ADHD Basics

I find it very frustrating when I tell people that I have ADHD and they look at me like I’m telling them I’m a fire breathing unicorn. Seriously, people don’t believe adults have ADHD. What people turn 18 and poof all those symptoms are gone? And many people don’t a female can have it. So, on 2 fronts I find that people do not understand. Adult ADHD looks different then when we were kids and females present differently then males. It can be hard to fight the symptoms but I find it harder to get people to be open minded about it.

ADHD affects from 2%-6% of adults, afflicting men and women in equal numbers.

So, what does ADHD mean? This is complex to answer. Just like every mental illness, each person is unique and their symptoms will be as unique as they are. But there are some broad strokes. Not everyone has the following list of things, but this is a place for us to start with our discussion.

Some Common Traits

  • Low frustration tolerance
  • Frequent mood swings
  • Hot temper
  • Trouble coping with stress
  • Low self esteem
  • Poor memory
  • Difficulty envisioning the future
  • Lying? (I’ll do a few posts specific to this one)


  • Often makes careless mistakes or pays inadequate attention to detail
  • Disorganization and problems prioritizing
  • Poor time management skills
  • Poor planning
  • Trouble multitasking
  • Problems following through and completing tasks
  • Problems focusing on a task
  • Trouble focusing during work or leisure activities
  • Does not appear to be listening when spoken to directly
  • Is often unable to complete directions, work tasks, or chores
  • Frequently has trouble organizing a task or activity
  • Has a tendency to avoid, dislike, or resist engaging in activities that require sustained attention
  • Often loses things that are necessary to complete tasks or activities
  • Easily distracted by extraneous or unrelated stimuli
  • Often forgetful
  • Difficult time transitioning from one task to another (not because of loosing track of time)


  • Impulsiveness (acting before thinking)
  • Frequently fidgety or moves hands or feet
  • Frequently has trouble remaining seated
  • Excessive activity or restlessness
  • Has a tendency to feel restless
  • Has difficulty participating in leisure activities quietly
  • Performs multiple activities at once
  • Excessive talking
  • Often interrupts others talking
  • Trouble waiting his or her turn
  • Frequently intrudes on others

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Posted on September 8, 2016, in mental health and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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