ADHD in adulthood

ADHD is not something that just affects children. ADHD can also occur in adulthood.

We know today that:
4.5 %
Up to 4,5 % of all adults suffer from ADHD.
3 - 7 %
3 - 7 % of all children and adolescents suffer from ADHD.
One thing's for sure: ADHD can lead to substantial restrictions and problems in everyday life, at work and in the private lives of adults as well. Concentration problems, difficulties in relationships, organisational difficulties – all these can make everyday life a gauntlet for those affected.

Possible Consequences of
ADHD in Adults

  • Decreased efficiency
  • Restrictions on the road
  • Difficulties in social relationships
  • Low self-esteem
  • Avoidance behaviour
  • Addiction problems

ADHD scenarios in adulthood

When ADHD occurs in adulthood, the following scenarios are possible:

Scenario 1 ADHD had been diagnosed in childhood

You don't simply "out grow" ADHD. If a diagnosis of ADHD was made in childhood, it can be assumed that it will continue into adulthood. After all, we don't just become someone else as we get older.

  • More than half of those affected as a child will still have significant symptoms and problems in everyday life associated with ADHD in adulthood.
  • The symptoms of ADHD can change over time. For example, impulsiveness is often better controlled in adulthood, but attention deficit disorders can continue to be a problem (especially at work).
  • Hyperactivity is often less pronounced in adults (e.g. more likely to feel restless or unable to relax).
Good to know: It is never to late to get specific treatment for ADHD! There are now effective therapeutic approaches, that can help ADHD sufferers cope better with everyday life.
Scenario 2 ADHD has not yet been diagnosed

For many adults, ADHD was not diagnosed in childhood. They usually have had a long life of undiagnosed suffering.

  • Failures and frustrations in many areas in the past.
  • No explanation as to why they are as they are. Why, for example, they simply cannot finish certain tasks, often become overexcited, or live in chaos.
  • Those affected are sometimes already being treated for other perceived illnesses (such as depression and burnout).

For many of those affected, it is often a huge relief when the diagnosis of ADHD is made and they begin to get answers to the question "Why?".

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