How to Prevent ADHD Symptoms From Worsening

Millions of people worldwide have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) without even realizing it. Adult ADHD has many irritating symptoms that make it difficult to get along with others and complete duties. And if a person is constantly forgetful, late, or unorganized, it can portray the existence of ADHD. So, it is critical to see a doctor for an assessment.

Those having a diagnosis can successfully manage ADHD symptoms with medications, counseling, or self-help techniques. But since the disorder cannot be cured completely, one may wonder: can ADHD get worse because of any reasons? And what could those reasons be?

In this post, we will try to find the answers. But first, let’s review the common symptoms and supposed initial causes of this condition.

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Symptoms of ADHD

Many adults with ADHD ignore its symptoms until they get worse. They may struggle to focus and prioritize their tasks and are likely to miss important deadlines or cancel on friends and social plans as a result. Lack of self-control is another common symptom. It can manifest in various ways, ranging from having a short fuse to irritability to reckless driving and other risky behaviors.

The symptoms of ADHD may vary and usually represent a specific type of the disorder: predominantly inattentive, predominantly hyperactive, or combined. Most often, adults having ADHD struggle with combined [3*]  or inattentive types. The symptoms can include:

  • Reduced time management skills.
  • Poor planning.
  • Impulsiveness.
  • Poor problem-solving skills and disorganization.
  • Frequent mood swings.
  • Excessive restlessness.
  • Bad temper.
  • Trouble coping with stress.

Causes and Risk Factors of ADHD

The exact causes of ADHD remain unclear. However, certain factors involved in its development include:

  • Genetics.
  • Environment.
  • Temperament.

Risk factors of ADHD can increase in case:

  • A person has relatives and family members with ADHD or other mental disorders.
  • There is a maternal history of indulging in smoking, drinking, or drug use during pregnancy.
  • One was exposed to environmental toxins during childhood.
  • One was born prematurely.

Can ADHD Get Worse With Age?

Most individuals fear that ADHD symptoms will worsen with age. According to researchers, ADHD persists into adulthood in up to 60% of cases [4*] , but not all those people notice their symptoms deteriorate. So, what makes ADHD worse is not aging itself but specific habits and experiences as well as a lack of professional support. Let’s review the factors in more detail.

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Why ADHD May Worsen

These are some things that can make ADHD worse:

  • Stress, busy schedules, and overwhelming situations.
  • Poor sleeping patterns.
  • Specific foods: junk food, artificial food colors, and sodium benzoate-containing beverages.
  • Overstimulation: places that are too busy, loud, dirty, or full of people.
  • Distractive technologies.
  • Other mental disorders: anxiety, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, and depression.

7 Tips to Prevent ADHD From Worsening

Developing healthy coping strategies can help manage the symptoms of ADHD and prevent them from becoming worse. Here are seven valuable tips that can help manage the condition:

  • Create a routine and stick to it. Having a constant routine reduces impulsive feelings and increases the ability to focus. Among these are setting time limits, making a schedule for daily tasks, and breaking tasks down into small steps that are easy to handle.
  • Use organization tools. Reduce distractions, use planners, calendars, or special apps to improve prioritization, and keep the environment clean to avoid overwhelming situations.
  • Practice healthy sleep hygiene. Enough sleep is essential to everyone. On average, an adult should sleep for at least 7-9 hours a night. Establishing calming routines related to going to bed and having enough rest may help improve ADHD symptoms.
  • Eat a healthy diet. A nutritious and balanced diet reduces hyperactivity and improves focus. Your brain will function better if you provide all the necessary nutrients, limit added sugar and sodium, and consume more omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Exercise regularly. Set a few minutes daily for light exercises such as press-ups, morning jogging, or evening walks. Physical activity helps produce dopamine and improves executive function.
  • Practice mindfulness and take breaks. Breaks help relax the mind and reduce stress and anxiety. Mindfulness techniques such as meditation help improve concentration levels.
  • Get medical attention. The best way of mitigating ADHD is through proper diagnosis and treatment. Therapy, life changes, and medication help reduce ADHD effects and symptoms.


ADHD is a complex condition that can pose significant challenges. Even though it is not known exactly whether ADHD is getting worse with age, certain actions can reduce the possibility of such outcomes. Consider seeking medical attention if the symptoms become severe and interfere with your daily life. Book an online appointment with a mental health expert at the EZCare Clinic to mitigate the condition and improve your overall health.


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