Most people are familiar with ADD in children, but did you know that adults can also be diagnosed with ADD? Adult ADD is similar to attention deficit disorder in children, and may cause many problems in an individual’s life. While most of us have trouble concentrating or completing certain tasks at some point, someone with adult ADD has severe difficulties – to the point that it greatly interferes with daily life.
Symptoms of Adult ADD
Symptoms of adult ADD include:
*difficulty screening out distractions
*difficult completing tasks
*difficulty organizing or remembering information
*difficulty being on time
*difficulty setting priorities and keeping them in order
Someone with adult ADD may focus all their attention and become lost doing something unimportant, while a far more important task is left unfinished or even started. They may forget essential details, leaving everything until the last minute or waiting until someone forces them to complete the task. This makes adult ADD especially frustrating for individuals who are trying to get ahead in their career, and may appear to employers as laziness or disorganization, resulting in the loss of their job.
In most cases, adult ADD does in fact start in childhood, although frequently it is not recognized at the time. It does have a hereditary component, so if one or both parents have ADD, their child has a higher chance of having it as well.
Often, adult ADD is diagnosed when the person faces a challenging task in college, the workplace or in a parenting situation.
What Causes Adult ADD?
ADD in children and adults is associated with a brain abnormality, especially the frontal lobes. It can be difficult to diagnose as there is not definitive test at this time. The physician must assess a person’s functioning, listen to family reports, look at medical history and symptoms, and perform psychological tests. Many times, a questionnaire can accurately determine
Adult ADD Treatment
In most cases, stimulant medication can be very effective for adult ADD. Some adults also benefit from psychotherapy and counseling, but everyone is different – if you suspect you or someone you know has adult ADD, see your physician. Only he or she can correctly diagnose the disorder.