Characteristics of hyperactivity in adults

Can adults be hyperactive?

What is hyperactivity in adults?

Hyperactivity, technically called “attention deficit hyperactivity disorder” (ADHD) is a behavioral disorder that occurs in children and can persist into adulthood.

When this condition is not detected in childhood, symptoms can be recognized in adulthood, although they may be occurring since before age 7.

Hyperactivity disorder in adults is more difficult to determine than in childhood, and may be a risk of confusing the symptoms with bipolar disorder, depression or other psychiatric conditions.

Unlike ADHD in children, where there are several observers (teachers, coaches, family), in the adult there is only one observer (partner, family). As with the children, where parents go to the teacher or the therapist, the adult therapist also needs the opinion of relatives who may have discrepancies between them, which makes it harder to determine the disorder.

How to know hyperactivity in adults

Symptoms are similar to childhood hyperactivity, and may include:

  • Inattention

  • Impulsivity

  • Need too talk too much

  • Need to move too much.

  • In adults, hyperactivity may appear with comorbidities (difficulty in social relations, at work or with a partner).

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Hyperactivity symptoms in adults

The symptoms have to appear in more than one or two environments. For example, if they occur only in large groups but not in private, this may not be ADHD:

  • Low selfesteem

  • Problems with concentration

  • Poor memory, forgetfulness

  • Disorganization, clutter

  • Lack of selfdiscipline

  • Impulsivity and inappropriate behavior

  • Mental Restlessness

  • Depression

  • Frustration at not being able to adapt to situations

  • Problems with drug use (tobacco, alcohol, or other toxic substances)

  • Inappropriate remarks

  • Relationship problems

Diagnosis of hyperactivity in adults

The diagnosis should be made by a physician with knowledge of psychiatry. This will perform some tests to determine if there is some kind of disorder

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