Adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (also referred to as adult ADHD , adult with ADHD , or simply ADHD in adults , formerly AADD ) is the neurobiological condition of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults.
About one-third  ( p 44 ) to two-thirds  of children with symptoms from early childhood continue to demonstrate notable ADHD symptoms throughout life.
Three types of ADHD are identified in the DSM-5 as:
In later life, the hyperactive/impulsive subtype manifests less frequently.  ( p 44 ) The hyperactivity symptoms tend to turn more into "inner restlessness", starting in adolescence and carrying on in adulthood. 
Diagnosis of the condition follows after one or several assessment interviews by a clinician including:
In the past, Attention Deficit Disorder was believed to be a condition that affected children and some adolescents. Although it was known that children with AD/HD were more likely to have difficulties in adulthood, clinicians usually diagnosed and treated these as other conditions. During the past two decades, we have recognized attention deficit disorder in older adolescents and adults.
The diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder in adults can be a complex process. By definition, AD/HD is a condition that has its onset in childhood. Not everyone has an accurate recall of his or her early life. Often it is useful to get information from relatives, spouse or old school records.
There has been increasing awareness that adults and children with AD/HD are at increased risk for other psychiatric disorders. Adults have lived longer than children, and thus have had more time to develop other associated psychiatric disorders. Often one must treat the other conditions before treating the AD/HD.
While AD/HD can be a burden for some, it can also be a gift. If it were an entirely negative trait, it would have died out thousands of years ago. Individuals with AD/HD are often energetic, creative and willing to take risks. Often this gift comes into focus after the individual acquires a degree of self-knowledge and learns to channel his energy and creativity.
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