Information gleaned from the Annals of Counseling Psychology
Let’s face it. It’s easy for anyone to become forgetful, pre-occupied or distracted. However, for adults with ADHD, their impaired, erratic attention impacts their life in many ways that become dysfunctional and impair their quality of life. Frustrations surface at work and conflicts rear their ugly head in their relationship, and home lives. Signs to look for include:
The ADHD sufferer’s restlessness makes it difficult for them to relax. If you are an ADHD sufferer, you may find that a quiet mind eludes you and you too frequently have the impulse to move around; for example, it may be difficult staying seated and concentrating during a lecture or a movie.
Difficulty Remembering or Trouble Concentrating
If you’re too easily distracted or have difficulty focusing on simple tasks, particularly the necessary ones you don’t like, this is a sign you may have ADHD. This difficulty concentrating may cause several issues at work such as impaired attention in meetings, or relationship problems because you don’t remember details of conversations with your partner.
Inability to Organize Tasks or Possessions
Your career, home maintenance, timely bill payment, caring for your children or your elderly parents can become unmanageable if you have ADHD. Your lack of organization can cause unnecessary troubles for you, such as misplacing things at work or utilities being shut off because of unpaid bills.
Putting Things Off
Often running late, not making deadlines at work, and piling up laundry are symptoms of procrastination indicating you may have ADHD. ADHD sufferers tend to procrastinate because they are distractible, unfocused, and are frustrated with mundane tasks.
Agitation and Irritability
Angry outbursts can cause trouble with others. Often an ADHD sufferer gets over the confrontation quickly. However, his friend or loved one may be still reeling from the argument and this can be a sign of ADHD.
Dangerous Risk Taking and Acting before Thinking
ADHD tends to trigger risk-taking and impulsivity. One might purchase something too expensive without thinking, have dangerous, unprotected sex, or hurt others by blurting out comments before thinking about the consequences. Impulsive behavior, without considering possible consequences is a sign of ADHD.
ADHD is oftentimes self-diagnosable, however, it’s important to consult with a mental health professional, such as a counseling, clinical psychologist. Some of the ADHD symptoms, such as impaired concentration and dangerous risk taking can also be associated with atypical depression, bipolar disorder and other psychological and mental health problems.
If you think you may have ADHD, live in the Cary, Il area and would like to consult with a licensed and experienced clinical, counseling psychologist, contact my office today so we can schedule an initial consultation.
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