The majority of adults who now know they have AD/HD were not diagnosed until they were adults. This means they have had to suffer through much of their lives without knowing the reason for the difficulties they have had. Without having the advantage of understanding their disability, most have developed strategies on their own to help them cope with their AD/HD-related problems. The pressure of dealing with these issues can lead to depression, anxiety, feeling overwhelmed and a loss of confidence. Some become isolated and withdrawn.
Once they have a diagnosis, however, adults have the opportunity to examine their lives and open the door to change. Through treatment and therapy, adults have the opportunity to realize their strengths and weaknesses, and decide what they want to do in order to grow and become the person they want to be.