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Adult ADD / ADHD - Symptoms, Diagnosis, Tips to Cope

What is attention deficit disorder (ADD)?

Attention deficit disorder and Attention deficit hyperactive disorder is not limited to children alone. ADD and ADHD is caused due to chemical imbalances in the brain and affects adults as well with similar symptoms. Due to misconceptions in society, adults with this disorder are subjected to many challenges in situations relating to work and requiring social interaction.

The symptoms of adult ADD and ADHD include:

  • Lack of focus
  • Being disorganized
  • Agitation
  • Procrastination
  • Highly emotional
  • Engaging in risky behaviour
  • Distractedness
  • Verbally impulsive

How do I know if I need an evaluation for adult ADD / ADHD?

Most adults who need to be evaluated for AD/HD have serious problems with concentration or paying attention, or are overactive in one or more areas of living. Some of the most common problems include:

  • Problems with jobs or careers; losing or quitting jobs frequently
  • Problems doing as well as you should at work or in school
  • Problems with day-to-day tasks such as doing household chores, paying bills, organizing things
  • Problems with relationships because you forget important things, can't finish tasks, or get upset over little things
  • Ongoing stress and worry because you don't meet goals and responsibilities
  • Ongoing, strong feelings of frustration, guilt, or blame
Source: National Resource Center on AD/HD

Tips to cope with adult ADD / ADHD:

  • Since it is difficult to focus for long, break down tasks into smaller chunks. Use a timer to allocate a set amount of time to each small task and finish it
  • Reward yourself for a task finished
  • To eliminate distractions wear a headphone to remove surrounding noise.
  • Make a list of things to be done
  • People with ADD/ADHD are visually oriented and respond positively to color. Use bright post-it notes to allow tasks to be memorable.
  • As soon as you are finished with a task put things back where they belong
  • People with ADD / ADHD tend to be verbally impulsive saying things that can be hurtful to others. Before speaking, gather your thoughts and think about the effect of what you are going to say
  • It can be difficult to listen and focus in conversations. Maintain eye contact, nod your head, you can even ask the person to repeat what they said or paraphrase and repeat back to them. This will help to stay focussed on the conversation
  • Meditation is an excellent exercise for the mind to stay focussed. Martial arts and yoga also help to increase focus.
  • Supplements such as Vitamin C, Bacopa and Mentat help improve mental focus.

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