The symptoms of ADHD are more difficult to define in adults than in children. ADHD is a developmental disorder; it’s believed that it can’t develop in adults without it first appearing during childhood. But it’s known that symptoms of ADHD often persist from childhood into a person’s teenage years and then adulthood but they might express themselves in a slightly different way.

By the age of 25, an estimated 15% of people diagnosed with ADHD as children still have a full range of symptoms, and 65% still have some symptoms that affect their daily lives. If you are wondering if you have ADHD, read about these most common symptoms.

1. Distraction

You’re on a conference call, but your mind keeps wandering. Next thing you know, you’ve lost chunks of conversation. ADHD is a problem with attention; so adult ADHD can make it hard to succeed in today’s fast-paced, hustle-bustle world. Many people find that distractibility can lead to a history of career under-performance, especially in noisy or busy offices. If you have adult ADHD, you might find that phone calls or email derail your attention, making it hard for you to finish tasks. Someone asks you a quick question and you completely lose the flow of your work – all the unimportant things – from external noises and movement to daydreams grab your attention very quickly which prevents you from being able to focus on your actual work.