• ADHD in Adults: 5 Tips for Taming Impulsivity

    Associate Editor

    In people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), being impulsive is often one of the more challenging symptoms.

    “[I]mpulsivity is one of the core symptoms of ADHD,” according toTerry Matlen, ACSW, a psychotherapist and author ofSurvival Tips for Women with AD/HD.

    It’s also “one of the more challenging aspects to treat and manage,” saidCarol Perlman, Ph.D, a psychologist who specializes in ADHD and developed a cognitive behavioraltherapy for adult ADHD.

    Impulsivity can manifest in many different ways in adults with ADHD. In fact, it can range from seemingly benign to more dangerous behaviors.

    For instance, individuals might interrupt conversations or say things they regret. They might hop from one distraction to three others. They might overspend. They might get impatient and drive erratically or engage in other risky behaviors, such as using drugs and having casual sex.

    Fortunately, adults with ADHD can learn to manage their impulsivity, so it doesn’t rule their lives.

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