Psychologist Questions ADHD

Can one start showing symptoms of ADHD as an adult?

I have heard that ADHD usually affects a person in childhood. But is it possible for symptoms to surface during adulthood too?

8 Answers

Typically ADHD surfaces in childhood but is not always diagnosed. As an adult you become more aware of symptoms and it becomes more obvious to you. Some symptoms can manifest themselves greater as you get older because the stresses on performance become greater.
Yes anything is possible. ADHD is when someone has no true focused brain and talks all the time and they move around a lot and never accomplish much at all. Those are the main symptems to look out for.
Attention Deficit Disorder can present at any time. While one may have a predisposition for this disorder starting in early childhood, it can present at any time depending on the degree and type of stress one experiences. Many adolescents and young adults establish compensatory mechanisms to help manage symptoms (i.e- to do lists, agendas). There may come a point however, when one's stressors exceed the coping skills used so far. A therapist can help you to create more advanced skills to help with your current situation.
ADHD has usually begins in childhood. They are part of the "temperatment" that folks are born with. At the same time, the symptoms often do not get recognized until problems in work and relationships lead to diagnosis. Occasionally however a head injury, illness, or trauma in adulthood can cause a personality change that looks like ADD or ADHD. If so, be sure to get the problem checked out and treated.
Symptoms of ADHD typically manifest during childhood. These symptoms can continue into adulthood. Some children have abilities or circumstances that help them compensate for their ADHD making it less obvious that they have the disorder. Hypothetically, adults might find themselves challenged in a way they had not experienced previously. They may find themselves unable to successfully manage this vulnerability any longer resulting in symptoms surfacing.
Yes, symptoms may become apparent in adulthood.
Yes. Many people are not diagnosed until adulthood.