Do you or the people in your life have questions about adult ADHD? If you’d like to know more about ADHD, or you’d like some help explaining your ADHD to someone, we have just released a cool infographic that helps describe what adult ADHD is, it’s prevalence, how it is diagnosed and how it appears in adults. Download the infographic and share it with people you’re trying to educate about adult ADHD. Help them know more!
The statistics say adult women who have ADHD most often exclusively present the inattentive symptoms. Of course, statistics are used to represent the population at large and are irrelevant to the individual. That is clearly my case, and I’m curious if other ADDA Insider readers have found that they don’t follow the “averages?” Are you a woman with ADHD who is hyperactive? Are you a man with exclusively inattentive symptoms? I’d love to hear your comments.
I have had the impulsivity and hyperactivity symptoms of ADHD since childhood, and they’ve continued to affect me in virtually all aspects of my life. I never knew my various social and related problems growing up had a label until the past decade. Of course, I also didn’t know I could seek help to make life easier for myself and those around me…or to at least make myself less annoying. Maybe I could interrupt less, talk less, gamble less, relax more, drink less, or even sit through an entire movie without talking and fidgeting in a seat changing my position at least 200 to 300 times or getting up at least 5 times to use the bathroom?
I have no idea if I was born with ADHD or if it developed as I got older, but I definitely had symptoms when I was young because I could never sit still. The impact changes as you get older, but ADHD continues to affect me. Now I forget to pay bills and get overwhelmed with finances to the point I don’t think I will ever be able to buy anything large. Socially I get so overwhelmed with the social aspects of job interviews that jobs are hard to come by. I am underachieving in life despite having a very successful record working as a book editor and news reporter before mass layoffs and illness set me back in 2009. I am 36, still living with my mom and I don’t see that changing.
The upside of my ADHD is I have many friends from many walks of life who enjoy my eccentricity. My friends, many with ADHD or other quirky personality traits like me, are always funny, spontaneous, considerate, generous and fun. I think we developed these qualities from a lifetime of being put down for being different.
I think having ADHD has many benefits despite a lifetime of not reaching my full potential and being told I’m not reaching my full potential. It’s beyond frustrating to work hard and not reach levels of success that I should be reaching, even when I set the bar low. I believe eventually the right employer may discover how talented and hardworking I am, but until then I’m confident I’ll find ways to get by and pay bills and have fun as I always have.
Another benefit of my ADHD (with a capital H!) is that I spread ADHD awareness just by being as outgoing and outspoken as I am. But if you’re not as outspoken as I am, and you’d like some help answering questions, you’ll find our new infographic extremely helpful to get the conversation started.