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Adults Living with ADHD
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition characterized by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. The most commonly diagnosed behavior disorder in young people, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that ADHD affects an estimated 2-4 percent of adults. ADHD has a strong genetic component and runs in families; therefore, it is not uncommon for a parent of a child with ADHD to begin to recognize their own symptoms as they engage in supporting their child’s treatment process.
Many of the strategies that help youth with ADHD, including structure, organizational tips and coaching as well as medication interventions, are helpful for adults living with ADHD. Developing an individualized approach to your treatment, one that focuses on your strengths and circumstances, is just as critical for you as an adult as it is for children.
In this section, NAMI offers a variety of information, tips and resources to assist you in understanding adults with ADHD.
ADHD and Relationships
Forging and maintaining relationships can be difficult across the lifespan if you’re living with ADHD. While social issues can be problematic in childhood, they can become even more acute in adulthood. Read more.
ADHD and Work
One of the major areas of focus for adults living with ADHD is learning to manage the disorder in the workplace. Learn about your legal rights related to workplace modifications. Read more.
ADHD and Cultural Differences
While Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) occurs at the same rate across ethnic and racial communities, culture and race can be a strong determinant in whether someone receives the treatment they need for the disorder. Read more.
Personal Stories: Barbara French
ADHD has affected all stages of Barbara's life.
"Many people think that ADHD stops after a certain age, but it doesn’t."
Read more about Barbara's story.