Attention deficiency is a condition long associated with children. Statistics have, however, reveal that 60% of these cases are carried into adulthood. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficiency Disorder (ADD) display some varied symptoms in adults as compared to children. As an example, rather than becoming hyperactive, adults suffering from any one of these conditions usually tend to be restlessness.
Other classic symptoms of adult ADD include the inability to follow instructions, difficulty in remembering information, concentrating, carrying out duties and completing assignments within the allocated time. These symptoms vary from mild to severe from one individual to the other or can even vary according to the situation at hand.
For mild cases, patients may achieve higher concentration levels depending on the interest or excitement elicited by an activity. For severe cases, patients have a hard time concentrating irrespective of the circumstances. In an effort to deal with the symptoms, some people take stimulants while others avoid the tasks all together. Some adults become very social and never want to be alone while others become antisocial and withdrawn. These victims are in most cases misunderstood by their peers who tend to avoid them because they do not understand their character. Sometimes they do not even realize that they are suffering from a treatable condition and end up suffering in silence.
Adult ADHD symptoms should not be ignored as if left unattended they can develop into a full blown depression. Adults suffering from ADHD may have a history of poor academic performance and most likely had to repeat a grade or even drop out of school. They may also have experienced disciplinary issues. Other common adult ADD ADHD symptoms include:
- Inability to organize duties in a logical manner
- Difficulty in paying attention to details resulting in careless mistakes in every other activity
- Easily distracted from a major activity by trivial occurrences that would normally be easy to ignore
- Inability to give undivided attention to a particular task for a period of time
- Forgetfulness in the normal activities leading to missed appointments and obligations
- Procrastinating activities time and again and finally the task may end up not being carried out at all
- Getting impatient easily which may be displayed as irritation or anger every time a delay is caused
- A feeling of restlessness for no apparent reason
- Misplacing things regularly at home and at work
- Inability to keep track of time leading to poor time management