How ADHD Can Prevent You From Living Your Best Life if Untreated

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If you have ADHD, it can significantly affect your home, school or work life. Without treatment, ADHD can have a devastating impact on your life, no matter what age you are.

But with integrative treatments at Wellness at Century City, both children and adults can learn how to overcome the challenges of ADHD and live a fulfilling life.

Here’s a look at the struggles you can face if you try to go it alone without seeking help.

Classic ADHD symptoms dominate childhood

The classic symptoms of hyperactivity, inattentiveness and impulsivity can dominate the life of children and families. Children can have problems in school because they can’t sit still, pay attention or follow instructions.

Children with ADHD often struggle to form friendships because they constantly talk, frequently interrupt and act inappropriately, and they’re not able to wait to take their turn. These things can isolate them from the other kids and cause problems at home with siblings.

The struggle continues in adolescence

As children become teens, hyperactive behaviors often improve, but the inattentive and impulsive behaviors increase. Teenagers with ADHD continue to struggle with academics.

Even though they may have the intelligence to succeed, ADHD causes major problems by interfering with certain skills, including:

Dealing with all of this makes it hard to succeed at school. It’s hard to follow instructions and to learn. Lack of motivation and poor planning skills equal unfinished assignments.

Compared to teens without ADHD, a teenager with ADHD is five times more likely to be suspended from school at least once, repeat a grade or drop out of school. ADHD also raises the risk of driving-related offenses, including speeding and causing an accident.   

ADHD still plagues adults

Of all the children diagnosed with ADHD, 30-70% continue to struggle with symptoms throughout adulthood. And in some patients, ADHD isn’t even diagnosed until they become adults.

The top symptoms you might face as an adult include having a hard time regulating emotions and having trouble remembering things or paying attention.

These challenges are often most noticeable at work and may be so severe that you can have a hard time keeping your job. Adults with ADHD are likely to be late to work and have a high rate of calling out.

Some ADHD symptoms that you might experience as a kid or teen can become more noticeable when you become an adult.

For example, you might expect children to be messy and disorganized or have poor time-management skills, but in adults, these qualities can spell disaster on the job and at home.

Adults with ADHD may fail to meet project deadlines at work, lose documents or paperwork needed to finish a task, or miss important appointments. You might often lose track of time or procrastinate, even when it comes to important things like paying bills.

Untreated ADHD puts you at risk for other disorders

When you have untreated ADHD, you’re more likely to develop another mental health disorder.

About 65% of children with ADHD have one or more other conditions, such as dyslexia or conduct disorder. At all ages, ADHD increases the risk of anxiety, mood and personality disorders.

As if that weren’t enough, teens and adults with ADHD have a higher risk for substance abuse. Adults with ADHD are nearly three times more likely to have a substance use disorder compared to adults who don’t have ADHD.

Quality of life improves with treatment

While ADHD threatens your quality of life, getting treatment can help with all of these symptoms so that you can live your best life.

Treatment can empower you to manage the challenges of ADHD and help you understand why you struggle in certain areas. Call Wellness at Century City or book an appointment online to take back control of your life.

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