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Science is shaped to assumptions, expectations, beliefs. The masses are certain only of the little truths they can quantify. There can be no changes; there can be no fickle ideas. All medical facts are to be understood and then tucked away, never to evolve into what must then be learned once more..
And this is why — too often — that Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (more commonly called Adult ADHD) is dismissed. Individuals assume that a disease cannot affect those beyond the age of 18. This is a child’s problem, it’s thought, and it eventually can be overcome with patience and experience. Age determines its existence.
This is not correct.
Adult ADHD is a genuine concern and can no longer be denied. It is estimated that 60 percent of those who are diagnosed with ADD or ADHD as children retain it as they grow older. Although the traits may vary in strength or frequency, they can still be recognized. And they will directly influence an individual’s ability to succeed — causing scattered thoughts, a loss of focus, an inability to remain seated and even depression (often sparked from the realization that a disease hasn’t faded).
This marks Adult ADHD as a serious complication therefore and it must be noted by all. The public can no longer maintain the notion of only children suffering from forgetfulness and procrastination. It is instead a problem for all ages — though it must be understood that ADHD does not appear in adults without first being seen in adolescence. This is an ailment that lasts a lifetime and it will not arrive suddenly.