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Infantile ADHD

The attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common disorder among infants and adolescents. Affected kids show three noticable anomalies: having troubles focusing on something, impulsive behaviour, and intense motor restlessness (hyperactivity).

Attention: not every lively child suffers from ADHD! The severity of social and educational cutbacks for kids affected by ADHD causes a notable level of suffering. Whether or not a child suffers from ADHD should be clarified by a (child) psychatrist performing extensive diagnostics.

ADHD in Adulthood

For a long time people believed that the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) only affects infants and adolescents, naturally declines over time and 'vanishes' at adulthood. Today it is known that ADHD can also affect adults and does not vanish by itself. About 60% of children diagnosed with ADHD still suffer from the disorder at adulthood. The troubles change over time.

Motor restlessness is predominant at childhood and shifts to inner restlessness at adulthood, as described by affected people. At adulthood, having troubles focusing on something as well as mental weakness. Affected adults often feel like they did not use their full potential and did not reach their goals. There are problems and conflict with supervisors at work. A characteristic of ADHD in adulthood are frequent job changes.

Also difficulties with partners in private life are observable which appears as an increased rate of divorces. Adults suffering from ADHD are generally very emotional and state to experience their feelings in a very intense way. Many adults with ADHD are more likely to visit the doctor because of depressed mood or problems related to anxiety.

Screening Questions

  • Do you experience difficulties when trying to focus?
    • Is it difficult, for example, to follow a conversation?
    • Do your thoughts often stray from what you read?
    • Or do you have troubles listening to a talk for a longer period of time?
  • Is it difficult for you to organize? Do you often miss appointments or are you often late because of this? Do tasks repeatedly keep being unsettled?
  • Do you often feel inner restlessness and are you having problems to relax?


Univ.-Prof. Dr.rer.nat.

Anne Schienle

Phone:+43 316 380 - 5086

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