I am an adult
I am an adult
What effect does ADHD have on adult life?
ADHD may affect many parts of adult life, including work, education and relationships. Here are some examples of possible difficulties experienced by adults with ADHD, although these may vary from individual to individual.
At work
  • Disorganisation – finding it hard to plan or organise their work
  • Inattention – finding it difficult to concentrate on work and making careless mistakes
  • Unable to prioritise – finding it difficult to decide which jobs need doing first
  • Distractibility – being easily distracted by what is going on in the workplace or by their own racing thoughts
  • Issues with authority – finding it difficult to do as they are asked or arguing with their boss
  • Anxiety – feeling anxious or worrying about work
  • Forgetfulness – forgetting to carry out tasks
In an education environment
(e.g. college, university or training sessions)
  • Finding it difficult to handle large workloads
  • Disorganisation – finding it hard to plan or organise their work
  • Inattention – finding it difficult to concentrate on lectures or training sessions for long periods of time
  • Finding it hard to follow instructions given by the lecturer/teacher
  • Making careless mistakes
  • Getting easily irritated by what others are doing or saying
  • Inattention – finding it difficult to listen to, or focus on, conversations
  • Impulsive talking – talking too much, interrupting what others are saying and blurting things out
  • Forgetfulness – forgetting to do things for others
  • Losing their temper with their partner or loved ones too quickly
Useful Links
    The Staring Back at Me campaign aims to help UK women and non-binary people recognise the symptoms of ADHD in themselves, and provide guidance to support conversations with their doctor, so they can access the support they need. Please visit: https://staringbackatme.org.uk/ to find out more.

  • Born to Be ADHD is your portal for information on:
  • Born to Be ADHD Campaign - encouraging members of the community to take action in addressing stigma and misconceptions surrounding ADHD.
  • Stories that Never Stand Still - a collection of inspiring stories from people living with ADHD to educate and empower those in the community.
  • Educational resources - aimed at members of the community to improve care for those living with ADHD.
  • BorntoBeADHD.co.uk is initiated and funded by Takeda with materials created in collaboration with UK-based patient organisations.

Patient support organisations

Professional organisations