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 day dream 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