We all know a family member or colleague who can’t follow through on important tasks, never seems to listen, blurts out inappropriate comments in a meeting, or struggles to follow through on daily tasks.
While it’s normal for people to forget appointments, daydream during meetings, or act without thinking, inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity are also signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. ADHD makes it difficult for a person to inhibit their spontaneous responses, including everything from movement to speech to assertiveness.
Some Adults with ADHD may be constantly in motion, like driven by a motor and disrupting others around them. Other people with ADHD may sit quietly, with their attention miles away.
There are three primary characteristics of ADHD: Inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, though all three aren’t always prominent in one person.
Adults with ADHD may:
- Have trouble staying focused or get easily distracted
- Emotional regulation and distress tolerance
- Constantly feel like a motor drives you
- Relationship difficulties
- Higher rates of substance use
- Interrupt often or say the wrong thing at the wrong time
- Have frequent financial issues
- Higher rates of car accidents and tickets
- Struggle with maintaining employment
Whether or not you or a loved one’s symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are due to ADHD, they can cause problems if left untreated. Adults who can’t focus or control themselves find being in a relationship with others more challenging. These frustrations can, over time, lead to low self-esteem and friction for the whole family or negatively impact relationships in many of life’s domains.
Treatment can make a dramatic difference in your symptom management. With the proper support, you can get on track for success in all areas of life.
If you’re interested in learning more about ADD and ADHD therapy, contact us today for a free consultation. We would be happy to share how we can help you achieve success and grow.