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    Default ADHD: It’s not just for Kids

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    Many people are familiar with ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) in children. However, research has shown that 60% of children who have ADHD will continue to experience symptoms as an adult. It is estimated that between 1-5% of adults in the U.S. have ADHD.1

    It is not uncommon for healthy people to occasionally have a hard time focusing. However, individuals with ADHD express the following characteristics constantly — to the point where it can interfere with work and social life.2

    Distractibility – Difficultly concentrating and paying attention to a task
    Hyperactivity – Restless with a constant need to do something
    Impulsivity – Not sufficiently able to control immediate reactions
    Again, we all experience these things from time to time, but if you deal with any one of these symptoms daily … you may just have adult ADHD.

    How is ADHD Diagnosed?

    Read more: http://blog.lef.org/2012/02/adhd-dia...or-adults.html

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    Default Re: ADHD: It’s not just for Kids

    I think that 60% is low. IMO if a child truly has ADHD (and has not been misdiagnosed -- something I think is very common) he will continue to have ADHD as an adult. It resembles Aspergers in some ways.
    I also think the hyperactivity part of ADHD is not the worst part. The hardest part is they simply cannot focus no matter how much they desperately want to do so. (Unless they are in hyperfocus mode where their brilliance shows.)

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    Default Re: ADHD: It’s not just for Kids

    My experience has been the same, Highlander. ADHD and learning disabilities (LDs) carry over into adulthood; neither is something you outgrow. With time you learn to manage and live with these conditions — some more successfully than others. I give fair dues to all of them because I've watched how hard they have to struggle..how fast they have to run just to keep up with the rest of the pack.
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