Adult ADHD

English 2 Honors


Can adults have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? Up to sixty-five percent of children with ADHD may still exhibit symptoms into adult hood, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (Wilson). One may think adults with ADHD are like their child counterparts, but this is not so. Even though an adult with ADHD seems to blend into society normally, they will still have struggles. Although society generally associates ADHD with only children, it is important to understand that adults can also suffer from ADHD.

Co-occuring dissorders of ADHD and their consequenses

Two studies of adults with ADHD found that more than four in five met the criteria for at least one other psychiatric disorder. The most common co-occurring disorders were anxiety, major depression, dysthymia, conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, and substance abuse (Goodman)

Communication and Relationships

Adults with ADHD lack good communication skills to manage their relationships. Growing up with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder also means repeatedly receiving certain messages from others. Some of these messages are confusing at best while others are clearly damaging to one’s self concept (White).

ADHD In the Workplace

Adults with ADHD reported lower educational achievement and were less likely to be high school or college graduates. Higher education is associated with an expected higher income, and is also associated with rates of full-time employment (Wilson).