ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder is thought to be biological and most often genetic; its development takes place very early. Adults with ADHD may exhibit the same symptoms they had as children, and although hyperactivity often diminishes by adulthood, inattentiveness and impulsivity may persist. About 50 per cent of adults with ADHD also suffer from an anxiety disorder.
In the fast-paced world in which we live, it is easy for anyone to become forgetful or easily distracted. However, for adults who deal with symptoms of ADHD, their difficulties maintaining attention negatively impacts their life in numerous ways. Problems begin to surface at work, in relationships and at home. If you are concerned that you may be dealing with ADHD or a loved one may, here are some signs to look out for:
It is Challenging to Relax
Those with an ADHD diagnosis suffer hyperactivity and restlessness which makes it very difficult to relax. You may find that it is difficult or almost impossible to do things that require stillness, such as staying seated over an extended period or meditating.
If you are easily distracted or have trouble focusing on simple tasks, this is a sign you have ADHD. Your difficulty concentrating may cause problems at work such as not paying attention in meetings, or issues in relationships because you get distracted during conversations.
If you find yourself running late, missing deadlines at work, and piling up laundry in your room, these symptoms of procrastination are signs you may have ADHD. Adults with ADHD tend to procrastinate because of their distractibility, difficulty focusing, and trouble handling mundane tasks.
A Short Fuse
If you have angry outbursts, then find yourself immediately over it while your friend or loved one is still reeling from the exchange, this is a sign that you might be dealing with ADHD. ADHD is closely linked to feelings of dysregulation; we can step into the fight survival mechanism when we feel overwhelmed and not be aware of this.
Impulsivity and Risk Taking
Adults with ADHD tend to take risks and can be impulsive. You might find yourself buying something expensive on a whim, engaging in unprotected sex, having moments of reckless driving or blurt out thoughts without much of a filter, finding yourself offending others. If you see yourself acting on impulse without taking account of the possible repercussions, this is a sign that you may have symptoms of ADHD.
Although ADHD is often self-diagnosable, it is essential to consult with a trained mental health professional. Some of the symptoms of ADHD such as trouble concentrating and risk-taking are also associated with bipolar disorder, depression and other mental health issues. Getting the right diagnosis and support is an essential first step on the road to wellness.
If you think you may be dealing with symptoms of ADHD and would like to consult with an experienced mental health practitioner, please do not hesitate to contact me.