Did you know that more and more adults are seeking help for problems related to the signs, symptoms and/or behavior of people with ADD/ADHD? ADD/ADHD is a bioneurological disorder that affects the prefrontal cortex of the brain and challenges areas of attention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. It’s been known for some time that attention deficit disorder (ADD); attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects a significant number of children.
It is estimated that anywhere between four to twelve percent of children in the United States suffer from ADD/ADHD. These symptoms continue into adulthood. It’s my estimation and that of my colleagues that many entrepreneurs show signs of ADD/ADHD as well. In addition, 85% of the people living with ADD/ADHD have yet to be diagnosed and sadly 25% of the people incarcerated have ADD/ADHD.
ADD/ADHD affects areas of organization, time management, and productivity. It is related to issues of procrastination, stress, and anxiety to name but a few. With these in mind, all the more reason to become acutely aware of these signs whether to recognize them in yourself; the possibility you may have ADD/ADHD or to be aware a family member, friend, classmate and/or colleague who could be having difficulties in their lives because of symptoms related to ADD/ADHD. Below are my Top Ten clues that may lead you to at least an evaluation for adult ADD/ADHD and/or to seek treatment.
- Are you easily sidetracked and become bored in relatively short amounts of time?
- Do you have difficulty getting started knowing exactly what you have to do?
- Do you have difficulty sitting still for short periods of time or in various situations?
- Do you have difficulty sustaining attention in social situations and are you accused of not paying attention?
- Are you unable to maintain long-term relationships
- Do you have difficulty remembering conversations and/or are you easily distracted when spoken to directly?
- Do you have difficulty following through on instructions, failing to do work and duties in the workplace or even in your own business?
- Is it difficult to organize tasks and activities and then to get them completed?
- Are you making careless mistakes at work or at home?
- Do you have a tendency to overpromise and then under deliver?
Does this sound like you or perhaps someone you know? You may wish to follow up with a visit to a doctor knowledgeable in the ADD/ADHD.
The symptoms above relate primarily to inattention. In the near future, I will give you the next top ten symptoms, signs and/or behaviors of hyperactivity and impulsivity.
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