Who can be affected by ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder occurs in both males and females and across all ages and all levels of social status, intelligence and capability.
It is estimated that around 2.5% of adults in the UK live with ADHD.
Are you affected by ADHD?
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) was traditionally thought to just affect children and teenagers. Now it is recognised that most people with ADHD do not ‘grow out of it’ and it can, and often does, continue into adulthood. ADHD affects and occurs in both males and females, across all ages and all levels of social status, intelligence and capability.
Many people question their past and present behaviour, life challenges and progress for the first time in adulthood. Some wonder if they perhaps need support without realising that they might be suffering from the affects of ADHD.
Others have heard or read about ADHD and wonder if this might explain why their life has been a challenge. Sometimes this is precipitated by the realisation that one of their children has ADHD and they see similar symptoms in themselves. Looking back over their life, they may have always suffered from these symptoms but have ‘got by’.
This may have been at a significant cost. Perhaps they have not been as successful as they feel they should be able to be. Perhaps they have been successful but at huge personal cost in terms of the time and effort that this has taken compared to others.
Because ADHD can occur alongside other mental illnesses with similar behaviour traits, it may not be recognised or it may be misdiagnosed as another mental health problem.
Here are some of the types of people who can be affected by ADHD. You may recognise yourself here.
The Impact of ADHD
ADHD can severely affect an individual’s education, working life, home life, relationships and social life.
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Where ADHD can affect people
ADHD can affect adults in many, and sometimes all, of their daily activities and interactions with other people. Here we identify some of the places and behaviour traits that are most commonly highlighted by adult ADHD patients and their partners, families and friends.