It is commonly believed that ADD is outgrown with age. But, to some people, it comes as a surprise that they are ADD even in their adult years. Normally, they come to realize it when they go to a specialist for treatment of their ADD child. While trying to understand the symptoms of their child they realize that they are also having those same symptoms.
Earlier they did not realize that they were suffering from ADD because in their young years society, in general, was not much aware of this syndrome. It is only recently that people have started taking more interest in ADD in their children and try to get them cured of it. Adults with ADD have developed, over the years, several coping behaviors to deal with the problem.
How can an adult realize that he is suffering from ADD? There are some signs and symptoms through which ADD in an adult can be diagnosed. Following is a list of some such symptoms and behavior patterns –
Easily Distracted – The attention span of ADD adults is very short. They are very easily distracted unless they are very much interested in the subject at hand. People are generally irritated with these people as they do not listen attentively during conversations and their minds wander off the topic being discussed. To the other person, ADD adults appear disinterested and bored. They have difficulty in understanding directions. They also tend to misplace things frequently.
Restlessness – People with ADD suffer from a feeling of restlessness. They find it difficult to sit at one place for long and they keep on fidgeting and moving their legs and arms, if they are required to do so.
Not Organized – ADD adults are poorly organized. They are not able to stick to schedules, they are mostly late and they frequently misplace things. They often start some work or project that they leave unfinished and do not follow through to completion. They are easily distracted and bored. But, they can also be intensely focused on some activity or task in which they are really interested. In such cases they can devote long hours of concentrated activity.
Impulsive – These people often speak without thinking. They get angry quickly and always appear to be on short fuse.
Low Self Esteem – ADD adults often have negative self-images, which might be the result of broken promises, unfinished tasks or adverse comments of others. They mostly suffer from a feeling of anxiety and uncertainty. Even though some of these people are high achievers in their fields, still they suffer from a feeling that they are not good at anything.
Seek Stimulation – Such people are often on the lookout for high stimulus activities like gambling, paragliding or risky projects at their workplace. Such people easily get embroiled in hot arguments with others and waste lots of precious time in fruitless activities.
But, to put things in the right perspective, it is important to realize that many great people, who have excelled in their fields and many times, in more than one field, were ADD. Leonardo Da Vinci, Einstein and Churchill were all ADD adults.
Many of the ADD people become high achievers in their fields of interest because of their ability to get intensely focused on something that holds their interest. Many high achievers in medicine, law, art, science, etc., suffer from ADD.
The ADD adults are mostly very compassionate, though they are often misjudged as aloof and cold due to the fact they are not very sociable and talkative. They are generally very sensitive and brilliantly intelligent.
The ADD adults who are facing negativity in their lives and feel that they are not able to perform to the level they are capable of, should seek expert help to fully realize their potential.