Does ADHD get worse with age?
That’s an interesting question and one I seem to be getting often these days.
As I wrote in my last blog post ADHD can get worse with menopause for women as a reduction in estrogen impacts brain functioning.
But that doesn’t mean age and ADHD just effects women.
As life progresses both men and women often experience more drastic life changes as well. Loss of loved ones, loss of a job (or retiring), downsizing a home, or illness can also impact our ability to manage our ADHD.
And when ADHD gets worse, life can get much more difficult.
Looking at the question straight on it could seem like the easy answer would be yes ADHD gets worse with age.
However, as I think more deeply about the question I realize that saying “Yes, ADHD gets worse with age” may be the easy answer and not necessarily the correct answer.
Yes, memory tends to get worse with age for both men and women; but having a weak memory is only one symptom of Attention Deficit.
By looking deeper at Attention Deficit and age I realize that no, ADHD does not HAVE TO get worse with age. For people who have worked to manage their ADHD and have learned how to deal with it, ADHD can actually get easier.
Why? It’s simple.
With age comes experience and perhaps better coping skills. Many people learn how to navigate through life more smoothly as the years go by.
While this person may not have been able to manage their ADHD as a child, they’ve aged and learned what works for them and what doesn’t.
Is this true for everyone? Of course not. Just as with all challenges in life, for some people ADHD does get worse with age.
Working with an ADHD coach is a wonderful way to find out which methods of managing your ADHD are most effective in your life. I encourage you to find a coach before age becomes an issue. And, even if you are later in life, it is never too late to hire a coach.
For more information about aging and how to manage your ADHD as you age, stay tuned for my next article: Learning to Manage ADHD Later in Life.