Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) comes with its challenges for both children and adults. The clinical presentation of ADHD in adults appears to be marked by inattentiveness and impulsivity, with fewer hyperactivity symptoms than typically seen in childhood ADHD (Wynchank et al., 2016). Adult inattention is characterized by difficulty in planning and organizing tasks, poor listening skills, distraction and procrastination; impulsivity may result in interrupting others, poor self-control, reckless driving and impatience (Wynchank et al., 2016). ADHD in adulthood may manifest as difficulties in the work setting, as well as difficulties with parenting and other relationships.
Interestingly enough, seasonal changes have been known to negatively affect those with ADHD. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of recurring major depression with a seasonal pattern. SAD is characterized by major depressive episodes during autumn and/or winter, which remit in spring. Research conducted by Wynchank et al. (2016) found a significant relationship between ADHD symptoms and symptoms of seasonal depression.
If you or anyone you know have any of the aforementioned symptoms and are finding it difficult to get through the winter season, clinicians at Intercommunity Action can help. Our trained clinicians can provide coping skills to manage ADHD as well as seasonal depression symptoms. Additionally, Interact’s assessment center offers thorough ADHD testing which includes specific neurological tests designed to measure ADHD symptoms. For a thorough assessment and treatment options, please contact us at 215-487-1330 to make an appointment.
Wynchank, D. S., Bijlenga, D., Lamers, F., Bron, T. I., Winthorst, W. H., Vogel, S. W., . . . Kooij, J. S. (2016). ADHD, circadian rhythms, and seasonality. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 81, 87-94. doi: 10.1016/jpsychires.2016.06.018
Blog author: Marisol Velez