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
- Highly emotional
- Engaging in risky behaviour
- 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