By Barbara Brody Do You Have Adult ADHD?
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Your house is always cluttered and you can't seem to remember where you put things. You're constantly running late and missing deadlines. You often feel restless and have a hard time sitting still. Sound familiar? Then you just might be one of the 8 million adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD, formerly ADD).
Many people have trouble getting organized and difficulty focusing from time to time; it veers into ADHD territory when these problems are so persistent and severe that they affect your ability to function at home as well as at work. People with (untreated) ADHD make an average of $10,000 less than others in the same job, tend to get fired and quit jobs at a higher rate, and are more likely to get divorced, says Steven Kurtz, PhD, senior director of the ADHD and Disruptive Behaviors Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute in New York City.