Routine could be key to overcoming adult ADHD

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SOUTH BEND, Ind.--- ADHD is not just for kids; you could be suffering from it as well and not even realize it.

Maria Edwards, an adult ADHD sufferer knows what that is like.

"I felt like I was different from other people,” said Maria. “I kind of put myself down, I you know, looked at other people and said well they're so perfect and I’m not."

What 51-year-old Maria felt is actually adult ADHD.

"I have had feelings of depression, and just like not right when I am overwhelmed, I definitely felt overwhelmed a lot," said Maria.

She's not alone.

According to the National Institutes of Health, more than four percent of all adults suffer from it too.

Clinical Psychologist Dr. Kate Roberts says warning signs of adult ADHD include lack of focus, difficulty completing tasks, organizing and planning, as well as a low frustration tolerance level and often they find themselves interrupting others in conversations.

"Difficulty with what we call self-monitoring, so what that is, is basically reciting without thinking, often times people will regret actions because they do it so quickly," said Dr. Roberts.

Just as ADHD can affect a child's performance in school, if it isn't managed properly, ADHD can affect an adult's performance at work.

They tend to change employers more often, and perform tasks poorly at work.

People who suffer from adult ADHD also have less job satisfaction and fewer occupational achievements

Dr. Roberts says routine is key for those with ADHD, and suggests making a schedule to aid in time management, planning ahead, eating healthy and a consistent work out.

All of these tips will help people stay focused.

"I think that low self-esteem is paramount for people with ADHD," said Dr. Roberts.

Especially in adults who have gone undiagnosed.

"Once I got the diagnoses I stopped blaming myself for my shortcomings," said Maria.

BACKGROUND: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD is a prevalent condition today that can be seen largely in children and young adults, but can continue into adulthood. Sometimes it isn't diagnosed until adult years. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) believes that about 3 to 5 percent of children have ADHD, while others believe closer to 8 to 10 percent of children in school have it. Some experts believe that people don't ever outgrow ADHD and that it follows them into adulthood.


SIGNS OF ADHD: ADHD is a disorder that has fairly clear signs. The following are signals that can often be seen with a person with ADHD:
* Difficulty paying attention
* Can't concentrate
* Trouble following directions
* Bored
* Frustration with daily tasks
* Constantly moving
* Impulsive
* Bad time management
* Poor organizational skills
* Trouble with relationships
* Low self esteem

ADULTS WITH ADHD: Many adults will continue to suffer from ADHD throughout their entire life. The same signs seen with children with ADHD are also seen in adults. It is estimated that 60 percent of children with ADHD will continue to have symptoms of it as adults. For adults a lot of the symptoms are extremely prevalent in the workplace as well as in family life and dynamics of relationships. If you believe you suffer from ADHD talk to a doctor and find out about getting diagnosed.