Adult ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) are conditions that have to do with the way you think. Unfortunately, they can seriously affect adults when it comes to their job, relationships, and their finances. It's true that they have to do with not being able to concentrate, but there's a lot more to it. Some of the signs include:
- "zoning out" during conversations, or daydreaming
- not remembering being told something
- being late or forgetting to show up when expected
- speaking without thinking first or interrupting others when they talk
- talking fast or excessively, and hopping from one topic to the next
- getting easily frustrated or bored
- procrastination or difficulty staying focused
- not finishing what you start (projects, books)
- low self-esteem or insecurity
- impulsive behaviors, quick to get angry
There are also some really positive "gifts" if you have ADD and ADHD? Want to hear them, then
- Adults with ADD or ADHD may also be able to maintain intense focus on something that they are greatly interested in. This is called hyper focus, where people can be engaged for hours with a lack of awareness for others or time. They can be super determined and have high energy and enthusiasm for something if it sparks their interest. Einstein and Da Vinci had this ability and look how successful they were!!
- People with ADD or ADHD are also great at creative thinking, problem-solving, and brainstorming ideas. Scientists, inventors, artists, musicians, and doctors can benefit from this type of brain.
- Intelligence, flexibility, and spontaneity are also character traits of someone with ADD or ADHD.
Dear's Advice: If this sounds like you, and your symptoms are preventing you from living your life the way you want to, I would definitely talk to a therapist. They can offer suggestions for ways to help with the symptoms that get in the way of your job or having the relationships you want, possibly prescribing drugs to lower the symptoms of these disorders. Plus you'll feel better talking to someone who understands and supports you.