Do I have Adult ADHD?

ADHD otherwise known as Attention Deficit or Hyperactivity Disorder is a common mental health disorder in the world today. However, in this side of the world, it is usually mistaken for unseriousness or extreme playfulness, especially among children particularly males.

This disorder could mean the incapability of an individual to focus on a task for the required amount of time and end up doing something that is totally unrelated to the initial task at hand. It could also mean that the individual tends to hyper focus on a task and has problems with prioritizing tasks based on priority. All these are some of the struggles that individuals suffering from ADHD face.

Symptoms of ADHD

There are many symptoms that are related to ADHD and they might differ per person. But on a general note, here are some of the symptoms that may gear the headlights towards ADHD, based on the different subtypes:

  1. Inattention:

  • Do you often struggle with staying focused on tasks?

  • Do you frequently not pay close attention to details or do you keep making careless mistakes?

  • Do you find it a trouble organizing tasks or activities, meeting deadlines and your work is disorganized?

  • Are you easily distracted?

  • Is it more common for you to not follow through on instructions or fail to complete work assignments, chores or other activities?

  • Do you often forget doing routine chores (like paying bills, returning phone calls, keeping appointments)?

  • Do you avoid tasks that require long periods of mental focus (preparing reports, filling out forms)?

  • Do you often lose items needed to complete tasks or activities?

  • Do you appear to not be listening even when spoken to directly?

  • Do you have a tendency to hyperfocus on a task at the detriment of others?

2. Impulsivity:

  • Are you often Impatient?

  • Do you often have anger outbursts?

  • Are you thrill seeking?

  • Do you often intrude on others?

  • And blurts into conversations of others?

  • Do you often act without considering others?

3. Hyperactivity:

  • Are you constantly on ‘drive’ never seeming to slow down?

  • Do you often talk too much?

  • Are you constantly fidgeting with your hands or legs?

ADHD symptoms in adults

The list of symptoms listed above is based on a general view. However, they might differ for adults and children. Here are some signs that as an adult, you might be suffering from ADHD:

  • Inattention to detail

  • Repeatedly initiating new projects before completing existing ones.

  • Lack of organization.

  • Short attention span

  • Incapacity to prioritize

  • Constantly misplacing or missing stuff

  • Forgetfulness

  • Anxiety

  • Irritability

These symptoms become even more evident if you work in an organization or in a workplace that is well structured. Imagine deciding to re-organize your desk just before an important meeting with a client. At that moment, preparing for your meeting is the least of your worries. When it should be the other way round. Do not worry, you are not insane. It is just one of the woes of having ADHD.

ADHD symptoms in kids

In children, it might be a little tricky because children are expected to be hyperactive bundles of energy and are expected to be weirdos. However, it is still important to know of the signs to be on the lookout. So watch out parents. These symptoms are:

  • Being unable to sit still particularly in tranquil or quiet environments.

  • Constantly moving around as though ‘motor driven’.

  • Not being able to focus on mental tasks.

  • Excessive movement (fidgeting) of the body.

  • Too much talking

  • Unwillingness to wait their turn.

  • Actions that lack consideration.

  • Breaking up discussions.

In this case, it might be wise to pay a visit to the school to talk to the school teachers on how they behave at school. Is your kid just being a roughie at home, or they could potentially have ADHD?

How to get diagnosed for ADHD

Usually, ADHD is diagnosed at childhood, unfortunately many do not get diagnosed until late adolescence or early adulthood. Typically diagnosis is around the ages of three to seven. Let me start this point by saying that you may not need a Psychiatrist for this diagnosis. You are going to need the services of a well trained child education or mental health specialist. Some standardized tests and questionnaires would be administered to aid diagnosis. Medications where needed would require the expertise of a Psychiatrist.

So, do not take chances. If you notice any of these signs in your child or in yourself, it's best you get into contact with a specialist for help. We at EmpathySpace Therapy Hub offer these services so why don’t you give us a call. We will be more than happy to help.

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