There are various signs of ADHD but some can differ from children, as a specialist care home,  Freedom Care feel its important to be aware of these to allow us to be able to meet those with complex health needs.

  1. Restlessness – while in children this can show as overly energetic, in adults their behaviour could come across as edgy or restless.

  2. Procrastination – Adults with ADHD like to defer or put things off.  Deadlines make them anxious and can be all they focus on.

  3. Quick tempered – Adults with ADHD can be very quick to temper  but can also be completely calm within minutes.

  4. Completing Tasks – Failing to finish tasks can be a sign of ADHD within adults. Research has shown that most successful ADHD patients are entrepreneurs who recognise  this issue and surround themselves with people who will focus on the “details” for them.

  5. Impulsive – A symptom within adults can be acting on impulse as opposed to thinking things through.  This can take the form of perhaps saying what’s on their mind without weighing up the consequences  or impulse buying with little thought about the repercussions.

  6. Easily Distracted – With ADHD, sustaining focus is an issue, external noises and daydreaming can be an easy distraction, this makes even tasks like watching a film difficult.

  7. Disorganised – Adults with ADHD getting and staying organised is a complete challenge. As a result you could regularly misplace common items like phones, wallet and keys. Research has shown that breaking organisation tasks down into smaller chunks, can help.

  8. Thrill Seeking – One of the symptoms in adults is that they are often drawn to activities that are stimulating, sometimes engaging in risky business like fast driving cars and gambling.

  9. Academic Problems – As a child they may have showed symptoms, difficulty in sitting still, paying attention to the teacher and focusing on work.  This in later years may be recognised as the early stages.

  10. Genetics – Research has shown that 35% of sufferers have someone else in the family with the same condition.

At Freedom Care we look at these symptoms and work with the individual to help identify ways for them to live a meaningful life.  Taking a person centered care approach can aid this by developing individual timetable that fits around a clients wishes and needs.

For information on how we can help you or a family member, please contact us here.

 

Taken from: http://www.cbsnews.com/2300-204_162-10007871-16.html

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