ADHD in Young Adults: How to ManageJanuary 22, 2021
If you experience frequent and persistent problems with issues such as paying attention, hyperactivity, or impulsive behavior, you may be one of the many young adults struggling with ADHD. Recognizing and treating ADHD in young adults is crucial because ADHD can lead to poor school or work performance, low self-esteem, and an inability to maintain healthy relationships.
Symptoms of ADHD in young adults
ADHD is commonly thought of as a child and adolescent condition, but it can carry over to adulthood making the already difficult balancing act of becoming an adult even more challenging. Symptoms of ADHD in adults can look very different than symptoms in children, so it’s important to understand what to look for if you are concerned you may be struggling with ADHD. The following are some warning signs to look for:
– Difficulty concentrating and staying focused: Adults with ADHD are able to focus on tasks they find engaging, but can become easily distracted by low-priority tasks that others often ignore. This can also include frequent zoning out, poor listening skills, growing bored quickly, and overlooking details.
– Disorganization and forgetfulness: When young adults are struggling with ADHD, they typically will have poor organizational skills including procrastination, frequent tardiness, forgetting about important appointments and projects, and constantly misplacing items.
– Impulsivity: This symptom of ADHD can contribute to poor self-control and a tendency to talk over or interrupt others. This can also manifest in struggling to behave in socially appropriate ways.
– Hyperactivity or restlessness: Those with adult ADHD often struggle with constant, racing thoughts or seem like they are doing a million things at once. Because boredom comes so easily through restlessness, this can lead to a tendency to take risks.
Tips for young adults with ADHD
If you are struggling with adult ADHD there are many tips you can follow to help you cope with the symptoms you are experiencing. Try these ideas to help achieve focus and calm:
1. Develop structure and habits – Building good habits of writing lists and creating daily routines is the first step to organization. One way to achieve this is by creating space; figure out what you need on a daily basis and specify areas for those things so they don’t get lost. It can also be beneficial to get a calendar or a planner that you utilize daily to keep track of important events and keep you accountable.
2. Hone your time management skills – Since those with ADHD have a different perception of how time passes, it can be helpful to utilize strategies that will effectively manage your time. Take notice of the time when you begin a task or use timers that will signify that your allotted time for a task has expired. Also, take care to give yourself even more time than you think you need to complete a task.
3. Develop money management skills – Set yourself up for success by establishing an online banking system so you don’t need to keep track of paper documents. You can also enroll in auto-payments so you don’t have to remember each month when the bills are due.
4. Establish a system of self-care – Struggling with ADHD often correlates with extra stress, but stress can be mitigated by regular exercise, time outdoors, establishing healthy sleep patterns, and practicing mindfulness.
If you are struggling to manage your ADHD, treatment programs like Trails Momentum can help you build the skills you need to cope with your condition.
Trails Momentum can help
Trails Momentum is a leading adventure-based program that helps young adults 18-25 find their path to success. We work with young adults who are actively interested in cultivating authentic relationships with others, solidifying their identities as individuals, and seeking the skills necessary to feel confident and successful as adults. For more information, please call (828) 457-8576.