Does ADHD only affect children?

Does ADHD only affect children?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a disorder that affects up to 11% of children between the ages of 4 – 17 years old, and is more common than many people believe. Boys are three times more likely to be diagnosed for ADHD, and while some people may see this as a disorder affecting children, at least 4% of adults have been diagnosed with ADHD.It is believed that many more adults have simply not been diagnosed as diagnosis for ADHD was not as common in the past. ADHD is best diagnosed early, sometimes as young as 4 years old, so the child can receive the support they need to manage it.

Adult symptoms of ADHD include:

  • Inability dealing with stress
  • Impulsiveness
  • Inability to multitask
  • Disorganisation
  • Inattentiveness
  • Lack of ability to focus
  • Restlessness
  • Unstable moods
  • Inability to plan for the immediate, short, and long term

Many of these symptoms are shared with children with ADHD:

  • Inattentiveness
  • disorganisation
  • restlessness
  • impulsiveness

Depending on severity, ADHD can seriously impact the quality of life for a child and even for an adult. What people take for granted, such as keeping proper time management, and planning ahead, are things that people with ADHD may have a very difficult time with. This can affect their ability to hold onto a job, to properly retain and manage relationships, and can lead to loneliness and depression.

Ensuring a diagnosis is made and getting the appropriate help can decrease the negative impact of ADHD and increase quality of life for the child. ADHD usually does not go away on its own, and will persist into adulthood.

Join us at College of Allied Educators to see how you can develop an understanding of the different types of exceptional children, their needs, and the different special needs programmes and specialties that are available to you, for them.


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