We must know that hyperactivity does not only affect children. Adults can also suffer from this condition, which is known as ADHD in adults .

Hyperactivity, as a permanent condition in a person’s behavior, is generally associated with a syndrome called “Attention deficit hyperactivity syndrome  or ADHD; as hereinafter we are going to refer.

This condition is a mental disorder that leads to the appearance of persistent behavior, characterized by:

  • Difficulty keeping attention focused.
  • Acute hyperactivity with no apparent cause that motivates it.
  • Impulsiveness.

ADHD, a disorder that manifests itself from childhood

 ADHD begins to manifest itself in the early stages of childhood , when the child’s behavior begins to attract the attention of those closest to him and of strangers as well.

However, this diagnosis can only be corroborated by a specialist ; who can differentiate it from other types of behavior; like the one that occurs in extremely naughty children.

The symptoms of ADHD in adults are not usually as obvious as those in children.

In adults, hyperactivity can somehow become self-controlled . But other symptoms like impulsiveness, constant restlessness, and trouble concentrating can continue.

How does ADHD manifest itself in adults?

Although ADHD generally does not cause other psychological problems in people, it is associated with other identifiable behavioral disorders in adults; which present characteristic symptoms:

1. Mood disturbances:

These alterations are not a direct consequence of suffering from ADHD, but they do have reflections in the pictures of people who additionally suffer from other disorders associated with mood; like depression or bipolar disorder.

These disorders are aggravated by the presence of repetitive patterns of failure or frustration, which are often evident in adults with ADHD.

 2. They present anxious states:

This type of conduct disorder is one of the most common in adults with ADHD.

 Anxious states lead to overwhelming worry, nervousness, and restlessness ; among other symptoms.

Anxious states tend to worsen in the presence of new demands or challenges in the daily life of the person with ADHD.

3. Predisposition to suffer from other psychiatric disorders:

The mental condition of adults with ADHD predisposes them to be vulnerable to other psychological or psychiatric disorders , such as personality disorders, intermittent explosive disorder and the use or abuse of psychotropic substances.

4. Learning difficulties

As with children, adults with ADHD have a harder time performing in the cognitive areas of education.

Causing their performance to be lower than the standard of the rest of the people of their age.

This situation is evident in the low grades that they are obtaining in the tests that measure the academic progress of the student, as a result of the difficulties that they present to fix their attention or understanding.

5. They don’t finish their projects

Adults with ADHD have a low tolerance for frustration.

That is why they embark on the realization of several in parallel, to persist in the one that offers the least obstacles; abandoning or postponing the rest indefinitely.

6. You tell them to stay calm in one position:

Hyperactivity disorder induces them to not be able to be still or not be able to maintain the same position for some time.

Their impulsive condition leads them to keep in constant motion, even within hours of sleep, which is why they constantly flap their feet if they are sitting or take short but accelerated steps around the room.

7. They have a propensity to recklessness:

Due to their impulsive condition, they tend to brood little when taking risks; taking them in many cases in a foolish way; so it is common to see them involved in problems or accidents.

8. They have work problems

Adult people with ADHD are more prone to making careless mistakes at work, being highly disorganized and easily distracted.

This does not allow them to really focus on what they are doing, making mistakes regularly.

Hyperactivity in adults can be controlled, but only the specialist is the qualified person to determine the most suitable treatment to follow.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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