Attention deficit disorder (ADD), but what is it?
Many studies show that it is a common illness that affects all kinds of people – children, teens, and adults. The symptoms of ADD start at a young age and persist and carried throughout adulthood, while other researchers say that the illness is noticed at an early age which changes over time through occurrences or incidents of events as they take place.
“Life can be a balancing act for any adult,” says Richard Vogel, LMFT, “but if you find yourself constantly late, disorganized, forgetful, and overwhelmed by your responsibilities, you may have ADD/ADHD. Attention deficit disorder affects many adults, and its wide variety of frustrating symptoms can hinder everything from your relationships to your career.”
What Is It Like To Have ADD?
In an interview, Sari Solden, LMFT, said, “It’s easy to fall into the trap of feeling like, “What’s wrong with me? I’m deficient. I need to fix it. Asking for help means something bad.” Those old stories are damaging.”
There are many debates on whether the syndrome is real or doesn’t exist. The continuous study of ADD leads many researchers to identify that individuals who exhibit this kind of syndrome have a hard time completing tasks that excite them. It is because they are hyperactive all the time. By the time they have an idea to act upon, they will suddenly switch to new thoughts, and never finish the first one they put their head-on.
Socially, persons with ADD have trouble maintaining a conversation for a lengthy period. They often change topics, fidget a lot, do some drum rolling, flickering hair, and sometimes they never seem interested in what the other person is telling.
Kathleen Smith, LPC, wrote in her article, “Signs of ADHD in adults can sometimes be more difficult to spot than in children. They might be less hyperactive than a child with the diagnosis, but deep down they are struggling with paying attention, staying on task, and warding off impulsive behaviors.”
According to some experts, these mini gestures are often their way to try and tell if the person conversing is paying attention to the individual with ADD. Meanwhile, some people misunderstand and think that these mini gestures mean nothing but disrespect or just apparently not paying attention to the person talking. It is perhaps a misunderstanding, cluelessness because actually the person with ADD hears you and understands you in his own way of thinking. People who have experienced this syndrome definitely say that it does exist.
ADD Can Be Diagnosed And Be Treated
It’s hard to say if a person has ADD. You can’t say that just because you have problems with focusing your attention or you’re hyperactive, you’re already categorized as having the disorder. If you want to be sure, you can consult your doctor.
If you turned out to have a positive diagnosis, you might want to hear some advice, considering that I, myself, have ADD
- Find a support group or a coach who can help you get straight on your track, to avoid and suppress the running thoughts of ideas and just act on the work you have started.
- Casual daydreaming is typically usual with ADD, dreaming about what you wish to have, future goals and perhaps things you would like to achieve. It ruins your progress as you tend to overthink and not accomplish something. Instead, practice focusing on short-term goals rather than long-term ones.
- Break the long-term task into small chunks so you will not get overwhelmed. Get the help you need. You can maybe hire someone who is willing to do some work for you, an assistant, secretary, house helper, whoever you need. It can help you finish what you are aiming for.
- Exercise. It may be out of the way, but doing exercises can help you improve your concentration to finish a job, task, plan or goal in a day.
ADD can be understood. It just depends on how badly you want to get rid of the syndrome. If this is stopping you from what you want in life, consider asking for help.