Think you have ADHD?
You love to live in the moment. That’s much more interesting than planning or organising – which is boring. You’re easily bored and consequently often leave activities (especially the boring ones) to the last minute.
Your racing mind skirts over numerous subjects as you crave stimulation. This, with your impatience, can challenge you when making realistic goals. You’re often over-committing, multi-tasking and getting off track which inhibits the completion of your projects.
It’s easy to get distracted or side-tracked by noise, people walking past or email alerts. This side-lines your focus and promotes little mistakes.
Your ADHD brain has to work much harder to control and filter attention, behaviours, emotions that come naturally to others of the same age. This is the nature of the "disordered" part. It commonly results in significant fatigue by the end of the day.
You’re constantly tired, yet often have difficulty getting to, or staying, asleep. You have headaches and allergies but succumb to food/sugar cravings and habitually bite your nails or cuticles.
Your child may have been diagnosed with ADHD and you’re wondering if you’re one of the 25 per cent of parents who also has it.
It was not so long ago that it was commonly considered "an excuse for naughty kids" or because of "bad parenting".
For a lot of you today, that's the environment that you were brought up in. So it's little surprise that your parents didn't get you assessed or get the right adjustments in place to understand and support you.
Over the decades the understanding of ADHD has changed dramatically.
Now, with years of excellent research and many destigmatisation and education campaigns, by organisations like ours, the general population is beginning to understand that ADHD:
You're an individual and in the same way, there are differences within others who have ADHD. Each person is likely to vary in the type, number, frequency and severity of their ADHD behaviour/symptoms but there are some definite commonalities.
We now know having ADHD has many benefits as well.
Despite this ADHD frequently remains unrecognised or misdiagnosed in adults.
Are you constantly faced with these challenges?
Do you often experience these behaviours that often coexist with adhd in adults?
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