Think you're an adult with 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.
If this is sounding all too familiar try this self-screening tool, that was developed by the World Health Organisation.
It's not an assessment, and does not give you a diagnosis, but it can give you some insight into whether a proper assessment could be useful or necessary.
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