Late Diagnosis Adult ADHD Promotes Positive Change

Late diagnosis for many with ADHD or ADD does not happen until adulthood even though their symptoms have been present, in one form or another, since childhood. Undiagnosed and untreated ADHD can lead to a lifetime of emotional turmoil and difficulty.

Late Diagnosis versus Inaccurate Diagnosis

Often a diagnosis, when finally given, is not an accurate one, leading to a common reason for a late or delayed ADHD diagnosis. Adults with ADHD tend to receive a diagnosis of depression with the focus of treatment and medications used dealing with the depressed mood, leaving ADHD undiagnosed and untreated. While depression may be present along with ADHD, it is common for the inexperienced mental health professional to treat the “most obvious” leaving their patient with continued frustration, life disorganization, and social difficulties.

Late Diagnosis ADHD Steps of Acceptance

Many adults find difficulty in coming to terms when they finally received an accurate late diagnosis of ADHD. Some of the common steps to self-acceptance through the treatment process include:

  • Denial – even with relief that a correct diagnosis and treatment is in place, it may take a period of time to accept the diagnosis and understand how treatment will change your life
  • Anger – many feel anger over past lost opportunities, at others for not seeking help for them sooner, at the unfairness of life in general, or with all the difficulties faced in life because of the undiagnosed ADHD
  • Depression – medication may not cure all the difficulties experienced with life and social relationships even though there is much improvement with less overall frustration. Many need time to adjust to a new lifestyle, sometimes wanting to return to old familiar ways even with all the daily struggles involved.
  • Acceptance – with support, education, medications prescribed, cognitive behavioral therapy, adjustment to a different type of lifestyle, or just with the passage of time, most are able to accept the late diagnosis of adult ADHD and enjoy the positive changes.


Late Diagnosis Adult ADHD Implications

The serious impact of failing to treat ADHD continues throughout adulthood. Adults with unmedicated ADHD are 78% more likely to be addicted to tobacco and 58% more likely to use illegal drugs than those without ADHD. Additionally, 79% of adults with ADHD report symptoms of anxiety, depression, and physical ailments. Symptoms of ADHD interfere with personal relationships and reduce chances of personal satisfaction with life choices. Left undiagnosed and untreated ADHD is among the most debilitating disorders to live with.

Late Diagnosis Adult ADHD Psychiatrist

Left undiagnosed and untreated ADHD is among the most debilitating disorders to live with. If you feel you may have ADHD, call Dr. Hege for a comprehensive evaluation for an accurate diagnosis which may include late diagnosis adult ADHD.

ADHD Chaos at Home Affects Whole Family

While it remains unclear as to the impact and chaos a parent with ADHD has on the rest of the family, it has been shown that children with a parent with ADHD have higher rates of mental health issues and greater incidences of co-morbidities than those with a non-ADHD parent. In addition the general day to day routines of the family and of the marital relationship is also impaired when one of the parents has ADHD.

Heredity and ADHD Chaos

A recent research study published in Human Genetics suggest that ADHD is “highly heritable.” While scientists are not clear as to what causes ADHD, it is believed that anything from genes, brain injury, toxic exposure, and other medical issues contribute to the disorder. The study findings report that because ADHD may be from the influence of many factors which combine to cause the disorder in the presence of unfavorable environmental conditions – like a chaotic household where one parent with ADHD impacts the learned behaviors of the children.

Genetics and ADHD

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reinforces the position of the important role genetics plays in ADHD. Statistics show that up to 50% of parents of ADHD children are also adults with ADHD. While the cause of ADHD is complex and involves multiple factors, there is no evidence that social factors alone can account for the condition; however, it is important to note that parents who do not treat their ADHD may model unhealthy behaviors and coping methods onto their children so that a household in chaos feels normal to them.

Modeling ADHD Behaviors

In a household where a parent has untreated ADHD the household routine and completion of daily routines become chaotic. A child that does not have ADHD can experience symptoms of inattention, impulsivity, anxiety, and display disruptive behaviors, all learned from modeling the parent or parents with untreated ADHD. Parenting without ADHD is often difficult and stressful – parenting with ADHD often brings one’s own personal chaos into their developing children’s lives.

Help for Parents with ADHD

Get your household on track through diagnosis, treatment, and developing coping mechanisms. Call Dr. Hege, an adult ADHD specialist, for help in creating and managing a calm, supportive, and structured home environment every ADHD affected family needs.

Proper ADD or ADHD Diagnosis Key in Successful Treatment Plan

The diagnosis of ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a mental disorder that can include difficulty with paying attention, focusing on a task, displaying disruptive behaviors that can cause a problem at school, work or in one’s personal life. Other ADHD markers may also include exhibiting impulsive actions that could pose a safety risk and viewed as non-conforming behaviors that are not socially acceptable, or by reacting with episodes of hyper-activity which brings a feeling of chaos into an otherwise calm situation.

ADHD Diagnosis Broken Down into Subtypes for Clearer Understanding

Receiving the proper diagnosis is the first step toward finding the right treatment that works for you. reports that ADD or attention deficit disorder is a term that was used years ago, it refers to those that have difficulty paying attention yet are not significantly impulsive or hyperactive in their behaviors and actions. When referring to ADD today, it is generally understood that it points to the inattentive sub-type of ADHD. Those with ADHD tend to exhibit difficulty with concentrating, paying attention, using organizational skills, as well as have problems with remembering details or directions, following instructions, or being able to focus in on their job trying to decipher the important meaning out from all the background noise and activity. In addition behaviors related to ADHD when left untreated include problematic confrontations with friends, family and co-workers.

ADD or ADHD: What’s the Difference?

The difference between ADD and ADHD is that today the terms are merged into one ADHD diagnosis with the sub-type of either inattention, impulsivity or hyperactivity as the prominent factor. An adult may display disruptive behaviors from one sub-type such as inattention, or have a combination of two or all three sub-types. A combination of sub-types may not all be exhibited equally at the same time, and their interfering factors may change from day to day, and situation to situation. Finding an experienced adult ADHD psychiatrist is critical in order to determine how each aspect or sub-type is interrelated, how it impacts your life, and how to adjust the right medication(s). Medicating for one problematic behavior without having a whole-person strategy in place will not provide an effective treatment plan.

Adult ADHD Psychiatrist Provides Comprehensive Treatment

Dr. Darvin Hege is the Atlanta area expert in adult ADHD to call. Dr. Hege will make the correct diagnosis and develop a personalized treatment plan which may incorporate cognitive behavioral therapy or an adjunct therapy in addition to medication.

Call the office to set up an appointment convenient for your life’s schedule.