How To Tell If You Have Attention Deficit Disorder
The lingering question after digesting a bunch of information about ADD is usually, “Do I have ADD?” If you’re asking us, the simple answer is, we don’t know. What has led you to believe that you might have ADD in the first place? Do the symptoms listed on some of the other pages resonate with things you have been feeling or dealing with since childhood? Has something that made you wonder, “do I have ADD” in the past crept back into your life and caused problems for you at work? It is possible that you went undiagnosed.
One of the most prevalent reasons that a child with ADD can go undiagnosed is that they are able to perform at a high level academically without having to concentrate much. Many people with ADD are intellectually gifted, and can get through high school without even studying much. For those people, the question of whether or not they have ADD is often met with a resounding, “no, of course not, look how well you’ve done in school.”
School, however, is not the only forum in which ADD can cause trouble for people. This is one of several reasons that ADD goes undiagnosed until folks get out into the workforce. Another reason is that many people don’t display as many outward signs of hyperactivity. There are those who drum incessantly at their desks, and there are those who quietly daydream and don’t really show the overt signs. For those people, the question “do I have ADD” is met with “no, of course you don’t. You’re not hyper at all.” Hyperactivity, however, is not limited to physical hyperactivity, but also includes mental hyperactivity.
Another factor when considering the fact that you may have ADHD is whether (and this can be tough) you have been asked to “act your own age,” or if you personally feel that you regularly act in a way that is more suitable to someone much more your junior. One of the determining criteria in an ADD diagnosis is whether or not the behavior displayed is appropriate for the person’s age. If you have a group of close friends who mention you and ADD together regularly in conversation, you should probably look into it.
There are a number of indicators that point to ADD. Here are a few of them:
- Finding it hard to get organized
- Risky behaviors
- Rocky marriage or dating relationship
- Getting sidetracked easily
- Trouble listening
- Inability to sit still or relax
- Overwhelmed easily when starting projects
- Problems with punctuality
- Easily angered / short temper
- Ineffective prioritization
If you’ve read through these descriptions and you’re still wondering if you have ADHD, it is worth taking a look at our post about ADHD symptoms. We also have a Resources page where we have links posted to some of the highest-rated materials on ADD. If you are interested in the potential treatment of ADD, we have some great information about that on our site as well. It covers medication, therapy, diet, exercise, and other less common treatments.
How did you know that you had ADD? Let us know by leaving a comment below!