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Although attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is commonly thought of as a childhood disorder, this condition can occur in adults as well. It is estimated that between 30 and 70 percent of children with this disorder will also have ADHD as adults.
However, adult ADHD is a more complex disorder, as it involves more than simply having problems paying attention or controlling impulses. Adults tend to have problems determining when tasks need to be done.
In many cases, adults with ADHD do not realize they have this disorder. They may just feel like it's impossible to get organized, stick to a job, or keep an appointment. For these adults, even the action of getting up, getting dressed and ready for the day's work, getting to work on time, and being productive on the job can be major challenges.
(Click Adult ADHD for more details about this disorder, including what causes it, how it is diagnosed, and possible treatment options.)
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