One of the biggest misconceptions about ADD is that it only affects children. Long considered to be a childhood condition that is outgrown, some researchers are finding that many adults also suffer from the condition. As more and more children are diagnosed and parents get more up-to-date ADD information, many adults are discovering that they went undiagnosed as children and still suffer from the inhibiting symptoms.
Whether you think that you or your child may have ADD, the information you have regarding the symptoms must be correct. While the underlying problem is the same, children and adults display the symptoms of ADD differently.
Children suffering from ADD commonly are:
Overly fidgety and easily distracted
Excessive talkers and display impulsive behavior (they tend to not think before they speak)
Unable to pay attention or complete assigned tasks in school without constant redirection
These symptoms in children often lead to problems at school and at home due to their sometimes reckless behavior and inability to listen. Adults who suffer from ADD often display their symptoms differently and have trouble at work, in relationships, and have low self-esteem. Adult ADD symptoms include:
Trouble organizing things and following through with tasks
Forgetfulness and poor time management
Irritability, easy agitation
Children are often unaware of their symptoms and won't recognize that they have a problem, so if you suspect your child may suffer from ADD, it is important to talk to their teachers and your doctor to determine the cause of the problem.
Adults are much more likely to recognize their own behavioral problems and educate themselves with ADD information. Speak with your health-care provider to determine your condition and to discuss available treatments for you or your child.