Saturday, February 24, 2007

Adult ADD / ADHD: Recognizing the Symptoms and Managing the Effects

Adult ADD / ADHD: Recognizing the Symptoms and Managing the Effects

What are the signs and symptoms of adult ADD / ADHD?

ADD / ADHD in adults can seriously impair work, finances, and relationships. Adults with ADD / ADHD may have the following symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity / impulsivity:
not remembering being told something,
"zoning out" in conversations,
being late or forgetting to show up when expected,
speaking without thinking,
pressured rapid-fire speech, seemingly random, and aimless hopping from one topic to the next,
perceived as aloof and arrogant, or tiresomely talkative and boorish,
compulsive joking, often about personal life history and feelings,
easily frustrated or bored,
leaving a mess,
procrastination (difficulty starting tasks),
incompletions (starting tasks, household projects, or book reading, but not completing them before new projects or new books are begun, leaving a never-ending to-do list),
underestimating the time needed to finish a task,
insecurity and self-esteem issues because of unmet high personal expectations, and
often a high achiever, even an overachiever, but with poor self-image because of beliefs that more could be accomplished if not for disorganization.

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