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Adult attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder

  • Author(s): Volkow, ND
  • Swanson, JM
  • et al.

A 31-year-old middle-school teacher sought medical help because she was having trouble keeping up with her job assignments and responsibilities. Her primary symptoms were an inability to stay focused and being easily distracted. She reported day-dreaming with multiple thoughts at the same time, an inability to complete tasks on time, frequently forgetting to do things at work, and being unable to remain still during solitary activities (e.g., watching a movie and reading a book). Her friends described her as excessively talkative, disorganized, impatient, and careless. From childhood, her teachers noted that she was inattentive and messy and often did not turn in homework. She was able to do reasonably well in school despite her symptoms, but more recently, her job demands have overwhelmed her, and she is considering quitting. What would you advise? Copyright © 2013 Massachusetts Medical Society.

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