Adult ADHD

By: Jillian Curry

ADHD is commonly considered a disorder experienced exclusively in childhood.  Children with ADHD are characterized by their inability to pay attention, along with their hyperactive and impulsive behaviors.  However, it has recently been recognized that adults too can suffer from symptoms of ADHD.

Some ways that ADHD presents itself in adults include:

  1. Anxiety/racing thoughts
  2. Inability to focus (distractibility)
  3. Poor self-control (impulsivity)
  4. Difficulty following directions and completing tasks
  5. Persistent lateness and procrastination

While many of these symptoms may seem common, treatment should be sought if they occur to a degree that impairs everyday functioning and well-being.  Treatment options for adults suffering from ADHD include cognitive-behavioral therapy and/or stimulant medications such as Adderall, Concerta, and Ritalin.

If you are concerned you may be suffering from symptoms of ADHD, feel free to contact our Bergen County, NJ or Manhattan offices of psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychotherapists for an evaluation.

Arista Counseling and Psychiatric Services (201) 368-3700 or (212) 722-1920

More detailed information can be found at


Emerson, Jeff. (2014). “Anxious, Distractible, Impulsive? 5 Signs You May Have Adult ADHD” from “Living With Adult ADHD: Helping Adults Living with or Affected by ADHD” in

Edgar, Julie. “Treating Adult ADHD” in


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