Do you suspect you may have ADHD? The following is a list of common symptoms of ADHD. This list is only some of the traits of ADHD / ADD and can vary greatly:
1. Distractibility: Are you easily distracted and lose your focus when performing a task or in a conversation?
2. Disorganized: Do you have a hard time organizing your desk, bills , schedule or anything else?
3. Restlessness: Do you often have a hard time sitting through a meeting or class? Are you constantly moving your leg or playing with a pencil? Or is your mind racing with thoughts continually?
4. Procrastination: Is it difficult to begin a task, or do you start multiple tasks but never finish them?
5. Chronic Tardiness: Are you often late for work, school, or meetings? Do you wait until the last minute to get out the door, only to find you forgot something and now will be late?
6. Impulsivity: Do you take unnecessary risks with finances or when driving? Do you blurt out inappropriate comments. Do you crave excitement?
7. Excessive Talking: Do you continue to pour out your thoughts even when the person you are talking to seems uninterested in the topic(s)? Do you cut them off when they speak or finish their sentences?
Don't panic, having these traits doesn't necessarily mean you have ADHD. It is when these traits significantly interfere in your quality of life, jobs, and relationships that you should seek help from a professional. The good news is that many people completely turn their lives around once they are diagnosed and receive treatment.
As someone who just found out a couple years ago that I had ADHD for most likely all of my life, I began devouring every book,video, and white paper I could find on the subject. One of the first things that really struck me was the wide range of opinions even among professionals regarding ADHD.
I've read everything from the authors suggesting we are damaged goods if we have ADHD and should just take our meds and shut up... to were all amazing geniuses with superhuman powers. Then of course there is the camp that denies ADHD is real. Of course, at one time people thought the world was flat and elephants held it up.
Research continues to expose the myths and misunderstandings at a ever increasing rate. However, until the population is fully educated about ADHD, we must not be defined by uninformed opinions about what ADHD is. Our gifts and struggles are both unique and often common to those with ADHD. Yet we never should be defined solely by ADHD, our gifts, or our struggles.