The needs of
adults with attention deficit have often been overlooked.
In moving from adolescence to adulthood, ADHD symptoms tend to
shift from external visible ones (such as physical hyperactivity) to
internal symptoms. Many
adults were never correctly diagnosed as children and have used their
intelligence and determination to mask their symptoms.
However, this often occurs at great emotional
cost. Many high-functioning adults with ADHD struggle
with low self-worth, see themselves as a failure, and feel they constantly let others down. Over
the years, they adapt to the situation and these positive or negative adaptations
can become part of their personality.
Adults with attention deficit
may be bored with tedious, repetitive tasks, and experience
difficulty with planning and organization.
Impulsivity may lead to frequent job changes,
troubled romantic relationships, financial problems, or a tendency to interrupt others.
An adult with ADHD
may be easily frustrated or angry, and cool
off equally quickly - then
be left wondering why everyone is still upset.
There is no magic
cure for ADHD, but many adults learn to manage it successfully.
Success usually comes with with education about the
condition, knowledge of coping and mastery skills, and strategies for
structuring life and promoting positive interpersonal relationships.
While ADHD can
be a burden for some, it can also be a gift.
People with ADHD are often energetic, creative, and willing to
take risks. Often this
gift comes into focus after an individual acquires self-knowledge and
learns to channel their energy and creativity.
- ADD Resources - a national non-profit
organization that helps people with ADHD achieve their full potential through education, support and networking opportunities
- Misunderstood Minds -
online companion to PBS documentary on
learning differences and disabilities
- CHADD Calgary -
information and support for parents, children, and adults in
Calgary area, who are affected by ADHD