and evidence of ADHD before the age of 12 must be present for an official diagnosis. For many adults, this can be tricky to document.

Still, talk to your doctor. They may be able to help you treat and manage your symptoms so you can take control of your life and mental health.

Source: American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association.

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Peterson, T. (2022, April 12). Finding it Hard to Manage Things? It Could be Adult ADHD, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 21 from

Last Updated: April 12, 2022

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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