What is Adult ADD?

ADD or Attention Deficit Disorder is a biochemical condition of the brain that makes it hard to self-regulate and self-motivate. It is biochemical in nature and not a problem of attitude or character. It can easily be confused with a variety of other conditions including, depression, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, situational stress, sleep disorders and a variety of metabolic conditions. It is therefore important to make an accurate diagnosis before labeling someone as having ADD.
There are two major aspects of ADD – Inattention and Hyperactivity.
Symptoms of Inattention include:
  • Procrastination
  • Indecision, difficulty recalling and organizing details required for a task
  • Poor time management, losing track of time
  • Avoiding tasks or jobs that require sustained attention
  • Difficulty initiating tasks
  • Difficulty completing and following through on tasks
  • Difficulty multitasking
  • Difficulty shifting attention from one task to another
Symptoms of Hyperactivity include:
  • Chooses highly active, stimulating jobs
  • Avoids situations with low physical activity or sedentary work
  • May choose to work long hours or two jobs
  • Seeks constant activity
  • Easily bored
  • Impatient
  • Intolerant to frustration, easily irritated
  • Impulsive, snap decisions and irresponsible behaviors
  • Loses temper easily, angers quickly
Adults with ADD have had some or even most of these symptoms since childhood and have repetitive problems coping with relationships, learning and behavior because of their increased impulsiveness and diminished attention span.

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