10 Things You Need to Know About Adult ADHD
By Erin O’Donnell
Most of us think of ADHD (or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), as a problem of childhood, but this neurological condition remains a fact of life for many people as they grow into adults.
When untreated, ADHD can trigger a host of difficulties, including trouble in relationships and career, low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety, says psychiatrist Edward Hallowell, M.D., director of the Hallowell Centers for Cognitive and Behavioral Health in Sudbury, Mass., and New York City. He is author of numerous books on ADHD, including Delivered from Distraction, about ADHD treatment, and the new Married to Distraction, written with his wife, Sue George Hallowell. He also has ADHD himself.
Despite the potential difficulties created by this condition, Hallowell believes that its positive attributes—such as creativity and intelligence—actually make ADHD a gift. “The trick is to turn it into an asset in your life,” he says. Here he reveals the best ways to take control and make that happen.
Erin O’Donnell is a former editor of Natural Health magazine. She writes about health and wellbeing, and lives in Wisconsin.