Often fidgeting with hands or feet, or squirming while
Having difficulty remaining seated.
Having difficulty awaiting turn in games or group
Often blurting out friendus before questions are completed.
Having difficulty in following instructions.
Having difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play
Often shifting from one uncompleted task to another.
Having difficulty playing quietly.
Often talking excessively.
Often interrupting or intruding on others.
Often not listening to what is being said.
Often forgetting things necessary for tasks or activities.
Often engaging in physically dangerous activities without
considering possible consequences.
Being easily distracted by extraneous stimuli.
Often fails to give close attention to details.
Often makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other
Often has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play
Often becomes easily distracted by irrelevant sights, sounds
and extraneous stimuli.
Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to
finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace.
Often has difficulty organizing tasks and activities.
Often avoids tasks, such as schoolwork or homework, that
require sustained mental effort.
Often loses things necessary for tasks or activities, like
school assignments, pencils, books, or tools.
Often is forgetful in daily activities.
Rarely follows instructions carefully and completely.
Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly.
Often show little or no restrain in controlling their
Often becomes immersed in an activity they enjoy
Attention Deficit Disorder, or ADD, is hard to define due to the
fact it encompasses so many differing symptoms. The common traits
are usually difficulty to pay attention due to being distracted
easily, forgetfulness, inability to process future implications of
actions and low or underweight, lean bodies. In some cases, though,
instead of distractions being harder to avoid, people will
hyperfocus, or not be aware of anything at all but what they are
doing, and oftentimes obsess when making conversation. Many cases
are in between. The problem falls in the fact that it encompasses
such a wide range, there are intermediate cases and unique cases. A
link between add and children's depression is theorized due to
medications that treat add sometimes causing depression. It also
goes the other way around.
Hope this helps, and for more information try finding a good
psychologist or psychiatrist and ask if you think you may have
ADD is when you cant focus and you don't pay attention all the
time when you are suppose to. your mind wanders all the time and
you can hardly sit still. you space out a lot more then normal and
you have a hard time keeping friends.
Impatiences also is very common.
Here are people answering and sharing their experiences about
I always had a hard time keeping my house clean and organized.
I was always cleaning but not getting much done. You know, cleaning
in one room and having to go to another room for something and then
start cleaning in there...etc...etc...before you know it, not much
of anything is done. One day I just said forget it. The messier it
got, the more depressed I got and was totally unable to do any
cleaning because of the disorganization. I found that if you have
ADD, its best to rid of all clutter and I mean all. It makes a
world of difference. I told my mom about this, about how it's hard
for me to clean because it's so "confusing" and she laughed. She
can laugh all she wants cause she has it too, but won't admit to
My dad used to ask me if I was doing drugs, which I wasn't.
I will turn on the news to watch the weather only to find myself
watching the sports since I had "taken a mind trip" for about 15
minutes. This happens quite frequently. I can even think about the
fact that I may do this when I turn on the news so I try to pay
attention and It still happens. It's crazy!
I make lists for everything too but can't find them most of the
For years I purchased over the counter ephedrine at the gas
stations. This made me feel as normal as possible.
I didn't know that I had ADD but I knew that I was different
from most others and often have a hard time keeping friends,
boyfriends, jobs or anything else for that matter...loosing lots of
When I get on the Internet all holiness breaks loose cause I can
have 20 screens open at a time, going from one topic to another,
jotting down notes incessantly.
I really thought I was crazy until I was diagnosed. I was 39
when diagnosed. My daughter has been diagnosed as well. She is 16
and I'm so glad that she won't have to go thru her life thinking
she is "less than" because of this condition.
I recommend this website: Medical Information. Lots of
information here, including symptoms, a screener, etc.
Also search for "ADHD" at these other sites: Mayo Clinic and
Frustration, frustration and more frustration! I can't seem to
finish anything. Even if I make a list to remind myself I lose the
list or forget to take it to the store. I have ideas racing through
my head and I am very ambitious, but never accomplish much. I then
get depressed and feel hopeless
When I was in grade school, I was always running around, even
when my teachers forced me to sit down. I was always causing
trouble, constantly forgetting to complete and hand in assignments,
always daydreaming, and there wasn't a single week that went by
without me staying behind for punishment. I had no friends, and my
classmates all made fun of me, calling me "the different/naughty
kid", and due to my ADHD, I had a very short fuse and always got
into fights, getting me into deeper trouble.
Now, in High school I switched from Ritalin to Concerta, a slow
release medication which works wonders. I have better organization,
have plenty of friends and a better grip on my emotions. However, I
do occasionally drift off, and my short fuse does go off sometimes
(the subject of my annoyance or frustration is usually a slightly
annoying girl that has a slightly annoying crush on me) , but I try
Hyper-focus: ADD is less a deficiency of attention than the
inability to regulate one's attention mechanism.
This is discussed in the book "Driven to Distraction", which I read
per my doctor's recommendation. The book describes one almost
contradictory symptom of ADD called hyper-focus. It is when one
focuses on some task or item of interest to the degree of
forgetting everything else going on. It tends to be a very
enjoyable state of mind, losing yourself in some enjoyable activity
so to speak. The ability to hyper-focus (without stimulant
medications) is one of the distinguishing traits of ADD or ADHD.
Typically this symptom is present in most people with ADD, myself
included. The problem is it tends to occur at random or at least
with little conscious control. Whereas having the ability to switch
this on and off at will would make for much less of the disaster
area (speaking for myself only) that ADHD causes.
It would be unusual for an adult to suddenly get Attention
Deficit Disorder as it is usually something that happens in
childhood and carries through to adulthood. Adults with ADD / ADHD
struggle daily with self-regulation, regulating their attention,
regulating their impulses in talking and action, and regulating
But this condition needs to be diagnosed by a doctor as there
are other disorders that have similar symptoms
you get hyper
You are extremely hyper all the time, get distracted really easily,
and like to talk ALOT. Those are the basic symptoms of ADHD.