Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ( ADHD) affects millions of kids, teens, and adults around the world. Unfortunately, this disorder can go undiagnosed for years and years if you’re not sure what to look for in terms of symptoms. That’s why we’ve created this brief beginner’s guide to help you understand ADHD a little bit better.
ADHD comes with a few telltale signs. The most common symptoms to look out for include difficulty concentrating, a short attention span, a lack of organizational skills, and trouble focusing on one thing for long periods of time.
It’s also possible that people with ADHD will hyperfocus on one thing for long periods of time, especially if it’s something they’re passionate about.
Many people are diagnosed with ADHD at a young age, but some still slip through the cracks. Women and girls are most likely to live with undiagnosed ADHD well into adulthood, while boys typically get diagnosed most often during early childhood. While living with undiagnosed ADHD isn’t life or death, it can certainly present some challenges. Fortunately, ADHD symptoms are becoming more well-known, which can make getting a diagnosis during adulthood easier.