The Saturday Evening Post - If It’s Boring, I’m Done!
Today, for every adult whose ADHD has been identified, there are at least three adults whose ADHD has not, according to Dr. Mary Solanto of The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. Adult ADHD is almost always ADD—that is, without the hyperactivity. Once you reach adulthood, hyperactivity symptoms tend to go away. There are other differences as well, says psychiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Newcorn of Mount Sinai. The adult form is characterized more by difficulties with executive functioning than by simple inattention. “Adults drift off to other things when they decide the first one is boring or uninteresting. They have a lot of files and programs open on their computer. They might be unable to have a conversation without changing the topic every 30 seconds,” says Dr. Newcorn.
- Dr. Mary Solanto, Associate Professor, Psychiatry, Director of the ADHD Center in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
- Dr. Jeffrey Newcorn, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics and Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, The Mount Sinai Medical Center