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ADHD in Adults vs Children

Overview: 

The Difference in Symptoms

ADHD symptoms can be more subtle in adults than in children

A common misconception is that ADHD affects only children

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

ADHD symptoms can create challenges in everyday life

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ADHD in Adults vs Children

The Difference in Symptoms

ADHD symptoms can be more subtle in adults than in children

A common misconception is that ADHD affects only children

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

ADHD symptoms can create challenges in everyday life

You get distracted at work—your child has trouble paying attention at school. You forget to pay your bills—your child forgets to do chores. The symptoms of ADHD may affect you differently, but the cause may be the same. Like your child, it's possible that you could have ADHD.

The core ADHD symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior are the same for adults as for children. But these symptoms are often more subtle in adults. Hyperactivity, in particular, is generally less common in adults. While children with ADHD may be in constant motion, adults are more likely to have trouble relaxing.

Some people think that ADHD only affects children. But the truth is, while ADHD always begins in childhood, the symptoms frequently continue into adult life. As many as 60% of children with ADHD may continue to have ADHD symptoms as adults. According to a study, it is estimated that only 25% of ADHD cases are diagnosed in childhood or adolescence. And even fewer are treated.

All people display ADHD symptoms from time to time. So the guidelines for diagnosing a child or adult with ADHD are very specific. For children, the symptoms must occur more frequently than in other children the same age. And for adults, the symptoms must persist from childhood and create everyday challenges. ADHD symptoms must cause significant difficulty in at least two areas of life, such as school, home, work, or social settings.

Not everyone with ADHD has every symptom, or experiences the symptoms of ADHD to the same degree. The symptoms of ADHD can create difficulties in everyday life.

CONCERTA® can help you manage the everyday challenges of ADHD. If you've been diagnosed with ADHD, ask your healthcare professional about treatment with CONCERTA®.


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.

Abuse of methylphenidate may lead to dependence. Tell your healthcare professional if you or your child has had problems with alcohol or drugs. Keep CONCERTA® in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse.

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®.

Tell your healthcare professional if you or your child 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. Tell your doctor if you have or your child has numbness, pain, skin color change or sensitivity to temperature in fingers or toes. 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®. Painful and prolonged erections (priapism) have occurred with methylphenidate. If you or your child develop priapism, seek medical help right away. Because of the potential for lasting damage, priapism should be evaluated by a doctor immediately. 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 in double-blind clinical trials (>5%) reported in children and adolescents was upper abdominal pain. The most common adverse reactions in double-blind clinical trials (>5%) in adult patients were decreased appetite, headache, dry mouth, nausea, insomnia, anxiety, dizziness, weight decreased, irritability, and hyperhidrosis.

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