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Can ADHD form at an older age?

By July 28, 2014 - 1:18pm
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Can ADHD form when you are older (or over time), or are you born with this? What are the symptoms of mild ADHD? How do I know if I have it and how can I be treated for it?

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Hello Carrie,

ADHD or Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is one of the most common childhood disorders. It can continue through adolescence and adulthood. The average age of onset is 7 years old. Symptoms include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity.

There are three subtypes:
predominately hyperactive-impulsive
predominately inattentive
combined hyperactive-impulsive and inattentive

Inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are the key behaviors of ADHD. For children with ADHD, these behaviors are more severe and occur more often. To be diagnosed with the disorder, a child must have symptoms for 6 or more months and to a degree that is greater than other children of the same age.

No single test can diagnose a child as having ADHD. Instead, a licensed health professional needs to gather information about the child, and his or her behavior and environment.

To be diagnosed with the condition, an adult must have ADHD symptoms that began in childhood and continued throughout adulthood.

Treatments include medication, various types of psychotherapy, education or training, or a combination of treatments.

Carrie, I hope I have answered your questions.

July 28, 2014 - 5:48pm
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