Symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) tend to become more prominent when additional demands are placed on a person’s time, attention, and organizational skills. For adults, this may mean that symptoms ramp up after a promotion or a child’s birth. People with ADHD may have trouble engaging in tasks, problems with organization, poor performance in school or work, and poor impulse control.
“I've treated executives who say, ‘I just want to play with my kids,’” says Lenard A. Adler, MD, director of NYU Langone’s Adult ADHD Program and professor in the Department of Psychiatry. Officials estimate 4.4 percent of adults in the United States have ADHD. Dr. Adler says ADHD is “a perfectly treatable condition.”
Along with business executives diagnosed with ADHD as adults, Dr. Adler offers more insight to CNN Business on the challenges and successes of having ADHD in the workplace.
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