We all know adults who can’t sit still, who never seem to listen, who blurt out inappropriate comments or don’t follow instructions no matter how clearly you present them. They were that way when they were kids. I know … I was that kid. I am now that adult.
While it’s normal for adults to forget their work, daydream during or act without thinking, inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity are also possible characteristics or indications of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD. ADHD makes it difficult for a person to inhibit their spontaneous responses, including everything from movement to speech to assertiveness.
Some adults did not get a diagnosis as children. Some adults did. Some adults with ADHD may be constantly in-motion, bouncing off the walls and disrupting others around them. Other adults with ADHD may sit quietly, with their attention miles away.
There are three primary characteristics of ADHD: Inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, though all three aren’t always prominent in the same individual. Presentation in men and women can vary.
Adults with ADHD may, I repeat may …
- Have trouble staying focused or get easily distracted
- Appear not to be listening when spoken to
- Constantly fidget and squirm
- Talk excessively
- Act without thinking
- Interrupt often, or say the wrong thing at the wrong time
- Have a quick temper or “short fuse”
- Have gut or digestive issues
- Have reoccurring periods of depression or anxiety
Whether or not your symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are due to ADHD, they can cause problems if left untreated. Adults who can’t focus or control themselves or get into trouble at work, and often find it hard to make friends. These frustrations can later lead to low self-esteem as well as friction for the whole family.
Treatment can make a dramatic difference in your symptoms. With the right support, you can get on track for success in all areas of life. If you’re interested in learning more about ADD and ADHD therapy, contact me today for a free consultation. I would be happy to share how I can help you achieve your goal and grow.