Is Adult ADHD a Disability? by LuAnn Pierce



Life can be a balancing act for any adult, but For those who are constantly disorganized, forgetful, and overwhelmed by their responsibilities, you may have ADD/ADHD. Attention deficit disorder affects many adults, and its wide variety of frustrating symptoms can hinder everything from your relationships to your career. Help is available.

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There is much confusion about ADHD – many are unsure it even exists, and some consider it an excuse for bad behavior, procrastination, disorganization and missing deadlines. Until recently, the diagnostic criteria for the disorder did not include older adolescents and adults. The American Academy of Pediatrics changed the ages for diagnosis of ADHD from ages   6 – 12 to ages 4 – 18 (and above) in late 2011.

College students and adults in the workforce who were not diagnosed when younger often find themselves struggling in adulthood. Many who were previously treated have stopped taking ADHD medication, hoping to outgrow the symptoms after puberty, as doctors once believed. They are often surprised when they begin to have similar problems as adults. Frequently these adults need to be officially diagnosed (again) and treated for adult ADHD to keep their jobs or save their grades.

Russell Barkley and others have reported…

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