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VERIFIED CONTENTAuthor: Marcin Florkowski, PhD in psychology from the University of Zielona Góra

From generation to generation, the number of adults with ADHD who had difficulty concentrating and were hyperactive in childhood is growing. Here are 8 simple and proven tips for everyone who has a problem with ADHD.

ADHD in adults ? If you thoughtattention deficit hyperactivity disorderis something that it outgrows with age, then you are wrong.Adult with ADHDlife is not easy at all. The same troubles as in childhood, but the demands of the environment are greater. After all, it is difficult for each person you meet to explain their ailments and difficulties it brings.

At least half of children with ADHD experience the effects of hyperactivity in adulthood. It is important for such people to be able to survive the symptoms of hyperactivity, especially in terms of attention span.

If you were a hyperactive child, you probably remember that strange feeling of liveliness that almost never left you and may still be heard today. Now you probably have a lot of ideas, you are in a hurry, you like to talk (listening is worse), you can't stand idleness badly, you may have some addiction. But you are in good company!

The hyperactive children were: Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Agatha Christie, Tom Cruise, Cher, as well as Szymon Majewski and Joanna Szczepkowska.

People with ADHD have trouble concentrating

All people sometimes have symptoms ofhyperactivity . A man who is called "on the rug" to the boss and thinks that he may be fired soon, behaves like a person withADHD : he cannot sit still, focus, nibble his fingers, snaps with a pen. This behavior is caused by emotions, notpsychomotor hyperactivity .

The same is with children. If the symptoms of hyperactivity are present only at home or only at school (and not otherwise), the causes of these behaviors are likely to be emotional disorders, anxiety, tension, learned habits, etc.

On the other hand, hyperactive children can sometimes act as if they have no trouble concentrating. Parents often say: "He is so calm, he can sit for hours in front of a computer or TV." Unfortunately, such behaviordo not rule out hyperactivity.

Hyperactive people are controlled by two types of mechanisms. One of them is an interest in something - when it occurs, the child can concentrate on the task for a relatively long time. Those who suffer from ADHD, however, cannot do something else - focus on what is of little interest to them, freely direct their concentration.

The environment can be confused because sometimes the child acts as if they are hyperactive and sometimes they are not. The key issue here is recognizing whether concentration occurs "when it must", and not only when a person is interested in something.

You don't outgrow ADHD

At least half of the hyperactive children will experience its effects in adulthood. This manifests itself in two ways. The first is to survive the symptoms of hyperactivity, especially in the field of attention deficit disorder. This mainly applies to girls, they are less likely to grow out of hyperactivity.

How is it manifested? Here is an example of Alice. Alicja was 28 years old, husband and son. She never thought of herself as a hyperactive person, although as a child she often "landed" on the rug at the headmaster's and the school's pedagogue, she also visited a psychologist. As an adult, she had many traits of hyperactivity. Even a small amount of stress made her feel an irresistible urge to go to the toilet, or a head bolt on her way. One misplaced word from her husband made her explode, and she got sexually arousing very quickly.

When her son annoyed her, she ran up to him, grabbed his toy and threw it out the window. She happened to drive into a one-way street against the tide. She also got used to the fact that she constantly forgot her keys, her wallet. "After all, I'm a stupid blonde," she joked. The stupidity had nothing to do with it, however.

The second area of ​​symptoms that hyperactivity leaves behind concerns distorted self-esteem and self-image. No child, apart from ADHD people, hears various grievances of adults so often. "You are impossible", "You can't stand you", "Stop madness at last", "Calm down finally" etc.

Added to this is the observation of these children, that in fact it is more difficult for them to complete the task flawlessly, even if they studied it for a long time. They can see by themselves that they are unable to concentrate, while others somehow manage to do so. Due to their impulsiveness, they are usually not particularly liked by their peers and teachers. After all, deep down they often think that something is "wrong" with them.

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Advice for adults with ADHD

1. Don't do two things at once. It stresses you out and will get youirritate. Then it's hard to be calm.

2. Don't confuse your problems with yourself. You have problems, but that doesn't mean you have to think badly of yourself.

3. Remember that you are not the only one with this problem. Find out which famous people suffered fromADHD(and there are many of them).

4. Find out exactly what ADHD is all about. Consider how it manifests itself in you. Emphasize the perks of ADHD (energy, vitality, quick thinking, extroversion, etc.).

5. Createplans for the dayand action plans. Get ready and think through point by point before you start doing something.

6. Clean up. Keep order, not chaos around you.

7. Do sport. Choose the sport that suits you.

8. Routine is good for you. Routine your daily schedule and the activities you do. Be predictable.

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