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The symptoms of ADHD are tougher to define in adults than in children. ADHD is a developmental disorder. Many people believe that it does not show up in adults without first appearing during childhood. However, mental health experts know that symptoms of ADHD often persist from childhood into a person's teenage years. Then they appear during adulthood, though they might express themselves in a slightly different way. By age 25, an estimated 15 percent of people diagnosed with ADHD as children still have a full range of symptoms. Moreover, 65 percent still experience some symptoms that affect their daily lives. If you believe you have shown ADHD behaviors, you should read this list of common ADHD symptoms.

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1. Distraction

You are on a conference call, but your mind keeps wandering. The next thing you know, you have lost chunks of conversation. ADHD often means that you have a problem with paying attention. Moreover, adult ADHD makes it hard to succeed in the fast-paced world where many things compete for your attention. Distractibility can lead to a history of underperformance in their careers, especially in noisy or busy offices. If you have adult ADHD, you might discover that phone calls or email derail your attention, making it hard for you to finish tasks. Someone may ask you a quick question. Then you might lose the flow of your work. Your loss of concentration is based on the fact that you are paying attention to all the unimportant things. These things can range from external noises and movement to daydreams. Therefore, any small distraction can grab your attention very quickly and prevent you from focusing on your actual work.

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