You’ve heard about ADHD in children, and you even recognize how important it is for kids’ and their families to spot and acknowledge it so they can better thrive in play, school and home. But what about undiagnosed ADHD in adults? Judy Katz, a pediatric occupational therapist in Chicago, has not only worked with families to support the subtle yet complex lives of kids with sensory processing issues and ADHD for years, but she herself has ADHD—and she only recognized it in adulthood.
“I know first-hand how important it can be to hear that ADHD diagnosis, especially as an adult,” Katz shares. If you’re living with ADHD and don’t realize it, not knowing can negatively impact your sense of self in pretty major ways. For example, you might feel that others underestimate you in terms of intelligence and ability. “In my own journey, I learned I needed to understand the holes of my executive function skills to realize my dreams. For example, practicing delegating to others has meant that I could bypass my own weak areas (like proofreading, scheduling and finances), so I could hone my energy and creativity in better, more productive ways,” says Katz.
Curious about spotting ADHD? Here are ten signs of ADHD in adults, according to Katz.