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Can adults have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Many adults have ADHD and don't know they have it. Like ADHD in children and teens, ADHD in adults can make life challenging. ADHD can make it hard for adults to feel organized, stick with a job, or get to work on time. Adults with ADHD may have trouble in relationships. The disorder can also make adults feel restless.

ADHD in adults can be diagnosed and treated. For some adults, finding out they have ADHD can be a big relief. Being able to connect ADHD to longtime problems helps adults understand that they can get better. If you're an adult and think you may have ADHD symptoms, call your doctor.

This information is based on source information from the National Institute of Mental Health.

Dr. Iris M. Rodriguez-Ocasio, MD
Pediatrician

Yes adults can have ADHD. There are many studies out there to prove this fact. Some adults are on medication for it.

Dr. Diana K. Blythe, MD
Pediatrician

Grown-ups can have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but they have more ability to control their environment. If hyperactivity is the problem, adults can avoid desk jobs. If inattentiveness is the concern, adults can take fast paced jobs and avoid boredom. Children do not have the same choices with school and chores, so their symptoms seem more apparent. Adults who think they have ADHD should talk to their physician about possible treatments because treatments do exist.

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