Attention Deficit Disorder
Adult Attention Deficit Disorder
Causes of Attention Deficit Disorder
Attention Deficit Disorder Symptoms
Diagnoses of Attention Deficit Disorder
Treatment for Attention Deficit Disorder
Attention Hyperactivity Deficit Disorder

Attention Deficit Disorder Symptoms

Adults, who are living with this condition, and especially those who are undiagnosed and untreated, may be experiencing a number of symptoms and problems; it may often be unique and may vary in type, number and intensity. ADD is complex and no two individuals are exactly alike.

Some symptoms or indicator that can suggest ADD are:

  • Frequently losing or misplacing things
  • Perfectionist tendencies
  • Strong need to control or have things your way
  • A sense of failure; not living up to one's potential
  • A sense of being different, unconventional
  • A sense of internal restlessness; constantly active
  • Difficulty with falling asleep or waking up alert
  • Easily distracted; forgetful; daydreaming
  • Procrastination; inability to complete things
  • Disorganization; messiness; clutter
  • Behavioral or verbal impulsiveness
  • Difficulty with expressing thoughts in speech or in writing
  • Significant periods of depression; low self-esteem
  • A sense of failure; not living up to one's potential
  • A sense of being different, unconventional
  • A sense of internal restlessness; constantly active
  • Difficulty with falling asleep or waking up alert
  • Very impatient; low frustration tolerance
  • Emotionally sensitive; easily upset, depressed, hurt or angered
  • Difficulty with personal or work relationships
  • Frequently late or rushed
  • Difficulty in estimating how much time something will take
  • Impulsive spending and money management problems
  • Personal or family history of substance abuse, depression or anxiety
  • Very sensitive to being told to do something, teasing, criticism, rejection or anger
  • A sense that your mind is always active; thoughts jumping from one topic to the next
  • Easily bored; intense need for excitement
  • Difficulty with following rules
  • Difficulty with reading comprehension or retention
  • Frequently changing jobs, interests or activities

The symptoms of ADD can be situational and unpredictable, or invariable. In some individual with ADD they can concentrate if they are interested or excited, while others have difficulty concentrating under any circumstances. Some enthusiastically seek stimulation, while other avoids it. Some become resistance, ill-behaved and, later antisocial, while other may become eager people-pleasers. Some are outgoing, and others are withdrawn.

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