Testing ADHD

How to recognise ADHD

If you are struggling with symptoms like inattention, being easily distracted and restless, and impulsivity, you might want to consider being tested for adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. ADHD is often thought of as a childhood condition that is “outgrown” by the time one goes through teenhood. For this reason, it is often overlooked in adults. However, ADHD can span a lifetime.

 

Adults with ADHD are easily distracted, struggling with poor planning and organizational abilities, and suffer mood fluctuations and fits of temper. They seek out excitement and risks in order to be better able to concentrate, they often use drugs and alcohol, and they are impulsive and restless. Furthermore, they almost always have one or more additional disorders, such as anxiety, depression, addiction, a sleep disorder, a bipolar disorder, or a personality disorder. All this results in problems with functioning at school, at work, and in relationships.

ADHD SYMPTOMS OF...
Inattention

Careless mistakes/Poor attention to detail

Difficulty sustaining attention

Difficulty listening when spoken to directly

Failure to follow through on tasks and instructions

Poor organization

Avoidance of tasks requiring sustained mental effort

Recurrent misplacement of things

Easily distracted (including unrelated thoughts)

Forgetfulness

Hyperactivity/Impulsivity

Fidgeting with or taping hands or feet, squirming in seat

Leaving seat in situations when remaining seated is expected

Feelings of restlessness

Difficulty engaging in quiet, leisurely activities

Being “on-the-go” or acting as if “driven by a motor”

Talking excessively

Blurting out answers

Difficulty waiting for one's turn

Interrupting or intruding on others

ADHD has different expressions

Not everyone suffering from ADHD is the same. In fact, ADHD can present itself in different forms. It can be mixed, predominantly inattentive, or predominantly hyperactive-impulsive. Because symptoms can change over time, the presentation may change over time as well.