ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects people’s ability to pay attention, control impulses, emotions, and be organised. It is a lifelong condition that is often diagnosed in childhood, but it can also go undiagnosed until adulthood.

The symptoms of adult ADHD vary from person to person, but they can typically include:

  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Hyperactivity or restlessness
  • Impulsivity
  • Disorganisation
  • Forgetfulness
  • Problems with time management
  • Trouble following through on tasks
  • Difficulty controlling emotions
  • Low self-esteem


Adult ADHD can have a significant impact on a person’s life. It can interfere with work, education, relationships, and other areas of functioning. However, there are effective treatments available for adult ADHD, including medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes.

If you think you may have adult ADHD, it is important to talk to your doctor. They can assess your symptoms and recommend the best treatment plan for you.

James has combined-presentation ADHD and is one of the founding members of ADHDadultUK, a registered charity and peer-led support group for for adults with ADHD. The ADHDadultUK charity website can be found here.

An article James co-wrote for The Conversation UK on adult ADHD can be found here.

Focus on adult ADHD, an online magazine for adults with ADHD can be found here.


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