An Israeli study found that adults with ADHD who go unmedicated may be 52% more likely to test positive for SARS-CoV-2. These findings are based on the associated symptoms of adult ADHD, including impulsiveness and difficulty following instructions, putting this population at greater risk of exposure to the virus.
Adult ADHD is characterized by impulsivity as well as inattention. Other significant symptoms include hyperactivity, difficulty prioritizing tasks, and absence of time awareness. Depending upon an individual’s overall mental health, the symptoms of adult ADHD may present differently.
Diagnosing ADHD in adults is relatively difficult, as formal diagnosis requires symptom onset between the ages of 6 and 12. When ADHD is diagnosed in adulthood, it is often supported by an individual’s failure to meet the increased organizational demands of adulthood.
Young adults, in particular, must already learn to cope with academic and social pressures, along with a plethora of new and developing societal expectations. The ongoing pandemic only adds to the pressure. To best care for adult patients during this challenging time, providers must be aware of the symptoms of adult ADHD and work with their patients to manage the condition or make a psychiatric referral to do so .
Source: Aman, N., Islam, F., Karama, S., & Choudhry, Z. (2021, April 19). Preventing psychosocial effects of adult ADHD during the pandemic. Medscape. https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/949497