How do the Adult ADHD symptoms present?

 

Problems with Attention Regulation

  • Not being able to pay attention for a period of time, especially while reading, doing paperwork or working on things that you find boring
  • Being easily distracted by things around you – difficulty staying focused in noisy offices
  • Difficult focusing when reading
  • Frequently losing necessary things
  • Unable to pay close attention to details or making careless mistakes
  • Hyper focusing and being unable to refocus your attention on more important things, especially when involved in activities that you find stimulating
  • Difficulty prioritizing focus to the level of importance rather than interest
  • Forgetting to complete tasks even if they frequent activities
  • Poor listening skills
  • Tuning out while being spoken to

Problems with Hyperactivity

  • Fidgeting, finger drumming, leg shaking etc.
  • A feeling of internal restlessness
  • Feeling that your mind is racing or switching channels frequently
  • Unable to relax
  • Talking too much
  • Craving excitement and seeking out high risk activities
  • Trying to do too many things at once

Problems with Impulsivity

  • Impulsive spending
  • Talking at inappropriate times
  • Interrupting or blurting out things
  • Making impulsive decisions
  • Speaking without thinking – blurting out things that are hurtful or rude
  • Being easily bored
  • Being reckless without considering consequences

Problems with Executive Functioning

  • Difficulty prioritizing tasks
  • Disorganization – messy home, office desk and car
  • Procrastination
  • Trouble starting and finishing projects
  • Difficulty with time management – often over or underestimate time required
  • Difficulty with planning
  • Unable to consistently use hindsight and forethought when making decisions
  • Feelings of under achievement
  • Starting numerous projects but not completing them
  • Delegation of organization duties to partners

Difficulty Regulating Emotions

  • Reacting emotionally to a greater degree than others
  • Emotional outbursts
  • Impatience
  • Irritable
  • Difficulty staying motivated
  • Anger may fade quickly or remain longer than normal
  • Hypersensitive to criticism
  • Low tolerance for frustration
  • Moods swings
  • Temper outbursts