Your Questions About Adhd Symptoms In Adults

Daniel asks…

What are the symptoms in adults for ?

ADHD does anyone know any of the symptoms? And are these people hard to deal with?

barry jennings answers:

It depends. Symptom varies among children, adults, toddlers, preschool stage, etc. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV) divides the symptoms of ADHD into those of inattentiveness and those of hyperactivity and impulsivity.

To be diagnosed with ADHD, children should have at least 6 attention symptoms or 6 activity and impulsivity symptoms — to a degree beyond what would be expected for children their age.

The symptoms must be present for at least 6 months, observable in 2 or more settings, and not caused by another problem. The symptoms must be severe enough to cause significant difficulties. Some symptoms must be present before age 7.

Inattention symptoms:

Fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork
Difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play
Does not seem to listen when spoken to directly
Does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace
Difficulty organizing tasks and activities
Avoids or dislikes tasks that require sustained mental effort (such as schoolwork)
Often loses toys, assignments, pencils, books, or tools needed for tasks or activities
Easily distracted
Often forgetful in daily activities
Hyperactivity symptoms:

Fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat
Leaves seat when remaining seated is expected
Runs about or climbs in inappropriate situations
Difficulty playing quietly
Often “on the go,” acts as if “driven by a motor,” talks excessively
Impulsivity symptoms:

Blurts out answers before questions have been completed
Difficulty awaiting turn
Interrupts or intrudes on others (butts into conversations or games)

Lisa asks…

I think I’ve gotten ADD/ADHD. Help?

In my new school, I’ve been asked a lot if I’ve gotten adult ADD, (not because I’m hyper; adult ADD doesn’t do that.) And, now that I think about it, I actually might. I’ve looked up the symptoms on the net and found these:

-“zoning out” without realizing it, even in the middle of a conversation.
-extreme distractibility; wandering attention makes it hard to stay on track.
-difficulty paying attention or focusing, such as when reading or listening to others.
-struggling to complete tasks, even ones that seem simple.
-tendency to overlook details, leading to errors or incomplete work.
-poor listening skills; hard time remembering conversations and following directions.

The page is actually extremely interesting if you’d like to take a look:

http://helpguide.org/mental/adhd_add_adult_symptoms.htm

Anyways, I’ve gotten all of the bullet pointed symptoms. Absolutely all of them. I can give you loads of examples.

The following one happens every school day of my life. Not sometimes, every time.

So I’d be solving maths, right? I’d look at the question, write down half of the equation on my notebook (or whatever it is I’m solving) and suddenly stop and be like “Wait, what on earth am I doing?” Then I’d look back at the textbook and try to remember what on earth I’m doing, and what question I’m on. I’d repeat everything I did. I’d randomly stop and this happens oh so often. I’m aware of this but can’t really control it.

My short term memory and visual memory are extremely poor. My mom is aware of this, so often she’ll be like “Do me favor x. I want you to listen carefully, do me favor x. Did you get that? Favor x.”

So I’d head off to do as asked and just stop and say “She wanted me to do… God dammit! I can’t remember!”

I also cannot memorize directions. I’ve been going to my school for 6 years straight and, although it’s really close to my house, I haven’t the slightest idea of how to get there.

When people tell me stuff like “You’ve got to take the first left, then head up the flight of stairs and etc.” I get nervous while listening and ask them to draw me a map to look back at whenever I want to.

Another thing is that while I’m in the process of doing a certain something (even if I’m really interested/passionate about it), EVERY thing else is distracting.

In fact, like even as I’m writing this I’m staring at the mirror every now and then, then at the water in the water bottle next to me as it shakes while I type.

I would also like to add one last thing. This is not a placebo effect. It is not because a friend told me I might have ADD that I think I do. I knew I’ve gotten some sort of mental/psychological issue. It’s just that I couldn’t identify it.

So.. is there anything like an ADD test? If yes, how does it work? If not, how do people know they have ADD? Finally, do you think I have ADD?

Thanks in advance!
I’d also like to add that I very often skip words when I’m writing and I don’t realise it, even when I’m checking what I wrote. A mistake such as “I went school” (obviously that one there was on purpose) is just something I wouldn’t be able to notice if it were a mistake of my own.

Also, I just absolutely cannot do ANYTHING while listening to music. I can’t write, I can’t think, and processing something like 13×12 would take me longer than it should. I cannot read either.

barry jennings answers:

I can’t do anything while listening to music either. Anyways, if you aren’t sure if you have ADD or you think you do, go get tested. It sounds like you’re still in school, so i would go ask the school counselor. They should know where you can be tested and how to help.

Good luck!

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