Signs and symptoms may be mild to severe, and they may or may not be present all the time. Some sufferers might be able to stay focused more than others. Most ADHD/ADD sufferers always look for something to keep them motivated. They are always looking for stimulation. But there are others that don’t need any motivation or stimulation to work on the tasks at hand. There are sufferers that can become anti-social, and there are those that tend to become over-social. Their moods, actions, and feelings are often on the extremes.
Numerous adults could adjust to the signs and symptoms of ADHD when they were children. The reason for this is when individuals develop into adulthood more personal responsibility is needed to function in the real world. This means that certain obligations need to be met that cannot simply be dealt with by a parent or guardian. Whether you are dealing with ADHD yourself or you suspect a close loved one may be dealing with the condition there are certain signs and symptoms you can spot before deciding to seek help, continue reading to find out more.
Difficulty Concentrating and Focusing on Tasks at Hand
Adults suffering from ADHD/ADD often have trouble maintaining their focus on tasks at hand and have difficulty attending to even the simplest daily tasks and responsibilities. If you have ADHD/ADD, you might be easily distracted by irrelevant movement and noise around you, bounce from one activity to another without completing anything, and become bored easily.
It has to be pointed out that symptoms are often overlooked because they do not necessarily disrupt the sufferer’s daily activity.
Inattention and difficulty concentrating symptoms include:
- “Zoning out” without actually realizing that you have, even in the middle of a conversation
- Wandering attention and difficulty to stay on track
- Lack of focus
- Difficulty to complete assigned tasks, even the simplest responsibilities are hard to accomplish
- Failure to remember details, causing errors and/or incomplete projects
- Poor listening skills and have trouble recalling conversations that you were a part of
- Difficulty to follow instructions and simple directions
Tendency to “Over-focus”
Hyper-focus is defined as a coping mechanism for distraction. It is one way of isolating the chaos with an intention of “eliminating” it.
If you have ADHD/ADD, you may have the tendency to become unmindful of everything around you. For instance, you might be watching television or browsing social media and you completely lose track of the time that you miss out on what you are supposed to do. Hyper-focus is a symptom that can be rechanneled to increase your productivity but it can also be a drawback on your relationships and work-related responsibilities if the symptom is not managed properly.
Forgetfulness and Inability to Organize
You might feel that your life is in complete chaos and things are always out of control when you are suffering from ADHD/ADD. You might even have trouble keeping track of the things that you need to do daily (even if you are supposed to know your routine already).
The following are the common symptoms:
- Poor organizational skills (evident when you look at your room, your home, your office desk, which are visibly cluttered and messy)
- Easily procrastinates
- Chronic tardiness
- Difficulty starting and finishing tasks and projects
- Often forgetting commitments and appointments
- Missing deadlines and due dates
- Constantly misplacing things, like documents, eyeglasses, keys, phone
- Miscalculating estimated time of completion of particular projects and tasks
Tendency to become impulsive
If you are showing symptoms, you might have trouble inhibiting comments, responses, and behaviours. When you speak your mind, you do not think about the possible consequences of your words and actions. You might be unable to control interrupting someone who is talking, blurting out unnecessary comments, and rushing into working on a task without understanding instructions or directions.
You might easily become impatient. When you are struggling to control your impulses, you might be experiencing these symptoms:
- Poor self-control
- Tendency to interrupt other people
- Tendency to shout out your thoughts that might offend other people
- Tendency to speak or act without considering possible consequences
- Acts spontaneously
- Have trouble behaving socially, like feeling restless during a long meeting
Most adults who have ADHD/ADD find it hard to manage their own feelings, especially when they have to deal with negative emotions, such as frustration and anger.
ADHD has a way of making it impossible for those suffering from it to control their feelings and emotions. This is especially true for anger and irritability.
Adults with ADHD suffer a lot of emotional distress such as:
- Constantly having a sense of underachievement
- Having trouble staying motivated
- Being hypersensitive to criticism
- Being easily stressed out and frustrated
- Being unable to deal well with feelings of frustration
- Having a short explosive temper
- Having mood swings and being very irritable
- Having low self-esteem and suffering from inferiority complexes
- Feeling of inadequacy and underachievement
- Easily de-motivated
- Difficulty dealing with frustrations and disappointments
- Is quickly stressed-out
- Extreme mood swings
- Easily irritable
- Cannot take criticisms easily
- Tendency to become short-tempered
- Low self-esteem
You have difficulty in concentration
Adults suffering from ADD frequently find it difficult to concentrate on even everyday tasks such as cooking or doing the laundry. They can get easily sidetracked by even the slightest change in imagery or noise level. People notice that they can suddenly jump from one endeavour to another or they can easily become uninterested and inattentive.
This symptom is often ignored because it is not as disrupting as the other symptoms such as being overly active and always acting on impulse.
You can check if you have any of these indications:
- You sometimes zone out without noticing it. You will just hear people You can be extremely distracted during conversations. It is therefore challenging for you to keep tabs on the topic being discussed.
- You struggle to finish any task you started; this goes for both the simple and complicated ones.
- You tend to miss important details so you end up making mistakes and suffering mishaps when you are trying to do your job.
- You find it hard to listen to other people, especially when you are given instructions or directions.
You are disorganized and forgetful
If you are suffering from ADD, you will feel that your day-to-day life appears to be filled with chaos and problem after problem. Your priorities are all scrambled that people often go to you to remind you about missed deadlines or incomplete tasks.
Here are some of the other indications of being disorganized and forgetful:
- You have inadequate organizational abilities. Your house, your workstation at the office, and even your car can almost always be found as untidy and disorderly.
- You tend to give in to procrastination.
- You have difficulty beginning and completing tasks.
- You are always late for work and appointments.
- You always forget scheduled meetings and important dates.
- You always misplace your personal stuff like keys and your phone.
- You tend to underestimate the required time for finishing your activities.
You are highly impulsive
If you are suffering from this symptom, you probably always catch yourself saying remarks and replies that you don’t really want to say out loud. You hear people telling you that you act before you think. You may respond too quickly to other people’s actions and words without trying to understand what they truly mean. Because you are impulsive, you tend to become very impatient when you need to sit still and wait.
This symptom can actually bring you risks or danger because you hastily do things without thinking about the consequences first.
Here are some of the other indications of being impulsive:
- You butt in during conversations and you do not wait for other people to finish what they are saying before you speak.
- You lack self-control.
- You tend to utter offensive or improper remarks because you do not think before you speak.
- You have a higher tendency to be addicted to nicotine, caffeine, alcohol, and other substances.
- You find it hard to behave appropriately during social gatherings.
You are often hyperactive or restless
Hyperactive adults suffering from ADHD basically act similarly to hyperactive children who also suffer from the disorder. You feel like you are always full of energy and you want to continuously move around to release your extra energy. However, this hyperactivity tendency can become more restrained as persons with ADHD become older because the hyperactivity tends to stay inside the head instead of being expressed externally.
Here are some of the other indications of being hyperactive or restless:
- You feel agitated internally. Even if you try to meditate, you cannot calm down your mind because various thoughts keep barging into your head.
- You often take risks that can jeopardize your life, relationships, or even finances.
- You often find yourself fighting with boredom.
- You can never really sit still. When you are sitting or waiting in line, you often find yourself squirming, twitching, or fiddling.
- You always crave for exciting activities.
- You tend to talk in excess and people need to ask you to quiet down sometimes.
- You like to do several tasks all at the same time.