6 Ways to Tell if You Are Suffering From ADD or ADHD
The overwhelming stresses of life can be difficult for anyone, but for a person suffering from attention deficit disorder, it is much more intense. Children and adults can be affected by this disorder; they may find it challenging to juggle the pressures their life throws at them.
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According to the National Institute of Mental Health “attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.”
An individual suffering from this disorder may be impulsive, disorganized and have trouble sustaining their focus.
Keep reading to find out if you are suffering from ADD or ADHD.
1. You have trouble concentrating and staying focused- Trouble concentrating is a key sign of ADD and ADHD. It’s hard for you to stay focused, so you wind up procrastinating and putting off things for a later date. But when you are under pressure and anxious, you find yourself more focused and work hard to get things done.
2. You tend to forget things easily- What’s todays date? Where did my cell phone go? I can’t find my keys. If you find yourself losing and forgetting things frequently you may be suffering from this condition. The problem is that when you put things down, you’re not paying full attention so your brain does not remember the event.
3. You tend to act before you think- Do you get angry easily and get over it quickly? Maybe you struggle with acting before you think; you say whatever is on your mind without realizing the consequences.
4. It’s hard for you to manage your emotions- Individuals suffering from ADD or ADHD have more intense emotions and may find it difficult to control them. You may have trouble calming down when angry; take offense to the slightest criticism; or worry way too much about the small things.
5. You get restless- If you find yourself restless and bored easily this may be a sign you have ADD or ADHD. Children suffering from this condition are usually extremely energetic, while adults usually find themselves feeling edgy and restless.
6. Hyperfocus- While many individuals with ADD or ADHD have trouble concentrating, they may also experience hyperfocus – when a person is so focused on something that they can completely ignore everything else around them. This may result in losing track of time.