what about? How does ADHD appear in adult men and women?

The seemingly simple questions are often the hardest to answer. How are you? Every week we try to find an answer to such questions. This time: Only Busy Kids Have ADHD, Right?

What are the characteristics of ADHD?

ADHD means Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. This English term includes two important characteristics of ADHD: problems with concentration and hyperactivity. Psychologists distinguish roughly 3 main forms of ADHD. First, if you have it, you may be mostly oblivious and have trouble concentrating. The second form is mostly hyperactive/impulsive and expresses itself in busy behaviour. The latter form is a combination of both symptoms. People with ADHD can have serious disruptions at school and at work. It can also have social consequences. Consider decreased independence, aggressive behavioral disturbances, sleep problems, depression, burnout, anxiety disorders, and difficulty building relationships.

How does attention deficit hyperactivity disorder arise?

If someone has ADHD, it can have several causes. It can be genetic, but environmental factors can also play a role. This relates to the number of incentives you receive at a young age, as well as your upbringing. For example, did you learn from home to build order and order into your day? Or did you grow up very free, without rules? It can make a difference in your later life.

Can adults get it too?

Elementary school children who “bounce” in all directions are perhaps the most well-known form of ADHD behavior. But the disorder has different manifestations. Adults can only find out they have it at a (much) later age. It’s not without reason that October is traditionally dominated by ADHD awareness. On October 14, there is a special day for women with ADHD.

Is there a difference between men and women?

The focus on women with ADHD is relatively new. For children, boys are diagnosed with ADHD more often than girls. At this age, the disorder appears mainly in physical behavior, and is more pronounced in boys than in girls. Boys usually process incoming stimuli through vigorous exercise. On the other hand, most girls do it in their heads. There is much less difference in prognosis between adult men and women. Women usually only find out relatively late. Moreover, ADHD is not characterized by physical disturbance, but by internal disturbance at a later age. Although it can lead to physical complaints, such as extreme fatigue, without proper treatment.

What are typical ADHD characteristics of a woman?

For example, Jorna Postma only found out that she had ADHD when she was 38 years old. For most women, it does not translate to active (excessive) actions and impulsiveness, but rather to fatigue and procrastination. “Starting a mission is hard. You know you have to do something, but you can’t. Postma says in coffee time. “Planning and structuring are very difficult if I just don’t do it. Today is a big improvisation show, if I don’t have a good routine. The other things are emotion control and impulse control. I always say yes to something before I think about it. And you can go from 0 to 100 in a split second, which it explodes in one go. That’s very tiring.”

How do you deal with (a person with) ADHD?

This is perhaps the most important question for people with ADHD and those around them. Depending on the severity of the disorder, they may take medications such as Ritalin. But this only has a temporary effect and also carries the risk of addiction. Psychological help can also help. Through conversations with experts and/or colleagues who have ADHD, people with ADHD—and their loved ones—can better understand their disorder and give it a place. This can provide more peace of mind at home, at work, and in social situations.

What are people with ADHD good at?

ADHD leads not only to burdens, but also pleasures. Many people with ADHD may be impulsive and easily distracted, but they are also above the creative and social average. Moreover, they can throw themselves into a task with enthusiasm and energy, if it is in their area of ​​interest. “The big difference is that we are more interest paid (Acting out of intrinsic interest, editor). and more others Task Enginen (Working outside of task awareness and sense of duty, editor),” Postma explains. “So if something interests us, we can get into hyperfocus. For example, create a website in 3 days.

(Source: GGZ Standards, Coffee Time, Mentally Better, PsyQ. Photo: Shutterstock)

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