Why the “H” in ADHD is misleading
The symptoms of ADHD vary by individual and by sub-type: inattentive, hyperactive or combined. Changes in hormones can also affect severity of symptoms at different life stages.
The H (hyperactivity) is often presumed to be physical. For many, it’s mental, a “racing mind” – this can be distressing and lead to diagnosis of depression or anxiety, without detecting or acknowledging the underlying ADHD, leaving it untreated and the problem persistent.
Many adults with ADHD are plagued by feelings of being overwhelmed and exhausted.
Psychological distress, feelings of inadequacy, low self-esteem, chronic stress and ADHD burnout are common.
Many feel their lives are out of control or in chaos and daily tasks may seem impossibly huge. Despite that, as you can see from the examples, people can make a success of it, despite the disadvantages they face.