Identifying Adult ADHD

How is ADHD Diagnosed?

Adult ADHD can manifest itself through a variety risky behavior, such as using drugs, smoking, getting in trouble with the law, antisocial behavior and poor work history. Your psychiatrist can assess if such symptoms may be due to adult ADHD.

There are three types of ADHD: hyperactive-impulsive, inattentive, and combined. These subtypes are identified and diagnosed by the number of symptoms in each category. The existence of those symptoms in adults may be often masked by coping mechanisms or by social difficulties.

The symptoms of hyperactivity include:

  • Talks excessively
  • Constantly in motion – pacing, touching, or moving about the room
  • Avoids sedentary work for highly active jobs
  • Easily bored, seeks constant activity

Symptoms of impulsivity include:

  • Highly impatient
  • Easily irritated or angered
  • Continually interrupting conversations

Symptoms of inattentive ADHD include:

  • Procrastination, poor time management
  • Frequently forgetful of information and responsibilities
  • Difficulty initiating or following through with tasks
  • Often loses objects, such as tools, notes, or utensils

Self diagnosis of ADHD may not be possible and it is always better to ask for an evaluation by a psychiatrist if you suspect you have adult ADHD.