Many adults with ADHD find it hard to cope with the stresses of life and often feel inadequate and frustrated, with low self-esteem, conscious of their failed relationships and unfinished tasks.
Many have a short fuse, experience depression, feel restless, and are poor timekeepers, forgetful and disorganised.
Other common characteristics are frequent changes of job and living on an emotional rollercoaster, over-reacting (from an observer’s viewpoint). Other people consider them rude, difficult, eccentric, unreliable, irritable.
Many adults with ADHD were not diagnosed when young because ADHD was not understood then. This means that THEY were not understood. Some may have been very inattentive and disorganised but not particularly hyperactive and mainly not getting into trouble. Others didn’t stop and think before reacting, they broke rules, they talked too much.
Many were called lazy or stupid, naughty or unmotivated and were blamed for their shortcomings.
Now as adults they are still struggling daily, not only with the effects of still having ADHD, a hidden disability, but also with the negative impact of having grown up with (usually undiagnosed) ADHD.