It is a combination of persistent problems like difficulty paying attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behaviours which are severe enough to cause unstable relationships, poor academic or vocational performance and thus spiralling an individual into a cycle of multiple other psychological and social problems.
Although its called adult ADHD, symptoms are fairly chronic, starting from early childhood. Adult ADHD symptoms may not be as prominent as child ADHD as with psychological maturity and age hyperactivity may decrease. The struggle is mainly with mental functioning-impulsivity, restlessness and attention.
ADHD is a highly comorbid condition with other mental health disorder like anxiety and depression. Often people are misdiagnosed and wrongly treated for anxiety-depression leading to consistently poor quality of life and poor treatment outcomes.
We all may struggle with a mild degree of these, and those transient difficulties are not ADHD. ADHD is diagnosed with symptoms are severe enough to cause chronic disruption in multiple areas of functioning.
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