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What Is Adult ADHD?

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You may have heard of ADHD in children.  However, there is Adult ADHD too.  This article will describe what ADHD is.

What Are The Symptoms Of Adult ADHD?

According to, if you have six of the following you may have Adult ADHD:

  • Often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in course work, work, or other activities
  • Often has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities
  • Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly
  • Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish chores or duties in the workplace
  • Often has difficulty organizing tasks and activities
  • Often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort
  • Often loses things necessary for tasks or activities
  • Is often easily distracted by extraneous stimuli
  • Is often forgetful in daily activities
  • Often fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat
  • Often leaves seat in situations in which remaining seated is expected
  • Often experiences subjective feelings of restlessness
  • Often has difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities quietly
  • Is often “on the go” or often acts as if “driven by a motor”
  • Often talks excessively
  • Often blurts out answers before questions have been completed
  • Often has difficulty awaiting turn
  • Often interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g., butts into conversations)

How Long Must These Symptoms Be Present

According to, the symptoms associated with Adult ADHD must be present for at least six months.  Some of the symptoms need to be present as a child.  Basically, there needs  to be an impairment in social, academic or occupational functioning and/or relationships and an interference with a person’s normal routine. It is also worth noting that a childhood diagnosis of ADHD is not necessary for a diagnosis of Adult ADHD.


To end this article, the diagnostic criteria have been mentioned for Adult ADHD.  In addition, some general criteria have been mentioned for Adult ADHD.  It is worth mentioning that an Adult does not need to suffer from childhood ADHD to receive a diagnosis of Adult ADHD.  They can suffer from childhood ADHD and not receive a diagnosis or receive a misdiagnosis.  Either way, adults with ADHD only need six criteria to receive a diagnosis of Adult ADHD.  In addition, there also needs to be an impairment in social, academic, occupational, or relational functioning.  In addition, there needs to be a performance with a person’s normal routine.


What Is Adult ADHD?

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!

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Walters, L. (2017). What Is Adult ADHD?. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 4, 2020, from


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