Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health


"I know exactly what I need to do – I can advise other people what to do – but I cannot follow through on what I know I need to do.”

"I have a hard time concentrating on what is going on and am easily distracted by things around me. People think I’m not paying attention and guess what? They’re right!"

"I feel like I’ve under-achieved in almost every part of my life: school, work, and even in my relationships. I just know I should have done better!"

"I always lose track of time and end up running late for appointments."

"My life seems to be an endless cycle of chaos and control. I feel like such an imposter."

"It seems I’m always letting people down, whether it’s my boss or my best friend. I say I’m going to do something, and really intend to deliver. But then something happens and I just don’t get finished when said I would."

Do these problems sound familiar for you or someone you know?

We all experience these sorts of aggravations from time to time. However, when these difficulties occur chronically and in a variety of situations, it may be a sign of something more than just a bad day.

Once viewed primarily as a "behavior problem," we now know that ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting millions of people in the United States and around the world. Although the "core symptoms" of ADHD are subtle and essentially invisible to most people, these symptoms lead to unmistakable functional impairments and struggles in almost every part of the lives of adults with ADHD.

These impairments include recurrent procrastination, chronic disorganization, inconsistent work or school performance, and difficulties sustaining healthy relationships, just to name a few.

If you are experiencing some of these difficulties, the services offered at Penn's Adult ADHD Treatment & Research Program may help.

Important note: 

Our assessment does NOT meet the necessary criteria for students seeking academic accommodations.  (See Assessment section)

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