What is Adult ADD?
Adult Attention-Deficit Disorder or Adult ADD is getting
much more attention now. In adults, ADD symptoms are similar to those seen
in children: inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. However, the symptoms
of hyperactivity tend to decrease with age, or they take the form of restlessness
or fidgetiness instead (such as the persistent pencil tapper or foot tapper).
Common symptoms associated with adult ADD include lack of focus, disorganization,
restlessness, difficulty finishing projects, and losing things. While these
symptoms are also very common among people without this condition, in those
with ADD, these symptoms are significant enough that they interfere with work
as well as with important interpersonal relationships. The good news is
that there are treatments available for this condition.
How do you know if you may have Adult ADD? The only way to make an accurate
diagnosis is through a complete, clinical evaluation by a trained healthcare
provider. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) has several
screening questions which may be helpful. Do you often have trouble wrapping
up the final details of a project, once the challenging parts have been done? Do you have difficulty getting things in order when you have to do a task
that requires organization? Do you have problems remembering appointments or
obligations? When you have a task that requires a lot of thought, do you avoid
or delay getting started? Do you fidget or squirm with your hands or your feet
when you have to sit down for a long time? Do you feel overly active and compelled
to do things, like you were driven by a motor? If your answers to these questions
are "more often than not", you may want to have this discussion with your physician.
Created: 11/29/2004  - Donnica Moore, M.D.