Attention Deficit Disorder is not just a problem in children. If you were diagnosed with childhood ADD/ADHD, chances are, you’ve carried at least some of the symptoms into adulthood. But even if you were never diagnosed with ADD/ADHD as a child, it doesn’t mean you can’t be affected by it as an adult. Research shows in general that one in 33 adults or 4% of the total adult population in the world suffer with Attention Deficit Disorder.
SYMPTOMS OF ADULT ADD
In adults, ADD often looks quite different than it does in children and its symptoms are unique to each individual. According to Dr. Hallowell, an expert in this field, Attention Deficit Disorder may manifest in the following ways:
- A sense of underachievement. As if your goals are not achieved dispite the fact that you are working hard at it.
- It is difficult to organise yourself.
- Chronic postponement. It’s hard starting a task.
- Variety of projects started simultaneously without ever completing them.
- The tendency to speak your mind and not necessarily taking into consideration the timing or appropriateness of the comments.
- Ongoing quest for stimulation.
- Irritable when bored.
- Easily distracted. Difficulty focusing attention. A tendency to lose interest during a conversation.
- Often creative, intuitive and highly intelligent.
- Problem following established procedure.
- Intolerant and low tolerance of frustration.
- Impulsive (verbally or in action), for example when spending money.
- Changing plans, work regularly and moody.
- Tendency to worry needlessly and is on the lookout for anything to be concerned about.
- Feeling of insecurity.
- Mood swings, blazè, especially apathettic to a person or project.
- Physical or cognitive restlessness.
- Tendency of habit-forming behaviour.
- Chronic problems with self-esteem.
- Inaccurate self-observation.
- Family history of ADD manic/depressive disorder and impulse control.
Attention Deficit Disorder must be identified by a professional, registered expert, for example, Neurologist, Psychiatrist or Psychologist. For the diagnosis to be given to an adult, the individual must have symptoms which began in childhood and are ongoing.
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