Is it ADHD, or are we all just overloaded?
By: Julie Peirano (cheatsheet.com) – ADHD is typically associated with overactive children who can’t seem to quit bouncing off the walls, but it affects more than just kids. It’s not uncommon for ADHD to be misdiagnosed, or even ignored all together, in adults as some symptoms may be attributed to other common issues such as stress at work. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ADHD is typically first diagnosed in childhood, and often lasts into adulthood. It’s more common than you might think, too. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) estimates 2.5% of adults to have ADHD.
According to the CDC, ADHD presents itself in one of three ways: predominantly inattentive, hyperactive/impulsive, or combined. For a doctor to make a diagnosis, at least five of the symptoms (per classification) must be present in an adult. If you weren’t diagnosed as a child, but often struggle with the following challenges, it’s time to have a discussion with your doctor. Here are five signs you have adult ADHD.
1. Inability to pay attention
Many people find it difficult to concentrate every now and again, but if you constantly struggle with remaining attentive, you may have ADHD. It’s not surprising that a continual lack of focus, a disregard for details, and an inability to follow through with projects or tasks will all negatively impact your life. From daily responsibilities at work to expectations within personal relationships, ADHD, when undiagnosed, often puts strain on several areas of a person’s life.
2. Frequently losing things
Misplacing your car keys is one thing, but constantly losing items, both menial and important, is beyond irritating. In addition to being an inconvenient and frustrating annoyance, forgetting details of where you’ve left something could be a sign that you have predominantly inattentive ADHD, according to The National Resource on ADHD (CHADD).
It may sound counter-intuitive that a person with ADHD would be hyper-focused, but this can sometimes be the case. What makes this type of heightened focus negative, though, is that someone can become so engrossed in one thing, they totally ignore everything else around them. As mentioned in a Healthline article, being so focused can make it easy to lose…
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