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Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ( ADHD) tend, for the most part, grow up to become adults with ADHD. They may have learned to manage their condition better and to adjust to it, but they still have it, at least to some extent.

What is ADHD? Whether child ADHD or adult ADHD, it is neuro-cognitive condition that affects a person in the areas of processing, executive functioning, paying attention, concentrating, remembering and processing information in general. It can also affect the ability to self regulate, which includes impulse control, emotional regulation and inhibition control.

There are many adults with ADHD who are still undiagnosed, which unfortunately prevents them from tackling the problem head-on thus adversely affecting the personal and professional life to varying degrees.

ADHD is a condition that results from neuro-chemical imbalances. In some ways, the brain, and especially the frontal part of it is not fully wired properly causing the person the inability to use certain cognitive functions as needed in every day life. Relationships, social interactions, productivity at work are just a few of the areas that adults with ADHD may experience challenges.

Adult ADHD symptoms are many, and they very in terms of their intensity from person to person. Before we cover the adult ADHD symptoms, let’s talk briefly about the types of ADHD.

There are three types of ADHD include:

  1. The Inattentive type,  characterized by the inability to pay attention and getting easily distracted.
  2. The Hyperactive type,  characterized by behavioural difficulties which include, fidgeting, restlessness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.
  3. The combined type – combines ADHD symptoms from the other two types.

Girls are more prone to display ADHD symptoms that are of the inattentive types (the traditional ADD), whereas boys tend to display ADHD symptoms that are the hyperactive or the combined type.

Adult  ADHD symptoms include the following difficulties:

Paying attention

Getting easily distracted

Processing new information

Starting and completing tasks


Slow processing speed



Making careless mistakes

Losing interest quickly

Low motivation


Typical adult ADHD symptoms related to hyperactivity include the following difficulties




Inability to sit still

Inability to listen well to others


Excessive talking

Getting easily bored


Low emotional-regulation

Low self-esteem

Substance abuse

Relationship problems

Adult ADHD individuals who display classical adult ADHD symptoms related only to inattention (type 1) are more difficult to identify since the problems don’t extremely affect their behaviour. It does affect their performance as well as relationships.

If you feel that you are experiencing adult ADHD and that many of the above-mentioned adult ADHD symptoms apply to you, we recommend that you seek professional help and guidance.

Testing to identify the core issues associated with your adult ADHD symptoms is the first steps in help you better manage and many times even fully resolve your difficulties.

Are you exhibiting adult ADHD symptoms? Looking for ADHD tests? You can use our ADHD quiz to find out how severe these ADHD symptoms are:

We offer one of the best assessments for child ADHD and adult ADHD as well as all types of Learning Disabilities and other cognitive impairments  as well. The purpose of the assessment is not to diagnose, but more importantly to identify the specific neuro-cognitive problems related to the condition, by going to the very core of the problem. Identifying these core neuro-cognitive deficiencies is the key in being able to address and resolve both child ADHD symptoms as well as adult ADHD symptoms effectively and permanently.

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