Adults with ADHD

Adults with ADHD: Steps for Beginners

Three adultsADHD is a lifelong disorder. Sure, the symptoms can change with age, but for many people the disorder can continue to create great difficulty when it’s not treated. Many people with undiagnosed and untreated ADHD encounter formidable obstacles at home, in relationships, and in the workplace.

There is good news, however: Help is available. If you’re new to ADHD and CHADD, here are some steps you can take to begin to address this serious but highly treatable disorder.

  1. Learn the basics about adult ADHD and view a symptom checklist.
  2. Request an adult information packet, and tell us more about you.
  3. Visit a medical professional to begin the evaluation process. 
  4.  Find a CHADD support group in your area, through CHADD's Resource Directory.
  5. Join CHADD and start receiving Attention magazine, gain access to past articles, receive a link to the free online video "An introduction to ADHD." This presentation is a great way to learn the basics of ADHD in adults and children, plus much more!

Once you have taken some of the basic steps, you’ll find that the websites of CHADD and the National Resource Center on ADHD are full of information that will continue to improve your life well after the diagnosis. We invite you to continue to visit our sites. We’re here for you every step of the way.

Congratulations on all the progress you’re making!

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Adult ADHD—Continuity of the Disorder. The existence of ADHD as a clinically impairing condition throughout the human lifespan is irrefutable. 

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HAVE QUESTIONS? We can help. Learn more about ADHD and related conditions at CHADD’s National Resource Center on ADHD. You may also contact us by phone (800-233-4050) or use our Online Form (select "Questions about ADHD") and a health information specialist will provide a personalized response.