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Signs & Symptoms of ADHD

Overview: 

Recognize the Challenge

Inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive behaviors are common ADHD symptoms

60% of children with ADHD will continue to have ADHD symptoms as adults

Only 25% of adults with ADHD were diagnosed in childhood

ADHD symptoms can get in the way of managing daily responsibilities

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Signs & Symptoms of ADHD

Recognize the Challenge

Inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive behaviors are common ADHD symptoms

60% of children with ADHD will continue to have ADHD symptoms as adults

Only 25% of adults with ADHD were diagnosed in childhood

ADHD symptoms can get in the way of managing daily responsibilities

Every day contains its share of challenging moments. Like being forgetful. Or dealing with distractions at work. For an adult with ADHD, moments like these happen more often. ADHD symptoms can make everyday responsibilities feel like a challenge.

Approximately 60% of people who had ADHD symptoms as a child continue to have symptoms as adults. And only 1 in 4 of adults with ADHD were diagnosed in childhood—and even fewer are treated. Over the years, some adults may have developed strategies to work around their daily challenges in different areas of life.

Problems generally associated with ADHD include inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior. Adults with ADHD can struggle with difficulties in one or more areas of daily life.

Common signs and symptoms of ADHD in adults include:

  • Poor concentration
  • Short attention span
  • Disorganized
  • Forgetful
  • Difficulty starting and/or finishing projects
  • Jumps from one task to another
  • Time-management issues
  • Makes impulsive decisions
  • Difficulty interacting with others

Not every person with ADHD has every symptom, or experiences the severity of ADHD symptoms to the same degree. The symptoms of ADHD can make it difficult to focus on day-to-day responsibilities. ADHD can even make interacting with others more challenging.

If you think you may have symptoms of ADHD, create a customized Doctor Discussion Guide then schedule an evaluation with a healthcare professional. If you're diagnosed with ADHD, ask if treatment with CONCERTA® may be right for you.


CONCERTA® is a prescription product approved for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as part of a total treatment program that may include counseling or other therapies.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Talk to your healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. Only a healthcare professional can decide whether medication is right for you or your child.

CONCERTA® should not be taken by patients who have: allergies to methylphenidate or other ingredients in CONCERTA®; significant anxiety, tension, or agitation; glaucoma; tics, Tourette's syndrome, or family history of Tourette's syndrome; current or past use of monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI); esophagus, stomach, or intestinal narrowing. Children under 6 years of age should not take CONCERTA®.

Abuse of methylphenidate may lead to dependence. Tell your healthcare professional if you or your child has had problems with alcohol or drugs; has had any heart problems, heart defects, high blood pressure, or a family history of these problems; has had depression, abnormal thoughts or visions, bipolar disorder, or seizure. Contact your healthcare professional immediately if you or your child: develops abnormal thinking or hallucinations, abnormal or extreme moods and/or excessive activity; or if aggressive behavior or hostility develops or worsens while taking CONCERTA®. Your child's healthcare professional should check height and weight often and may interrupt CONCERTA® treatment if your child is not growing or gaining weight as expected.

Stimulants may impair the ability of the patient to operate potentially hazardous machinery or vehicles. Caution should be used accordingly until you are reasonably certain that CONCERTA® does not adversely affect your ability to engage in such activities.

The most common adverse reaction (>5%) reported in children and adolescents was upper abdominal pain. The most common adverse reactions (>10%) reported in adults were dry mouth, nausea, decreased appetite, headache, and insomnia.

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