Signs of Adult ADHD
ADHD is thought to affect around 5% of children in US, and about half of them will continue to experience symptoms into adulthood. According to CDC, the actual number may be higher, as the symptoms of adult ADHD are often subtle and therefore many people may not be diagnosed.
Receiving a diagnosis and following a treatment plan is important, as untreated ADHD can lead to many physical and emotional problems that affect one’s social life, relationships and work.
Below are 8 signs that may suggest you have ADHD. If you experience these signs and they have a significant impact on your day-to-day life, see a doctor to discuss whether you may have this condition.
1. Reckless Driving Leading to Accidents
An adult with ADHD is four times more likely to be involved in a car accident, to receive a speeding ticket and to run a stop sign, according to statistics. They also drive without checking if they have enough gas more often, and are therefore more likely to run out of gas in the middle of the road.
Some tips to avoid these issues:
- Get into the habit of checking the gauge each time you start your car to see if your have enough gas.
- Don’t drive if you’ve had anything to drink
- Avoid distractions while driving: turn off the radio and don’t use your cell phone
- Avoid driving when it’s not necessary – take a walk to the grocery store, use public transportation, or consider car-pooling for the commute to work.
- Always wear a seatbelt
ResourcesWeb MD (10 Problems That Could Mean Adult ADHD)Additudemag (Road Safety: Overcoming Driving Distractions)Healthline (12 Signs of Adult ADHD)
Why is ADHD controversial? Most people agree that ADHD is a legitimate condition, however, the topic about diagnosis and treatment is widely debated.