What is attention deficit disorder without hyperactivity in adults? Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) is a common psychological disorder that is characterized by problems with attention, impulsivity and/or hyperactivity. Adults who have significant problems with inattention, but exhibit few or no symptoms of hyperactivity, are said to have the predominantly inattentive subtype.
In adults, attention deficit disorder often looks quite different than it does in children—and its symptoms are unique for each individual. The following categories highlight common symptoms of adult ADHD. Do your best to identify the areas where you experience difficulty.
Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Screening Checklist. DSM-IV requires that the symptoms of inattention and/or hyperactivity impulsivity must cause “some impairment” in two or more settings, and “there must be clear evidence of clinically significant impairment in social, academic, or occupational functioning.”.