Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is commonly associated with children, but it can progress into adulthood and present its own unique challenges at a later age. While the adult version shares symptoms such as lack of attention and impulsiveness with its counterpart in children, it can impact patients in other ways.
Adult ADHD may have started at a younger age, but in some cases, it’s not diagnosed until later in life and the symptoms may not be as pronounced as they are in children, explains the Mayo Clinic. Pay attention to these 16 signs of adult ADHD…
1. Lack of Impulse Control
The Mayo Clinic says adults with ADHD may not even know they have it, but the impulsiveness can manifest in different ways. For example, “Inability to control impulses can range from impatience waiting in line or driving in traffic to mood swings and outbursts of anger,” notes the source.
These symptoms are in line with other traits on the clinic’s adult ADHD list, including frequent mood swings, hot temper, low frustration tolerance and trouble coping with stress. Other sources note impulsiveness can mean saying whatever’s on your mind without considering the consequences, such as buying things you don’t need, suddenly quitting a job, or engaging in unprotected intimate encounters.