A common adult disorder, thought to be persistence of childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD. Characterised primarily by inner restlessness rather than hyperactivity; impatience; sensation seeking and excessive spending rather than impulsivity; inattention; and functional impairment with underachievement and disorganisation. Diagnosed by clinical history. Self-report should not be the main source of information. Collateral history is extremely useful. Neuropsychological testing can be of use in some cases.
Adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
14 Adult ADHD Signs and Symptoms
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Symptoms and Signs of Adult ADHD
Jump to navigation. From a clinical point of view, ADHD is characterised by hyperactivity, mood instability, irritability, difficulties in maintaining attention, lack of organisation, and impulsive behaviours. Occurrence of other disorders at the the same time is common, especially mood disorders and substance abuse. Amphetamines a type of stimulant are thought to improve ADHD symptoms, but there are concerns about how safe they are for regular use by patients with ADHD. Reviewers found 19 studies, which enrolled patients.