ADD

What is Adult ADD and how is it different from childhood ADHD / ADD?

Attention Deficit Disorder is a collection of specific traits that reflects or affects a person (or child’s)  natural neurological nature

ADD or ADHD signSome Positive traits include spontaneity, creativity and the ability to lock onto and hyper focus on tasks of the child’s own choosing. However, there are also some traits that may present some potential problems. These include selective attention, easily distracted, impulsive and sometimes hyperactivity.  Your child may exhibit some of these positive or negative traits, not necessarily all of them. Depending on how these are perceived and treated, the specific combination of your child’s traits can work to either their  advantage or disadvantage.

Pretty much all children are impulsive, easily distracted, and inattentive some of the time, but ADD children are like this most of the time. 

Attention Deficit Disorder is not just a problem in children.  If you were diagnosed with childhood ADD/ADHD, chances are, you’ve carried at least some of the symptoms into adulthood. But even if you were never diagnosed with ADD/ADHD as a child, it doesn’t mean you can’t be affected by it as an adult. Research shows in general that one in 33 adults or 4% of the total adult population in the world suffer with Attention Deficit Disorder.

ADD poses a lot of challenges and understanding why your child behaves in a certain way, will help you meet these challenges.

 

 

Some traits readily seen in children diagnosed with ADD / ADHD:

Living with ADD as an Adult

ADD focusI was diagnosed with ADD when I was 35 years old.  I went to see my psychiatrist by referral due to my ongoing depression, and had no idea he was going to do anything other than listen to my sad stories and write a prescription for what I hoped was something to make the heavy stone I felt resting on my heart easier to bear.  He asked a few random questions about my home life, my marital status, my kids about my work, and of course how “I felt about all that”.

I did what I always did.  I rambled on.  I guess (like I always do)  I was trying to cram as much into my allotted hour as I could to paint the clearest picture of my life to him without leaving out any major or minor detail that could lead him down the wrong path of diagnosis.  I told him about all my successful  and unsuccessful jobs, even the jobs I tried out for only a few days before deciding to move on!  I told him about my horrible home life as a child, about my loss of love as a grown up, and how my life lead me down the path I eventually followed.  When I was done rambling an eerie quiet ascended over the room.

Now I never have been, or never will be uncomfortable with a quiet lull in a conversation, but this one felt… Continue reading

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