Do You Have Adult ADHD? Ask Yourself These 6 Questions

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a relatively common behavioral disorder, and yet many people unwittingly believe falsehoods about the condition. In one of the more common myths, many people believe ADHD is something that only affects energetic boys until they grow out of it in adulthood. In reality, ADHD can affect anyone, regardless of gender or age.

Some kids who live with ADHD grow out of the disorder as they grow up. However, many other children with ADHD never completely stop experiencing symptoms. The way their ADHD manifests may change with time and maturity. Some people unknowingly live with adult ADHD because they were never diagnosed in childhood.

Could you unknowingly live with adult ADHD? It’s possible. Getting an evaluation from a behavioral health care provider can be the first step to getting the assistance and clarity you need. Not sure if you could benefit from such an evaluation? Ask yourself these questions.

You’re not alone. Our providers can help.

Do My Biological Relatives Have ADHD?

Researchers have not identified a single cause of ADHD. However, the condition runs in families and appears to have a strong genetic component. While it’s not a sure thing, if one of your close biological relatives with ADHD, you have a higher risk of developing it than the general public. The closer the biological relationship between you and the person with ADHD, the higher the chance you have of having it. So, if your biological child gets diagnosed with ADHD, you may want to get tested as well.

Is My Home Disorganized, No Matter How Hard I Try?

Do you feel like you’ve tried every possible organization system, but nothing seems to help keep your house uncluttered? If so, this could be because of ADHD. People with ADHD organize their thoughts differently, so what works for most people may just add to the chaos for someone with ADHD. If you constantly lose your keys or forget what ingredients you have in the pantry, it could be because of ADHD.

Do I Constantly Seek Change?

People with ADHD struggle often get bored with the same routine day-in and day-out. That’s because they often function better with an adrenaline rush. To compensate for that, adults with undiagnosed ADHD may seek new jobs or hobbies more frequently than their peers.

Do I Sometimes Hyperfocus?

Do you often get so focused on an interesting task that you have tunnel vision on the work ahead of you? Do you get frustrated when someone interrupts you when you feel this way? If so, you may think these hyper-focused moods mean you cannot have ADHD. While it’s true that people with ADHD often struggle to maintain focus, it’s also true that they sometimes enter this extremely focused state.

Do I Do My Best Work When the Pressure is On?

Adrenaline can help people with ADHD focus and get work done. As such, they often perform better when under tight deadlines or immense pressure. That’s why so many adults with ADHD thrive in positions such as emergency responders or stock traders. Even in personal situations, people with ADHD can be excellent at solving problems when things get hard.

Did I Skim This Blog?

If you skimmed through the paragraphs or just read the headers, consider why you made that choice. Is it difficult to keep your focus for long, so you automatically look for the main points of any written piece? If so, this could be a sign of inattentive ADHD.

Answering “yes” to any of these questions does not automatically mean you have ADHD. However, if many of these points resonate with you, it could mean that an evaluation is well worth your time. You can schedule an appointment with our expert providers today, and chose whether you prefer online or in-person visits.

You’re not alone. Our providers can help.

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LifeStance Health
LifeStance Health

LifeStance is a mental healthcare company focused on providing evidence-based, medically driven treatment services for children, adolescents, and adults suffering from a variety of mental health issues in an outpatient care setting, both in-person and through its digital health telemedicine offering.