Some Signs of Adult ADHD

  • Chronic forgetfulness
  • Problems with time management; problems estimating how long a given task will take
  • Tendency to take on far too many projects or tasks
  • Generally disorganised; frequently late; rushed; unprepared
  • Frequent moves or job changes
  • Tendency to speak without considering the reaction which may be elicited by the comment
  • Tendency to interrupt conversations
  • Difficulty controlling temper
  • Difficulty managing paperwork on job
  • Chronic pattern of under achievement
  • Pattern of establishing relationships with caretakers - this may be spouse, room mate or a secretary
  • Pattern of periodic depression
  • Difficulty in maintaining long-term relationships
  • Greater than average tendency toward substance abuse
  • Tendency toward impulsivity; making decisions without careful long-term planning
  • Tendency to be either over-active or under-active
  • Low tolerance for frustration - tendency to overreact to frustration
  • Tendency to give up on difficult long-term projects
  • Pattern of interests which are taken up, then dropped, often with the investment of substantial sums of money
  • Difficulty concentrating when reading
  • Difficulty handling demanding learning situations which may be required for job advancement
  • Pattern of achieving less than ones siblings: academically or professional

Adult ADHD Fact Sheets

ADHD Fact SheetsADDults with ADHD sends out several Information Packs every week to people who contact the Helpline looking for information or referral to a professional. You may have seen some of the material on an information table at one of our Annual Conferences or at an Awareness Afternoon.

The fact sheets are often reviewed to ensure that they remain up-to-date, relevant and authoritative. This year a major revision project has produced two modern fact sheets. Two further titles in the same format will be completed over the next couple of months.



Fact sheet titles available for download:

How is ADHD Diagnosed?

ADHD can only be diagnosed by a qualified health professional. For an adult that would be a psychologist or psychiatrist trained to recognise ADHD. For a child a paediatrician trained to recognise ADHD might make the diagnosis. A full history and evaluation is carried out and symptoms are checked against a set of diagnostic criteria. DSM-5 is the latest standard.

A range of tests to exclude other causes of symptoms, eg hearing and sight, should be carried out before ADHD is diagnosed.

It is vital that an accurate diagnosis is made so the most effective treatment and support can be provided.

Treatment for ADHD

The most effective treatment of ADHD involves a range of interventions often referred to as the 'multi-modal' approach.

- Family support
- Educational support
- Medication
- Counselling/behavioural management
- Occupational therapy
- Speech and language therapy

Note: for people with food sensitivities in addition to their ADHD, diet modification can be used as an additional therapy. Diet modification in itself is not a treatment for ADHD.

Additional information