Spotting the Signs of ADHD in Adults

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ADHD and Adults
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A licensed psychologist in Dallas, Texas, Dr. Mark Cartwright treats children, adolescents, and adults for a wide range of mental illnesses and developmental issues. Since 2008, Dr. Mark Cartwright has worked at Carewright Clinical Services in Dallas, diagnosing and treating conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which in some cases is not detected until adulthood.

Many adults with ADHD may have been labeled troublemakers or dreamers during childhood, but symptoms were not pronounced enough to prompt an evaluation. As time goes on and responsibilities pertaining to home, relationships, and career increase, ADHD shows itself in a variety of ways. The two main components of the condition are an inability to pay attention and hyperactivity.

Patients may have trouble organizing and prioritizing daily tasks or “zone out” during an activity. Forgetfulness, chronic lateness, and poor listening skills are other symptoms, as are extreme mood swings and difficulties dealing with criticism. Those with the condition may also have impulse control issues and engage in risky behaviors such as driving too fast.

All of these symptoms can not only negatively affect jobs and relationships but also contribute to low self-esteem, as patients beat themselves up for not being able to maintain control of their lives. A qualified mental health professional can make a diagnosis of ADHD and recommend lifestyle and behavioral changes to achieve more focus and calm.

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