What is Adult ADHD?
Adult Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a chronic, neuro-biological condition that manifests itself with inattentiveness, difficulty getting work done, procrastination and organisational problems. Specifically adults with ADHD have persistent difficulties with following directions, remembering information, concentrating, organising tasks, completing work within a specified time frame, being on time for appointments, impulsive decision making, excruciating procrastination and restlessness.
It has been shown that much lower than normal dopamine levels in an ADHDers brain particularly impact that part of the brain most required for executive functions like planning, paying attention, impulse control, decision making and prioritisation.
Adults with the condition have significantly more problems than the average person with relationships, financial difficulties, legal problems including traffic violations, marital issues and substance and alcohol abuse.
Here is an irreverent explanation of ADHD!
People who haven’t come across ADHD before are often ask me what it is … exactly. They’ve heard of it sometimes with kids or the symptoms have been described and they think well isn’t everyone like that… a little bit.
Here is a fun take on describing ADHD. You will particularly find it amusing if you do ALL the things described and then some – because you have almost certainly got it!
Let me know what you think. Does it ring true either for yourself or someone close to you? Let me know about your experience. What is the most amusing characteristic you have.
Here is a less than formal, UNOFFICIAL assessment for ADHD!
Assessing adult for ADHD was previously thought to be notoriously tough. Now the tests have been standardised and rely on questionnaires and consultations with specialists. Here is the unofficial assessment. If you laugh or smile at everything you at least should get a formal diagnosis. Unless of course you are thinking about someone you know then you should drag them to one!
Let me know what you think by posting a comment below. Would love to hear from you. What was your score?!