Recognizing the Signs of ADHD

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is characterized by persistent problems with concentration and impulsive behavior. It’s also mistakenly assumed to be a problem that only impacts children, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

At Murphy Medical Associates, our experienced team understands the complexity of ADHD and the way it can interfere with your everyday life. If you notice any of these symptoms in yourself or your child, we recommend scheduling a consultation for more information.

The early warning signs of ADHD

The precise cause of ADHD isn’t known, but it’s typically believed to be a combination of genetics, environment, and developmental problems with the central nervous system. As a result, ADHD is typically present from birth. 

However, it can take time to detect symptoms, and some individuals don’t receive a diagnosis until adulthood — or ever.

Some of the earliest signs of ADHD occur in elementary school and often include:

It’s also common for parents to feel as though their ADHD children are always daydreaming, misplace everything, and can’t remember what they learn because they miss instructions or explanations. 

As children grow older, they can also have problems reading social cues, compromising with their peers, and maintaining good personal hygiene.

ADHD as you grow

While some ADHD symptoms can fade as you mature, many people continue having major ADHD symptoms well into adulthood. Unfortunately, many adults don’t realize ADHD is to blame for their everyday challenges.

Common signs of ADHD in adulthood include:

These challenges can make it difficult to perform in the workplace and at home, even disrupting your daily life.

When could it be ADHD?

Almost everyone experiences ADHD symptoms at some point, and it can be especially challenging to identify problems since many children have high energy levels. However, persistent and disruptive symptoms, including inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, could be a sign of a disorder.

Because ADHD can share similar symptoms with other mental health disorders and certain learning disabilities, it’s essential to schedule an appointment to reach an accurate diagnosis.

While there isn’t a cure for this condition, highly effective treatment options can help to manage ADHD symptoms.

Treatments for ADHD include:

There are also several school-based programs that provide additional educational services to some children with ADHD.

Could you or your child have ADHD? Don’t hesitate to reach out for solutions. Contact one of our convenient offices in Greenwich, Stamford, and Stratford, Connecticut, by calling or sending us a message online today.

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