ADD/ADHD and Adults

People often associate attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) with children and adolescents but it can also affect young adults and adults. While ADD/ADHD is a commonly diagnosed mental health condition, it is not always treated early enough or effectively and can continue into adulthood. In fact, half of the children with ADD/ADHD will carry it into their adult lives.

Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder are common enough that they have made their way into our popular lingo. Despite their prevalence, however, ADD/ADHD are conditions that require professional treatment. Not treating or self-treating ADD/ADHD can lead to other problems, including school or job performance, relationships and substance abuse, to name a few.


What is Attention Deficit Disorder?

ADD/ADHD are mental health conditions, often indicated by persistent inattention or lack of focus and/or impulsive or hyperactive behavior. This is usually most noticeable at school or work, where individuals may have trouble staying on task, appear constantly disorganized, or often make careless mistakes. As an adult, this can affect job performance or the ability to keep a job. Experts estimate that over 50 million people worldwide suffer from some form of ADD/ADHD.


Signs and Symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder

The National Institute for Mental Health lists some of the following as indicators of ADD/ADHD:

Overlooking details or making careless mistakes at school or work

Trouble paying attention during lectures or meetings

“Spacing out” when spoken to directly

Being easily sidetracked or lacking follow through

Organizational problems


Being unable to engage in quiet tasks or hobbies

Being overly talkative

Interrupting others


ADD/ADHD are often co-occurring. Furthermore, individuals suffering from these conditions often “self-medicate” with alcohol or drugs, which often leads to substance abuse. When a person suffers from both a mental health condition and a substance abuse disorder, they need treatment for both conditions. This is called a dual diagnosis.


If you or someone you love is suffering from ADD/ADHD or substance abuse, please consider professional treatment. The staff at D’Amore Healthcare is on call 24/7 at 714.375.1110. We heal with heart.