When you hear the term ADHD, you typically think about children who can’t sit still in their seats, who are unfocussed, impulsive and hyperactive. In fact, the term has been used so loosely that anytime a child acts out or is “overactive,” they are labelled with the disorder (diagnosed or not.) In diagnosed cases of ADHD, treatment and often medication may help the child to “grow out of it,” or at least manage their symptoms. But now, more and more, doctors are finding that many adults are also experiencing similar symptoms of ADHD that have just gone undiagnosed—at least until they start to affect their home life and work. And while the underlying symptoms that children also experience—inattention, hyperactivity and impulsiveness—are the same, in adults these symptoms tend to manifest differently.
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