Adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) previously known as ADD, is a mental health disorder with symptoms, including difficulty paying attention, hyperactivity, disorganisation and impulsive behaviour. Although there is still a lot to be understood about ADHD and its related symptoms if left untreated adult ADHD can eventually lead to substance misuse which usually leads to co-occurring disorders, unstable relationships, depression, poor work performance and low self-esteem.
ADHD often goes unrecognised throughout childhood. That was especially common in the past when very few people were aware of it. Instead of recognising your symptoms and identifying the real issue, your family, teachers, or others may have labelled you as a goof-off, troublemaker, dreamer, slacker, or just a bad student. Alternately, you may be able to accommodate with the symptoms of ADHD when you were still young, only to run into troubles as your responsibilities grew as an adult. The more balls you are now trying to keep in the air—pursuing a career, raising a family, running a household—the higher the demand on your abilities to organise, remain calm and focus. That can be challenging for many people, but if you have ADHD, it can feel almost impossible!