How does attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affect daily life?

Symptoms of ADHD can vary in presentation and severity from person to person. Coping with these symptoms can be difficult. Children with ADHD may have difficulty in school and with forming relationships. They may also suffer from low self-esteem. Luckily with proper treatments and interventions children and adults with ADHD can learn to cope with their symptoms and live successful productive lives.  
 
Some potential complications of ADHD include:
 
  • Poor performance in school or work
  • Children with ADHD tend to have more accidents/injuries 
  • Low self esteem
  • Problems forming relationships with peers/unstable relationships 
  • Increased risk for alcohol/drug abuse and other delinquent behavior
  • Poor physical and mental health
  • Problems with the law
 
People with ADHD are also more likely to have other coexisting conditions. ADHD does not cause these conditions, however. 
 
  • Learning disabilities 
  • Depression
  • Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder
  • Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)
  • Conduct disorder
 
living with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
 
 

Sources
  • "Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children." Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 16 Aug. 2017. Web. 17 Aug. 2017.
  • "Adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)." Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 15 Aug. 2017. Web. 17 Aug. 2017.

 

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