How does ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder effect individuals as they become adults. Typically children with ADHD demonstrate symptoms related to inattention, overactivity, and impulsivity. They have difficulty relating to others and often use poor social judgement. As young children move into adolescence they often learn to control their tendency to be overactive. This may be the result of peer pressure and a desire to conform socially. As we become adults the external symptoms of overactivity tend to subside, although we may continue to experience what some people describe as internal overactivity. Although challenges related to overactivity tend to subside, struggles related to inattention and focus are likely to continue. As individuals work to develop improved coping skills they often learn to improve their ability to focus and gain confidence in their ability to improve concentration and to emotionally self-regulate. The reality is that as we practice being less impulsive we in fact become less impulsive over time. As we practice improving our concentration we also improve our ability to focus. Our brains seem to respond and even change as we work at developing new skills. Unfortunately progress is often slow and we may develop a belief that we are powerless to make changes which will improve both attention and emotional reactivity. We may surrender to the inaccurate belief and say to ourselves,. "This is just the way I am and I will never be able to change".
The ADHD Challenge in Adulthood
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