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Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is not just for kids.  Difficulty concentrating, inability to complete tasks, forgetfulness and other symptoms in adults can be due to ADHD.  ADHD can cause significant problems in adults, ranging from increased anxiety, depression, substance abuse, financial problems, poor job performance and social difficulties.


ADHD predominantly inattentive presentation

  • Fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistake

  • Has difficulty sustaining attention

  • Does not appear to listen

  • Struggles to follow through with instructions

  • Has difficulty with organization

  • Avoids or dislikes tasks requiring sustained mental effort

  • Loses things

  • Is easily distracted

  • is forgetful in daily activities

ADHD predominantly hyperactive-impulsive presentation​​​

  • Fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in chair

  • Has difficulty remaining seated

  • Runs about or climbs excessively in children; extreme restlessness in adults

  • Difficulty engaging in activities quietly

  • Acts as if driven by a motor; adults will often feel inside as if they are driven by a motor

  • Talks excessively

  • Blurts out answers before questions have been completed

  • Difficulty waiting or taking turns

  • Interrupts or intrudes upon others

ADHD combined presentation

  • The individual meets the criteria for both inattention and hyperactive-impulsive ADHD presentations

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