October is ADHD Awareness Month – ADHD in Adults

October is ADHD Awareness Month and all of us here at PNC would like to bring your attention to the fact that ADHD is not just for kids.   Did you know that the most decorated Olympian, Michael Phelps, was diagnosed with ADHD as a child? As an adult with ADHD, Michael has managed to channel his energy and focus on his passion for swimming and take full advantage of the positive side of ADHD!  With the appropriate supports, individuals with ADHD can maximize their ability to reach their goals.  One strategy is to consult with an organizational coach to improve your ability to complete tasks, time management skills, and overall planning.Signs and Symptoms of Adult ADHD- How Do I Know if I Need to Be Evaluated?

Most adults who seek an evaluation for ADHD find they are experiencing some or many of the following symptoms.  Furthermore, such symptoms cause significant problems in their daily life

• Inconsistent performance in jobs or careers; losing or quitting jobs frequently

• History of academic and/or career underachievement

• Poor ability to manage day-to-day responsibilities, such as completing household chores, maintenance tasks, paying bills or organizing things

• Relationship problems due to not completing tasks, forgetting important things or getting upset easily over minor things

• Chronic stress and worry due to failure to accomplish goals and meet responsibilities

• Chronic and intense feelings of frustration, guilt or blame

ADHD is most often diagnosed in children during their school-age years and it often continues into adulthood. Yet, many young adults go undiagnosed and untreated into college and adulthood which can impact relationships, work performance, and daily tasks.  However, with the right diagnosis and the right tools, teens and adults can learn to help navigate signs and symptoms of ADHD, recognize their strengths, and learn tips and tools for managing adult ADHD.

Tips and Tools to Manage Adult ADHD

Fortunately, there are many helpful and successful strategies to manage many of the symptoms of adult ADHD.  Some of these include use of technology, visualization, and task manager tools.  Check out these useful resources:

Managing Your ADHD with the Right Tool

ADHD and 20 Ways to Remember What You Want

Adults with ADHD: Tips for Juggling Life in Today’s Frenetic World

Teens with ADHD Transitioning to Adulthood

It is sometimes hard to imagine our young children will soon be teenagers and we will need to start thinking more closely about preparing them for the “real world.”  This can feel even more daunting if your child struggles with ADHD.  With the right tools and strategies, the transition to adulthood can be more successful for you and your teen. Check out the following resources:

Teens with ADD Transitioning Into Adulthood

How to Prepare Your Student with ADHD for College

Coaching Tips and Strategies for Managing the College Process for Students with ADHD