Adult Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Adult ADD is characterized by difficulty maintaining attention and focus. Difficulties with working memory, self-regulation, planning and organizing tasks may also be present, which may cause difficulty remembering information, concentrating, following directions, and completing tasks. Patients with ADD may develop low self-esteem as a result of these difficulties. Nearly everyone experiences inattention at times, but those with ADD experience significant impairment as a result of their symptoms and may have disruptions in school, work, and relationships.
Symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder include the following:
  • Difficulty sustaining attention at work or play
  • Frequently does not pay close attention to details or makes careless mistakes at work, school or other tasks
  • Often has problems organizing chores or activities
  • Easily distracted by outside stimuli
  • Frequently does not follow through when given instructions or fails to complete work or school assignments, chores or other activities, even though he/she understands what is expected
  • Often becomes forgetful when performing routine chores
  • Frequently puts off or avoids tasks that require sustained attention
  • Often loses materials needed to complete tasks or activities
  • Appears not to be listening even when spoken to directly
More than 60% of children with ADHD develop adult ADHD, though sometimes the condition is not recognized until adulthood.
Adult ADD/ADHD can be treated with psychotherapy alone, medication alone, or a combination of therapy and medication.

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