ADHD May Carry into Adulthood
Several studies have shown that ADHD symptoms persist into adulthood—at least for some children with the disorder. It’s estimated that up to 60 percent of children with ADHD continue to experience symptoms as adults, and about 41 percent experience symptoms and impairment related to the condition in adulthood.
According to a new study, the method used to diagnose ADHD in childhood can lead to a different conclusion about whether symptoms of the condition continue into adulthood or not. A classic diagnostic method may miss ADHD in adults, because the disorder often presents differently in adults than children.
Also, while many adults with ADHD are unable to recognize symptoms in themselves, people who know them well often are able to identify and confirm symptoms of the disorder. Using an adult-based definition of ADHD, and getting information about symptoms from family members, friends, and co-workers, can produce a more accurate picture of ADHD in adults.
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