Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of those disorders we associate with the unruly kid or day dreamers in school. In the past however, where ADHD wasn’t well known, many children went undiagnosed and have taken the disorder into their adults lives.
According to an article in the Mail & Guardian, five percent of adults have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and 90% of them are not diagnosed or aware of it
The symptoms of ADHD in adults are unique to each individual, and will often look different to that of a child. Do you struggle staying focused or have trouble concentrating when it comes to daily , mundane tasks? Do you find that when you get stuck into a project, you’ll often become oblivious to everything around you? Does life often feel chaotic and out of control? Are you disorganised and find yourself frequently forgetting a deadline or where you put your keys? Do you interrupt people when they are talking or act spontaneously without regard for the consequences? Do you struggle to control your anger or frustration – are you easily flustered, sensitive to criticism, or suffer with low self esteem? Do you find yourself to be highly energetic, getting bored easily, having trouble sitting still? Are racing thoughts and inner restlessness a norm and are you constantly craving excitement? If you answered yes to the majority of these (and of course these are just a few symptoms being mentioned), you may have ADHD.
If you’ve been diagnosed as an adult with ADHD and finally, understand why you’d finished raking the leaves, hammering in that loose tile on the roof and then finding a half prepped meal you’d started an hour ago, still waiting for you, the good news is, you’re a step closer to being in control. Seeking out professional help, getting organised, sticking with plans, and finishing what you started can begin the mental exercise of control. Learning to manage stress, eating right, getting enough sleep and exercise are all a part of managing ADHD.