DO I SUFFER FROM ADD OR ADHD AND HOW CAN I GET HELP?
Attention describes that part of the mind that locks onto internal or external data and stimuli. Depending on the environment and the task a person is trying to engage with, a wide focus of attention may be helpful or narrow focus of attention may be necessary . Many people have the ability to operate with a wide focus of attention, perhaps when trying to abstractly problem solve or are in a creative mode trying to connect different ideas and concepts and will experience their mind in this instance in a fluid and fast moving way whereby they are able to grasp and latch onto thoughts and concepts, move rapidly onto connected ideas, make connections between different data sets, see patterns and will generally experience a flow of thoughts feelings and ideas.
Many people will also experience times when they have to be very focused on a specific task and are able to solely focus on this task to the exclusion of all other distractions and incoming stimuli. The ability to do this is important in today’s age when at some point most of us will be required to sit still, perhaps to focus attention on new material in an educational setting, or in a situation where there is a need to work through a task in a job setting or simply organise a 21st Century demanding and active life.
Some individuals are unable to enter this more focused mode and always experience their minds as on the go, fast moving and jumping from topic to topic. What we are speaking about is Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (adult ADHD), a related condition where not only is there an inability to focus attention but there are also impulsive and hyperactive symptoms. Adults with these disorders may feel as though they are driven by a motor, often restless, often distracted, often starting a task but not finishing it. They start with an idea but are often unable to seeing it through and are invariably disorganised. Some adults with ADD/ADHD might also find themselves making rash decisions because it is too much effort to concentrate, focus and think things through in detail so will take a hit and miss approach, even in a situation where important decisions need to be made.
ADD AND ADHD SYMPTOMS CHECKLIST – ADHD PSYCHIATRISTS
Diagnosing Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Hyperactivity Disorder can be difficult. As with most psychological conditions however, there are certain symptoms that remain common among most cases and could indicate a professional consultation is warranted.
Typically ADD / ADHD symptoms include:
-Trouble Concentrating or Following Details
-Not Being Able to Focus when Others are Speaking
-Poor Organisation Skills
-Losing Things on a Regular Basis
-Restlessness and Fidgeting
-Inability to Sit or Lie Still
-Short Attention Span
-Speaking Too Loudly or Quickly
-Tendency to Interrupt
-Irritability at Small Things