By Gail Goldberg, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Therapy Services
“I have always had a motivation problem,” a young adult, often a man, says to me. “I haven’t lived up to my potential. I’m having problems in my relationships and my job that I could have avoided if I had just gotten my act together sooner.”
Adults who share reflections like these were not diagnosed with ADHD in childhood; they were simply labeled as behavior problems, disorganized, or unmotivated.
Now the hyperactive or inattentive child has turned into an adult who has “issues” in dealing with the complexity of everyday life.
Many people are not aware that ADHD affects adults. They just think of the child who can’t sit still or who “acts out.” But, in fact, about 4.7 percent of adults live with ADHD, and not all of them have the hyperactivity.
Since there is not a simple test to diagnose ADHD, how can you tell if you have it? Read more...