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
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