A mature person who has these traits may be suffering from adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Helena Bester, a neurotherapist and leading expert on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), said many adults who suffered from the disorder might not be aware of it. ADHD was a complex disorder with 18 symptoms. The three main ones were inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.
“Although, officially, statistics indicate that the incidence of ADHD among adults is lower (than in children), we have to remember that stats are based on those who have been diagnosed. With children it’s anywhere between 5% to 10%; with adults it’s officially 2%. According to the American Journal of Psychiatry ADHD among adults in the US is at 4.4%,” she said.
“We typically see that (adults with ADHD) struggle to hold down a job. They often miss out on promotion because they don’t have endurance and are not consistent in what they do. We often find irresponsible sexual behaviour. A group of them are quite explosive. They won’t be blatantly explosive... but they hold things in and if circumstances are favourable, then they are okay. But when there is a problem, they’ll have these explosive reactions. We also see intermittent explosiveness all day.”