5 Things to Know About Adult ADHD

FEBRUARY 02, 2016
Meghan Ross, Senior Associate Editor
1. Inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are the cornerstone ADHD symptoms.
To be diagnosed with ADHD, adults typically must show 5 symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and/or impulsivity criteria.

These symptoms may include having a hard time paying attention to details or organizing tasks, as well as having trouble staying seated in appropriate situations, fidgeting, or talking excessively. Patients who feel as though they are being driven by a motor may have hyperactivity.

Adults with ADHD may have trouble paying the correct amount of money due for bills, or they may be consistently late to meetings. These patients may have a tendency to quit or lose their jobs frequently.

Loved ones may complain that the individual does not seem to listen to what they are saying.

2. The updated DSM-5 definition of ADHD stemmed from almost 2 decades of research into adult ADHD.
The DSM-5 cited research that followed adults after years or decades after their childhood ADHD diagnosis. “The results showed that ADHD does not fade at a specific age,” the manual noted.

New research suggested that a lower threshold of symptoms was appropriate in diagnosing adults with ADHD, the DSM-5 pointed out.