The Link Between Adult ADHD And Risky Behavior

There might be times when someone with ADHD acts in a way that can upset you or others. However, don’t blame them because those struggling with ADHD tend to have lower levels of neurotransmitters, such as Dopamine.


When you do something risky, what happens in your body is an increase of dopamine levels. In turn, you will experience a “rush” which can make you feel good. Since individuals with ADHD lack neurotransmitters, they tend to engage in risky activities or show hyperactive behavior, making them more prone to being over excited or jumpy.


Their hyperactive actions could be something minor like showing up late to work, or it could be dangerous like speeding or excessive alcohol intake.


ADHD In Adults


When hearing the term ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, most people’s minds associate it with children, but in fact, about 30-70% of those who have ADHD continue showing symptoms and exhibiting hyperactive behavior even when they grow up.


Common ADHD-Related Problems


Examples of challenging behavior in people with ADHD may be:




  • Difficulty in finishing tasks 
  • Showing up late to commitments or appointments
  • Overspending or frivolous and impulsive buying
  • Starting arguments with other people
  • Difficulty maintaining relationships with friends and loved ones
  • Dangerous traffic behavior like speeding
  • Substance abuse
  • Risky actions related to sex such as unprotected sex


There can also be other factors like their environment and health problems that can contribute to why a person with ADHD acts dangerously or inappropriately.


How To Help


If you know a person with ADHD and they are showing risky behavior, here are some ways to help him/her:


  1. Don’t place blame. 


Be kind. Remember that ADHD isn’t something they chose to have, but rather it is already in their biology. Be someone who they can trust to be there for them. Blaming them for something they didn’t choose to have or be influenced by their genetics will make them less likely to open up to you.


  1. Be a partner in planning. 


The part of the brain responsible for planning is the one most affected by ADHD. This makes it difficult for them to plan of time or make schedules. Help them plan by setting a routine or schedule together with them. This way they can do their responsibilities and tasks on time and lessen the chances of them being late for important appointments.


  1. Be active together. 


Exercise can help reduce some of the symptoms of ADHD because it raises the dopamine levels in the brain, which is what they unconsciously chase.


  1. Advise the person to get treatment and to stick with it. 


ADHD medication can help people reduce the symptoms that they are experiencing. A study showed that those who continued their medication had a lower chance of experiencing traffic accidents.


There are also types of therapy that are specialized in helping those with ADHD cope such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT helps in reducing symptoms since it aims to change one’s thought process which influences the behavior.



Rather than just taking medication or counseling all alone, it is better to do both. There are symptoms that the drug won’t be able to cover and there are issues that counseling alone cannot solve. By doing both, you can address as many symptoms as possible. There’s no exact cure for ADHD in adults but going on treatment can leave a significant impact.


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