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    Hi everyone,
    This is an interesting article that looks at how ADHD symptoms manifest themselves when you are an adult.
    It begins with this statement:
    About 4% of adults have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and many others have never been diagnosed. (About half of kids with ADHD still have it in adulthood.) Here are 15 signs of adult ADHD.
    And the rest of the article:
    You're restless

    Children with ADHD can be overly energetic, but adults may just feel edgy or restless.

    "Adults don’t show the more obvious signs such as running and jumping," says Colette de Marneffe, PhD, a clinical psychologist in Silver Spring, Md. "Hyperactivity presents more subtly in the form of restlessness."

    However, you may recall a rambunctious childhood. Dr. Wetzel had a patient who recalled spending a lot of time in the school hallways because "he couldn't sit still." It's a "classic story," he says.

    You have a child with ADHD

    ADHD appears to have a genetic component. When one member of the family has it, there's a 25% to 35% chance that someone else in the family does, too, according to the Attention Deficit Disorder Association.

    When a child is diagnosed with ADHD, some adults, who may have had the same symptoms when they were children, realize that they may have always had the condition without realizing it.

    You have relationship trouble

    A newly minted relationship is often exhilarating, but the novelty can wear off in time.

    "Oftentimes adults with ADHD really have a hard time with that transition," notes de Marneffe. "When the relationship becomes more stable and predictable, conflicts tend to emerge."

    Being easily distracted or inattentive—symptoms of ADHD—can also sabotage existing relationships with family, friends, and significant others who view their loved one's behavior as self-centered, Dr. Wetzel adds.

    You had academic problems as a child

    If you suspect you have ADHD as an adult, an early history of ADHD symptoms—difficulty sitting still, paying attention to the teacher, and focusing on your work, for example—can confirm the diagnosis.

    "What adult patients will tell you over and over and over again is that they had to work twice as hard as their peers to get half as much done in school," Dr. Wetzel says.

    You're a champion procrastinator

    Do you live deadline to deadline?

    "I can't tell you how many times a patient has told me, ‘I'm the king of procrastination,' or ‘I'm the queen of procrastination,' because they feel like no one else can put things off like they can," says Dr. Wetzel.

    It makes sense, he adds, because when people with ADHD are under the gun and anxious, that's when they can focus. Constant anxiety, however, can be very stressful.

    You're a thrill seeker

    People with ADHD are often drawn to activities that are stimulating. They may engage in risky behaviors, like fast driving, gambling, and even extramarital affairs.

    The key is to channel that desire for excitement and novelty into activities that don't jeopardize your work and family life, says de Marneffe. Parasailing or other high-adventure activities may be good outlets.

    You lose things all the time

    Is losing your cell phone, wallet, or keys part of your daily routine? People with ADHD frequently misplace common items.

    Dr. Wetzel describes ADHD as an "underpowered state of consciousness."

    If you set down your keys and you're not really paying attention, your brain doesn't lay down a memory of the event. "It's kind of like it never happened," he says.

    You have trouble on the job

    Everyone encounters some task he doesn't particularly enjoy, but most people are able to find a way to complete the boring aspects of their job, says de Marneffe. People with ADHD, however, have a hard time doing that.

    Jobs with a lot of repetition tend to be a poor fit, she observes. Choose work that engages you and fulfills your need for novelty and variability.

    You have a quick temper

    If you fly off the handle in a fit of anger or frustration one moment but are completely over it in the next, it might be a sign of ADHD.

    Because this type of irritability can also be a symptom of bipolar disorder, some people with ADHD can be misdiagnosed, says Dr. Wetzel. (However, you can also have both.)

    It's important to get a thorough evaluation and diagnosis.

    You have problems completing tasks

    Is your house cluttered with piles of laundry? Is your expense account still a work in progress? Failing to finish tasks can be a symptom of ADHD in adults.

    Dr. Wetzel, author of the e-book The Adult ADHD Handbook For Patients, Family & Friends ($3; amazon.com), finds the most successful ADHD patients tend to be entrepreneurs who recognize this shortcoming and surround themselves with people who will focus on the details, finish the paperwork, and handle the mundane portions of a task.

    You're impulsive

    If you blurt out whatever's on your mind without weighing the consequences, it might be a symptom of ADHD.

    And acting on an impulse, rather than thinking things through, can cause trouble with family and colleagues.

    Examples would include abruptly quitting a job, having unprotected sex, or impulse buying with little thought about the repercussions.

    You can't relax

    Your spouse wants to catch a movie, but unless it's the thriller you've been dying to see, you may get up several times or have random thoughts that distract you from the plot.

    Being calm requires a quiet mind, and that's tough for people with ADHD because "so many other things can take over their consciousness," Dr. Wetzel says. "People with ADHD will tell you it's almost impossible for them to meditate."

    You're easily distracted

    You're on a conference call, but your mind keeps wandering. Next thing you know, you've lost chunks of conversation.

    With ADHD, sustaining focus is a real problem and a core feature of the disorder. Unimportant things—from external noises and movement to daydreams—grab your attention.

    Move to a work space with fewer distractions or use white noise to block out other sounds in the surrounding environment.

    You're disorganized

    Here's the tip off: Your desk is a mountain of paper and you just wasted a half hour searching for an important legal document. Or maybe you failed to make appointments for your children to see the pediatrician, and the school wants their immunization reports—pronto.

    If you have ADHD, getting and staying organized is a challenge for you. Breaking organizational tasks into smaller steps may help, according to the National Resource Center on ADHD, in Landover, Md.


    The original article:
    15 Signs You May Have Adult ADHD

    Cheers!
    Tina
    Last edited by aparente001; August 8, 2017, 10:19 PM. Reason: Inserted text of article for one-click reading
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    Re: 15 Signs You May Have Adult ADHD

    And in case you don't know if you have Adult ADHD (LOL)
    Here's a six-question quick screening quiz:

    Link to original article: Quiz: Do You Have Adult ADHD?

    Here's the article:

    This questionnaire was developed in conjunction with the World Health Organization and the Workgroup on Adult ADHD, and is intended for people 18 and older.

    Scoring:
    Never: +0
    Rarely: +1 point
    Sometimes: +2 points
    Often: +3 points
    Very often: +4 points

    Quiz

    Staying organized
    How often do you have difficulty getting things in order when you have to do a task that requires organization?
    Starting tasks
    When you have a task that requires a lot of thought, how often do you avoid or delay getting started?
    Distractions
    How often are you distracted by activity or noise around you?
    Staying put
    How often do you leave your seat in meetings or other situations in which you are expected to remain seated?
    Feeling fidgety
    How often do you feel restless or fidgety?
    Waiting in line
    How often do you have difficulty waiting your turn in situations when turn taking is required?

    Finding help

    If you took this quiz and scored 11 points or more, you could have adult ADHD.

    If your inability to concentrate is causing significant stress in your life, be sure to talk to a physician, who can tell you for sure whether your symptoms are caused by ADHD.
    Last edited by aparente001; August 8, 2017, 10:34 PM. Reason: Inserted text of article for one-click reading
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      Re: 15 Signs You May Have Adult ADHD

      Originally posted by Tina View Post
      And in case you don't know if you have Adult ADHD (LOL)
      Here's a quiz:

      Quiz: Do You Have Adult ADHD?
      Thanks for the link Tina,

      Fun Quiz: Short I'm assuming to compensate for our attention span LOL
      it's a toss up between 20 and 24... You think I might have ADHD?

      one question creates chaos:How often do you leave your seat in meetings or other situations in which you are expected to remain seated?
      Because of the way I was raised I stay put so that scores a zero but although my tush is sitting in the chair my mind is going crazy waiting to get up.
      Gary
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      • #4
        Re: 15 Signs You May Have Adult ADHD

        Originally posted by GaryQ
        How often do you leave your seat in meetings or other situations in which you are expected to remain seated?
        I used to feel guilty about needing to get away from meetings when I was working, between the pressure of tic activity and influences of ADHD, but with recent awareness articles about adult ADHD, I now have no reservations about periodically either getting up, walking around or leaving the room if necessary.

        Have you ever tried fidget toys? In the old days we chewed on our eyeglasses or the erasers of our pencils..
        Steve
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        • #5
          Re: 15 Signs You May Have Adult ADHD

          Hi Gary,
          As I get older, I find my body (my back especially) won't let me sit too long without getting up.
          I actually announce to those that I'm meeting with, that I will have to get up every once in a while, for this reason.
          I always encourage others to do the same.
          Tushes in chairs is the new "bad thing" that we all suffer from
          Cheers!
          Tina
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            Re: 15 Signs You May Have Adult ADHD

            And Steve,
            There are SO MANY fidget toys on the market now, you'd think ADHD was a national epidemic.
            But, whatever works!
            Tina
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            • #7
              Re: 15 Signs You May Have Adult ADHD

              Originally posted by Steve View Post
              I used to feel guilty about needing to get away from meetings when I was working, between the pressure of tic activity and influences of ADHD, but with recent awareness articles about adult ADHD, I now have no reservations about periodically either getting up, walking around or leaving the room if necessary.

              Have you ever tried fidget toys? In the old days we chewed on our eyeglasses or the erasers of our pencils..
              You're older than me.... we chewed on the ends of our pens

              Actually I loved office meetings... all talk no work.
              "Don't want to work today? Call a meeting!"
              Gary
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              CRY and CRY again!"

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