attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is actually everyone’s “I’m distracted too” or “I’m hyperactive too, I can’t sit still, I’m impetuous.” Although it seems like a situation that they think they have a little bit of their own, it is actually very different.

Especially in adulthood, we can define it very roughly as “difficulty in self-management”. Because, in fact, ADHD has much wider problem areas than the definitions of “the boy who climbs the flat wall” or “he is smart but does not work because he does not want to, he does not work” or “the phone does not leave the computer even if we call 10 times”. For this reason, it is much more difficult to diagnose correctly due to its similar appearance to other disorders in adulthood.

Especially in adulthood, extreme sensitivity in peer relations, experiencing emotions at the highest and lowest levels, and therefore difficulty in maintaining their own emotional balance even during the day, difficulty in time management; for example, often being late or intolerant of waiting, difficulty in controlling behaviors that may arise as a result of anger, impulsive sedative behaviors due to insufficient emotional balance (for example, emotional eating, shopping or alcohol-substance use, etc.), difficulty in maintaining continuity in interpersonal relationships, intolerance to criticism Problems that affect almost every aspect of daily life, such as not being able to start a job or not finishing it on time, or procrastination, may occur.

Of course, this and every similar situation does not show that there is a diagnosis of ADHD, like every syndrome in psychiatry.

Diagnosis is made by clinical, psychiatrist evaluation, especially in adult individuals, and the life history, root family history; This assessment is very important as it is known that ADHD is a genetically inherited condition. Psychometric tests are not diagnostic, they are supportive of the diagnosis.

At the end of all these scenarios, especially in adults, ADHD is a condition that can be very confused with Anxiety Disorder or Depression. Therefore, of course, differential diagnosis is very important. If you think you have a similar problem with yourself, please consult a psychiatrist.

To healthy days,

Dr. Story ONAL

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