Most people have heard of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Oftentimes it’s used to describe hyperactive children who can’t sit still or have trouble paying attention. But ADHD can occur in adults, too. According to WebMD, about 4 to 5-percent of adults suffer from this disorder. The problem is, it often goes undiagnosed. If ADHD goes undiagnosed, it also goes untreated. Healthline warns that untreated ADHD can cause mental and physical problems that will put a strain on relationships and create difficulties in everyday life, so it’s very important to be able to recognize the signs of ADHD in order to get the necessary treatment.
If you’re wondering whether you are someone who might have ADHD, ask yourself some of the following questions. Are you often late for work or social functions without meaning to be? Did you zone out in that last work meeting (it’s OK, I did too)? Do you constantly find yourself procrastinating when you have a project or task to tackle? Do you daydream a lot and lose track of time? Do you make silly little mistakes constantly, lose things, have little patience, or blurt things out haphazardly?
If you answered yes to most or all of the questions above, you’re not alone. Actually, you’re among 8 to 9 million American adults who might have adult ADHD. But how can you differentiate between procrastinating, losing things, and being late from time to time …because let’s face it, everyone does and is…from actually having adult ADHD?
There are two crucial questions to ask yourself concerning the list above that can help determine whether you have adult ADHD:
1. How frequently do you experience them?
2. And, do these symptoms impact your daily life—the major things like work, school, relationships, parenting, and finances?
According to Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D., a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina, and author of the book, Taking Charge of Adult ADHD, “If you check off that you do these [symptoms] ‘rarely’ or ‘occasionally’ you probably don’t have ADHD…but if it’s ‘often’ or ‘very often’, you may have [adult] ADHD.”
If your answers to the above questions like in the “often” or “very often” categories, take that as a cue and consider being evaluated for adult ADHD by your doctor. For the majority of adults, small changes throughout your day—such as using organizational and time management tools and prescription medications—can help ADHD adults function more effectively