Do I Have ADHD?

What Is ADHD and What Are Treatment Options for This Disorder?

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is commonly known to affect children; however, this disorder can also impact adults. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), ADHD impacts approximately 4.4% of adults between the ages 18 to 44 in the U.S. ADHD can severely impact a person’s ability to achieve career or academic aspirations, to form meaningful and healthy relationships, or build self-esteem. To cope with the negative impact of ADHD in their lives, some adults turn to substances or process addictions.

Create Recovery Center of West Los Angeles is here to help those who are struggling with a dual diagnosis of ADHD and addiction. You can learn new skills to manage your symptoms of ADHD while freeing yourself from addiction. If you or a loved one is suffering from ADHD, you may notice the following behaviors:

  • Inattention:
    • Forgetfulness
    • Overlooking details when completing tasks
    • Having difficulty sustaining attention during conversations, work meetings, or lectures
    • Appearing to not be listening during a conversation
    • Inability to follow-through and complete tasks or chores
    • Struggling to organize events or tasks
    • Avoiding tasks that require sustained mental effort
    • Easily going off-topic during conversations or off-task when working on projects
  • Hyperactivity:
    • Unable to sit still
    • Fidgeting or moving legs while sitting
    • Feeling restless
    • Inability to relax
    • Constantly in motion or “on the go”
    • Talking nonstop during a conversation
  • Impulsivity:
    • Interrupting others during conversations and meetings
    • Having difficulty waiting for their turn during group activities or projects
    • Giving up new activities or challenges due to a low frustration tolerance

Behavioral patterns like this can significantly disrupt a person’s ability to maintain a job or career, build relationships with others, or find fulfillment from achievements. When a person is unable to sustain their attention to accomplish a goal, they might feel shame or guilt about not following through. Feelings of guilt and shame can lower a person’s self-esteem and feelings of self-worth. Create Recovery can help to rebuild your self-esteem and self-confidence so that you can manage your ADHD symptoms in healthy ways!

Quiz: Do I Have ADHD?

Quiz: Do I Have ADHD?

Over the last six months, how often have you experienced the following symptoms: