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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is often talked about as a condition in children, but it is also seen in adults. Spotting the symptoms of ADD in adults can be hard sometimes, as what seems like carelessness or poor time management can appear to be due to juggling many aspects of busy lives. The severity of the symptoms varies, but the symptoms that many adults with ADD exhibit include:

  • Impulsiveness

  • Difficulty knowing where to start with tasks

  • Difficulty seeing tasks through to the end

  • Poor time management

  • Difficulty focusing on what’s important

  • Talking a lot, and often straying away from ‘the point’

  • Low self-esteem

  • Mood swings

    It is important to identify if you do have ADD, to prevent any psychological conditions from developing along with it. These conditions can include:

  • Anxiety disorders

    When you have anxiety disorders you experience overwhelming worries, nervousness, and paranoia. Anxiety does not always come out as a result of ADD, but ADD and associated problems can increase feelings of anxiety. 

  • Mood disorders

    Severe depression and bipolar disorder can also be seen in people with ADD. Mood disorders are not necessarily results of ADD, however, ADD symptoms can make managing mood disorders quite difficult, without support and good strategies. 

  • Learning difficulties

    Often, a person with ADD will have trouble learning, largely due to hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention. Often there may be problems attending to important information, as well as finding it difficult to retrieve that information from memory. ADD affects what we call ‘executive functioning’ skills, which include planning, organizing, focusing, and persevering through task.

    If you feel you may be struggling to cope with adult ADD, please contact us and we will be able to help you identify where you need support. We can work together to help address the things that are becoming a problem in your life.