How do you REALLY know it’s ADHD???

I was reading the comments that people made regarding this article ADHD can destroy a marriage — here’s how to help http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/38579912/ns/today-books/#.T38S1pl5Grk and it saddens me how people with and without ADHD truly don’t understand the facts behind ADHD. Yes majority of the symptoms of ADHD everyone has experienced them at different times of their lives or maybe some people every day. The main key with ADHD is does the symptoms affect you in more than one area of your life? Does ADHD affect your work, school, marriage, how you raise your kids, friendships, how you relate to family, how you drive… etc. In my case my ADHD affects me at work, it affected my relationships, married and divorced twice, (will blog on that another time), it affects the way I raise my kids, it affects the way I communicate with people, it took me forever to finish school (read more about that journey https://dosesofhope.wordpress.com/2012/03/11/me-school-adhd/#comments) and the list goes on. Once people grasp the concept of how ADHD affects someone and they take their focus off of how everyone experiences the symptoms at some point in their lives we all will understand ADHD better.

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Common Behaviors and Problems of Adults with ADHD

  • Chronic lateness and forgetfulness.
  • Anxiety.
  • Low self-esteem.
  • Employment problems.
  • Difficulty controlling anger.
  • Impulsiveness.
  • Substance abuse or addiction.
  • Poor organization skills.
  • Procrastination.
  • Low frustration tolerance.
  • Chronic boredom.
  • Difficulty concentrating when reading.
  • Mood swings.
  • Depression.
  • Relationship problems.

These behaviors may be mild to severe and can vary with the situation or be present all of the time. Some adults with ADHD may be able to concentrate if they are interested in or excited about what they are doing. Others may have difficulty focusing under any circumstances. Some adults look for stimulation, but others avoid it. In addition, adults with ADHD can be withdrawn and antisocial, or they can be overly social and unable to be alone.

School-Related Impairments linked to Adults with ADHD may have:

  • Had a history of poorer educational performance and were underachievers.
  • Had more frequent school disciplinary actions.
  • Had to repeat a grade.
  • Dropped out of school more often.

Work-Related Impairments linked to Adults with ADHD are more likely to:

  • Change employers frequently and perform poorly.
  • Have had fewer occupational achievements, independent of psychiatric status.

Social-Related Impairments linked to Adults with ADHD are more likely to:

  • Have a lower socioeconomic status.
  • Have driving violations such as: be cited for speeding; have their licenses suspended; be involved in more crashes; rate themselves and others as using poorer driving habits.
  • Use illegal substances more frequently.
  • Smoke cigarettes.
  • Self-report psychological maladjustment more often.

Relationship-Related Impairments linked to Adults w/ADHD are more likely to:

  • Have more marital problems and multiple marriages.
  • Have higher incidence of separation and divorce.
  • Symptoms of inattention in children:
  • Doesn’t pay attention to details
  • Makes careless mistakes
  • Has trouble staying focused; is easily distracted
  • Appears not to listen when spoken to
  • Has difficulty remembering things and following instructions
  • Has trouble staying organized, planning ahead, and finishing projects
  • Gets bored with a task before it’s completed
  • Frequently loses or misplaces homework, books, toys, or other items

Common Behaviors and Problems of Children with ADHD

Symptoms of inattention in children:

  • Doesn’t pay attention to details
  • Makes careless mistakes
  • Has trouble staying focused; is easily distracted
  • Appears not to listen when spoken to
  • Has difficulty remembering things and following instructions
  • Has trouble staying organized, planning ahead, and finishing projects
  • Gets bored with a task before it’s completed
  • Frequently loses or misplaces homework, books, toys, or other items

Symptoms of hyperactivity in children:

  • Constantly fidgets and squirms
  • Often leaves his or her seat in situations where sitting quietly is expected
  • Moves around constantly, often runs or climbs inappropriately
  • Talks excessively
  • Has difficulty playing quietly or relaxing
  • Is always “on the go,” as if driven by a motor
  • May have a quick temper or a “short fuse”

Symptoms of impulsivity in children:

  • Acts without thinking
  • Blurts out answers in class without waiting to be called on or hear the whole question
  • Can’t wait for his or her turn in line or in games
  • Says the wrong thing at the wrong time
  • Often interrupts others
  • Intrudes on other people’s conversations or games
  • Inability to keep powerful emotions in check, resulting in angry outbursts or temper tantrums
  • Guesses, rather than taking time to solve a problem

http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/guide/adhd-adults

http://www.adhdfdn.org/ADHD.html

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jessie on April 13, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    These symptoms sound like 60% of my students!!!!!!!

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