Interestingly, some adults who do not have ADHD may label themselves as having the disorder, even though they did not exhibit its disabling symptoms during childhood — a prerequisite for the diagnosis. This social phenomenon puts some adults at significant risk for a misdiagnosis. Meanwhile, women may be underdiagnosed because of a pervasive belief that girls do not develop ADHD.

  • Symptoms of ADHD in adulthood mirror those most commonly noted in childhood.

  • Adults with ADHD are at particular risk for low self-esteem or increased frustration. They also are likely to struggle on the job due to difficulties with staying focused or organized.
  • Many adults may have been previously misdiagnosed with other psychiatric or behavior conditions or may have been incorrectly labeled as having a personality or character disorder.
  • Counseling can help adults understand how ADHD may have contributed to the challenges they’ve faced through the years in personal relationships and work performance.
  • Stimulants often effectively manage the symptoms of ADHD in adults. Sometimes antidepressants can alleviate depression or the symptoms of co-existing disorders such as anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder.