Many people mistakenly believe that ADHD is a problem confined to childhood – one that children “grow out of.” Yet about half of those who had ADHD in childhood (nearly 5% of Americans) continue to have it into adulthood.
The inattentiveness and difficulty finishing tasks that made it tough for children to sit still in school can evolve into self-esteem issues, trouble holding down a job, and substance abuse problems. These symptoms of adult ADHD can also put a real strain on relationships.
Many adults with ADHD also have never been diagnosed. Until you know you have ADHD, you can’t get the right treatment for it and your relationships could suffer.
How Does ADHD Affect Relationships?
The hallmark symptoms of ADHD — forgetfulness, inattentiveness, difficulty completing tasks, and impulsivity — can all wreak havoc on relationships. All of these issues can be complicated even more if children are involved.