Just what is adult ADD?

ADD stands for Adult Attention Deficit Disorder.

It is a disorder of the nervous system characterized by difficulties with as attention, planning, concentration, managing time and tasks, maintaining focus, and making thoughtful decisions.

ADD is not the inability to focus. It is an inabilty to regulate focus. So if you have ADD you may have difficulty focusing on some tasks, but you will also sometimes have difficulty not focusing, this is called hyperfocusing. You may ask, what is wrong with hyperfocusing? The problem with over focusing is that you lose track of time to the degree that many other tasks do not get done. It also can create a major time management issue.

When someone with ADD is interested in a topic, there focus shoots sky high, that is until they get bored. This is why it is common for people with ADD to have alot of unfinished projects. Or unfinished books. It is not uncommon for some with ADD to be reading several books at the same time, so when they start losing interest they switch books and on and on.

It is even worse if you are not interested in a topic at all. Then getting started and staying with the task can be very difficult.

These are some of the problem areas:

* screening out distractions
* starting and completing tasks

* remembering tasks and plans
* organizing information and belongings
* being on time
* prioritizing
* losing focus by being distracted but interesting tasks or topics
* completing obligations on time

There are two major areas where ADD impacts your life.

* Regulating Focus: This will create having extreme to moderate trouble with concentration. Trouble following conversations, "zoning out" without realizing it. Also blurting out and interupting alot because you mind is flying with ideas. Finishing tasks might feel impossible, and you might have several tasks started at once without the ability to continue. Of course getting easily distracted or forgetful, leading to errors or incomplete work.

* Organization: Keeping organization. Keeping things organized at home and work can be an enormous challenge. Areas of your home and/or work space can be get cluttered and messy. Usually it is not your whole home or work space usually it is select areas.

Underestimate the time it takes to complete tasks or having trouble with procrastination is another is with organizing This can also lead to difficulties making completing large projects very difficult. Adults with ADD often also continually forget or lose things..

 

 

For More Detailed Information

Barry Herbach, LCSW

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