You glance at the clock in the living room and gasp as you realize you are already running 10 minutes late. You are pretty much ready. Just grab your keys and go. Sounds easy enough, except you can’t remember where you left your keys. You check your purse first, which would be the most logical place to have left them. Unfortunately, you don’t always leave things in the most logical places. You look by the door, under the bed, and near the couch. You get so desperate you even look in the freezer. Unfortunately, this is a typical morning in the life of an adult struggling with Adult Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).
Does this sound like something that you struggle with? Have you ever been unable to remember the due date of that very important report at work? Do you ever walk into the living room set on sending an important email but forget by the time you get to your computer what you wanted to do? All of these and more are common experiences of persons suffering from ADD. To be diagnosed with Adult Attention Deficit Disorder, you have to have difficulties beyond mere forgetfulness. Your struggles have to cause significant impairment in functioning. More specifically, the diagnostic criteria include:
Five or more of the following symptoms present for at least 6 months,interfere with general functioning, and were present in some form beforeage 12 years old
- Lacks close attention to detail and/or make careless mistakes
- Trouble maintaining attention
- Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly
- Does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish work
- Trouble organizing around task completion
- Avoidance of tasks requiring long mental effort
- Looses things necessary for daily functioning or important tasks
- Easily distracted
The most frustrating part of ADD as an adult is that your forgetfulness and distractibility interfere with your ability to do everyday, important tasks. You may have found ways most of your life to function effectively without mental health treatment. However, it is likely that you are finding as you move up the corporate ladder or your family grows that your symptoms are more and more difficult to manage. Psychiatric can be helpful, but not everyone wants to or feels comfortable taking medication. There are techniques and tools you can learn in order to help manage more effectively with or without a prescription. Take the screening below to see if you could benefit from treatment to address problems with attention and concentration:
Want help in managing your attention and concentration difficulties or other symptoms of Adult ADD? Schedule an appointment for therapy today.