Forgetful - Where are the keys to the house and car, and where is the remote control for the TV? Are you unable to retain what people told you in a conversation?
Achievement - below potential such as poor grades or being unable to advance in your career.
Stuck in a rut - hard time moving ahead with life.
Time challenged - underestimating the time a task or project will take. Frequently late or rushing at the last minute because you have lost track of time.
Motivationally challenged - Are you a procrastinator? Are you stalled out or have difficulty starting a project or task?
Impulsivity - impulse buying followed by regret, repeatedly interrupting others during conversation, risky behavior while driving, using alcohol and substances.
Novelty seeking - easily bored, seeking "the shiny object" to avert boredom.
Distractibility - difficulty filtering out the extraneous sights, sounds, thoughts or other unimportant activities around you? Are you a day dreamer - does it get in the way of completing necessary or important daily tasks?
Scatter-brained - Does your work space, your office, your house, or inside your car look like chaos or "a bomb went off"?
Of all the mood and thought disorders, ADHD is by far the most genetically linked. 8-9% of children and 4-5% of adults will continue to have problems throughout life if the condition is untreated. Those with ADHD will frequently have comorbid mental health disorders such as anxiety or depression. It is not uncommon for these underlying disorders to significantly improve or even resolve once the primary disorder is effectively treated.
ADHD is not all bad. People with this disorder think quickly, can hyper-focus and get tasks done quicker. People may comment that he or she is their "go-to" person who can do the job of three people. Unfortunately, ADHD can be exhausting when one's brain is stuck in overdrive and unable to attenuate all of the input, which leads to fatigue, irritability and may have a negative effect on relationships.
The gold standard for treatment of ADHD is medication management. Many patients will benefit further as they learn behavioral coping strategies with the help of a qualified therapist.
When there are thoughts, impulses, or plans to harm oneself, or end one’s life, it is critical to get help now. For immediate help, Dial 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room, or call 988 for the Suicide and Crisis Hotline.