Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) is a common psychological disorder that is characterized by problems with attention, impulsivity and/or hyperactivity. It can occur in adults. Adults who experience serious or chronic problems due to 6 or more of these symptoms and do not have symptoms of hyperactivity or impulsivity may have AD/HD without hyperactivity. Understanding ADHD (or ADD) in adults. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)—previously known as ADD—is not just a problem in children. If you were diagnosed with childhood ADHD or ADD, chances are, you’ve carried at least some of the symptoms into adulthood.
Adult Attention Deficit Disorder: Diagnosis, Coping and Mastery. In the past, Attention Deficit Disorder was believed to be a condition that affected children and some adolescents. Although it was known that children with AD/HD were more likely to have difficulties in adulthood, clinicians usually diagnosed and treated these as other conditions. Adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is the psychiatric condition of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in adults. About one-third to two-thirds of children with symptoms from early childhood continue to demonstrate ADHD symptoms throughout life. Three types of ADHD are identified in the DSM-5 as: Predominantly Inattentive Type Predominantly Hyperactive or Hyperactive-Impulsive Type Combined .