6 Tips for Treating Hyperactivity in Adulthood

The symptoms of hyperactivity in adulthood differ from those in childhood. Learn how to identify them and what do to to treat hyperactivity in this article.
6 Tips for Treating Hyperactivity in Adulthood

Last update: 07 December, 2018

Why is adult hyperactivity?

Hyperactivity is when a person takes on many tasks at the same time and fails to finish even one. Hyperactive people feel anxious most of the time. Hyperactivity can show in different ways in both children and adults. It’s mainly characterized by the following symptoms:

  • Impulsiveness
  • Short attention span
  • Lack of concentration
  • Difficulty with time management
  • Inability to stay inactive
  • Inconsistency in activities

Furthermore, a hyperactive person never stays in the same spot, talks very much and has trouble staying silent. They also might be very impatient. This is evident when they’re waiting in lines (at a bank or public area) and can’t wait until their turn. Similarly, people with hyperactivity often interrupt others.

People aren’t as familiar with adult hyperactivity as they are with the cases in children. However, it’s more common that you might think.

It’s a emotional and mental disorder that results in volatile moods, poor everyday planning, lack of self-confidence and a weak or irregular attention span.

As a result, hyperactive adults are often people with low self-esteem, complicated romantic relationships, little social interaction and many failures. The main problems that arise as a consequence are anxiety, depression, personality disorders and drug use.

We recommend that you read: 5 Healthy Foods that Calm Your Anxiety

Treating adult hyperactivity

First and foremost, you should see a psychologist to analyze your case and make a diagnosis. If you really do have adult ADHD, your next step should be informing yourself about the disorder in order to understand what it is and how it effects people and other areas of life.

There are different options available for overcoming hyperactivity. Many of them involve cognitive or behavioral therapy that focus on modifying certain habits over time. Some tips for working on adult hyperactivity are the following:

1. Talk it out

Hyperactivity in Adulthood

It’s always a good idea to talk with people that you can trust..as long as it’s someone who can (or who wants to) help, support and respect. It’s very important to be able to rely on someone who’s able to leave judgements aside.

2. Breathe

Focused breathing can have many benefits in overwhelming situations or in moments of anxiety. To regain your calm, you should zone in on your body’s movements every time you inhale and exhale until you calm down.

This technique allows us to stop focusing on the negative side of things.

3. Avoid interupting

Avoid interupting

In order to avoid interrupting others non-stop, you can try counting to 10 before speaking. You should practice actively listening to what other people say without commenting unless they directly ask for an opinion.

4. Relax

For adult hyperactivity, you can try various relaxation techniques. Sometimes, meditation is the best solution. At others, a relaxing shower or a walk in the park will more helpful.

The important thing is to find the method that best helps you wind down your mind and that whirlwind of ideas.

5. Organize


Another obstacle that hyperactive people need to sort out is the mess in their surroundings (at work or home).

  • You can organize many ways such as making to-do lists, keeping a calendar on hand or using sticky-notes.

You can also keep a day or morning free from plans in order to organize your desk or work space and slowly change your habits to prevent piles from accumulating (you can try putting away your clean clothes instead of leaving them on a chair, or putting folders away on a shelf instead of piling them on your desk).

6. Limit your distractions

It’s very common for hyperactive people to get easily distracted. In light of that, you should limit distracting elements from study or work areas.

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