7 Common ADHD Symptoms In Adults
Do you suspect someone having this disorder and wonder what the classic symptoms are? Do you know how to treat ADHD symptoms naturally? Most of us recognize the fact that ADHD is a mental health disorder that largely affects the part of the human brain responsible for our impulse control, organization and planning. My husband does! He is a classic case…and he ticks every box.
Classical Signs and Symptoms
I will be basically describing my husband’s ADHD symptoms, but you may know someone who is exactly the same, or you may relate to them yourself.
We often imagine children with ADHD running and jumping around.
Some of us even envy the fact that they never seem to run out of energy no matter how rowdy and fidgety they are.
When we think of symptoms of ADHD in adults, we cannot imagine them running around in their home or office. So what are the common signs if they are not running and screaming around?
It is because ADHD symptoms in adults manifests itself in the form of restlessness. You may see them sitting, not running, but their thoughts are definitely jumping from one place to another. Add to that their difficulty sitting still even when they really need to, such as during office meetings.
Another common sign of adult ADHD is the tendency to lose their temper easily. They are the type of people who find themselves becoming angry and they lash out on someone, but the next minute their anger disappears as if nothing has happened at all.
3. Inability to Focus
You may find a person with ADHD listening to a sports game over the radio inside the car. The score of the game has just been announced twice, but when you try to ask them about the score they can’t tell you. They make excuses about why they don’t know…this is one of the core symptoms of ADHD in adults…the difficulty in sustaining concentration. The inability to focus…their thoughts never seem to stop wandering.
4. Loves to Procrastinate
We all have the tendency to procrastinate, however someone with ADHD is often a procrastinator. They find themselves dragging themselves to their desk to start working. Once they know their deadline has arrived, this is the only time when they find themselves hurriedly having to work on a given task. My husband for example, will put something off to the very last minute and then as the final day or hour arrives he works non-stop until he almost screams with frustration…but he gets the job done…and well!
These are not absolutes of course…not everyone exhibits the same symptoms.
5. Frequently Forgets Important Things
Someone with ADHD would tend to have more than five sets of duplicate keys saying that they may need them ‘just in case’. Then they find themself having trouble remembering where they placed all these keys for safe keeping. They can on the other hand tell you exactly all the significant dates about those events which happened during a specific, historical event. My husband is a walking encyclopedia. However, they may not remember a special date that is very important next month.
6. Having Trouble Accomplishing Tasks
Do you know someone that has been given a task, but they forget what they were meant to do? For example, being sent down the street to buy some bread and milk and instead coming home with a newspaper and soda. My mother-in-law tells me she had to send her son (my husband) down the street and she would always have to send him back because he always forgot what he went to get. She laughs and says he would always forget his note!
7. Relaxing Is Impossible
An adult with ADHD may find meditating just too hard. They would like to but they often have difficulty achieving a quiet mind. It is because they easily get distracted even with the slightest movement or the softest sound.
Adult ADHD Treatments
If you or someone you know has ADHD, they can seek professional help if it is required. In serious cases this disorder will just continue to wreak havoc on a person’s career and personal life.
Hearing the term ADHD, often conjures up images in the mind of wild children being given extremely addictive medications to curb their wild behavior. This is not the case…and I wish children were not subjected to these treatments.
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