Adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a complex disorder with a wide range of effects. Adult ADHD, despite the name, usually begins in childhood and persists into adulthood. Though symptoms are often less obvious in adults, their effects are still clear. ADHD can affect many areas of a person’s life, including their work, school, and relationships.


1. Symptoms of Inattentive-Type ADHD

ADHD in adulthood can have a variety of symptoms depending on the form. Adults with inattentive-type ADHD typically have difficulty focusing on tasks. External stimuli or thoughts can distract them from their current objective. It is extremely common for adults with this form to procrastinate or avoid tasks that require intense focus. They may also have trouble with time management and organization.

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