The signs and symptoms of ADHD can be different for teenagers and young adults than for adults. So, it can be helpful to understand these signs and symptoms to identify potential cases of ADHD in a young adult’s life. While ADHD is treatable, diagnosis is necessary first. But, before a diagnosis can happen, identifying the signs and symptoms is important to determine if help is necessary.
Essentially, ADHD is characterized by two things:
Individuals who are diagnosed with ADHD may struggle with both or only one of these categories that characterize this condition. Individuals who are only affected by symptoms of trouble focusing and concentrating may be diagnosed with ADD, which is harder to identify and diagnose.
In many cases, signs and symptoms of ADHD can be recognized and identified as early as 6 years of age. However, ADHD can be harder to diagnose if a child is only experiencing one of the general signs of ADHD, either hyperactivity or trouble concentrating, which is more often to happen with girls than boys.
Some examples of signs of trouble focusing in teens and young adults living with ADHD include:
Signs and symptoms of hyperactivity in teens and young adults living with ADHD include:
Living with these symptoms as young adults or teens can make things especially challenging with school, friendships, relationships with adults, and responsibilities.
Sometimes, young adults and teenagers living with ADHD can be at a higher risk for developing concurring issues including:
Depression: Depressive disorders are mental health conditions that are characterized by episodes of severe sadness, hopelessness, and even suicidal thoughts/behaviors. People living with depressive disorders may isolate themselves from others, avoid previously enjoyed activities, and sleep too much or too little.
Anxiety: Anxiety disorders are also mental health conditions that are characterized by episodes of anxiety. These episodes can include panic attacks, which can resemble heart attacks with chest pain, severe fear, and sweating. Anxiety disorders can also come with symptoms of isolation and avoidance, rapid heart rate, and extreme worrying.
Sleep Disorders: Sleep disorders are characterized by unhealthy sleep patterns that can include insomnia, not being able to fall asleep or stay asleep, and sleeping too much.
Treatment is effective in helping to control the symptoms of ADHD as they can negatively impact a young adult’s life. Medications and therapy are helpful in identifying and utilizing coping skills and transforming behaviors. Here at Yellowbrick, we offer outpatient help for families and young adults living with a number of mental health issues, including ADHD. Find out more about our programs and services at our Evanston location today from our website.
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A mental health condition that’s characterized by intense shifts in mood including both manic and depressive episodes.
People living with Major Depressive Disorder, or MDD, experience episodes of depression and sadness that are debilitating to daily life.
Those living with anxiety disorders experience high levels of anxiety and stress that interfere negatively with daily life.
A mental health issue in which a person’s cognitive function is impaired, resulting in symptoms like experiencing challenges with conducting speech, reading and writing, and behavior.
Mental health disorders that negatively affect a person’s behaviors, thought patterns, and function. People diagnosed with these disorders experience challenges with managing relationships and understanding various situations.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition that people can develop as a result of experiencing traumatic situations, characterized by symptoms including flashbacks, avoidance behaviors, and more.
A mental health condition that is characterized by specific symptoms of forgetfulness and lack of concentration, which makes it challenging to complete necessary tasks.
Mental health conditions that interfere with a person’s eating habits, thought patterns, and behaviors in negative ways.
A mental health disorder diagnosable with the DSM-5 that is characterized by both obsessions and compulsive behaviors.