Hyperactivity in adults


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.

Symptoms are similar to childhood hyperactivity, and inattention, impulsivity and need too talk or to move too much. In the adult may appear with comorbidities (difficulty in social relations, at work or with a partner).

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.

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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 self-esteem

- Problems with concentration

- Poor memory, forgetfulness

- Disorganization, clutter

- Lack of self-discipline

- 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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