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WIN 2014

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M E N T A L H E A L T H tting adult Pu ADHD in By Kelly Burgess T he symptoms of ADHD garner a lot of attention as a children's problem, but they don't always end when kids grow up. Many youngsters with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) become adults who still have to cope with these issues. "I see an increase in adults being diagnosed with ADHD, especially if they didn't have behavioral problems as a child," says Dr. Andrea M. Fritschle, affiliated with Baptist Health, Jacksonville, Fla. "Now they may be in college or have a demanding job and can't cope as well as they could as children." "Adults with ADHD can often have low self-esteem and low levels of job satisfaction." ~ Dr. Barbara Sumbatian, Holy Spirit Health System, Camp Hill, Pa. 20 SPI RIT O F WOM EN W I N T E R 2 014 w w w. s p i r i t o f w o m e n . c o m DEFINING ADHD ADHD is an umbrella term for three types of the same condition: • Inattentive ADHD (formerly referred to as ADD), which is marked by symptoms of inattention and distractibility • Hyperactive-impulsive ADHD, characterized by hyperactivity and impulsive behaviors • Combined ADHD, the most common form, involving symptoms of both inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive ADHD

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