Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is also referred to as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It is assumed that ADD affects children between their infancy and adolescent years. The truth is that ADD symptoms can continue well into adulthood and if left untreated, they can hinder one’s completion of their daily activities and tasks as well as negatively impact their relationships.
Although ADD can affect children as well as adults, the symptoms vary considerably. Generally, adults have three types of attention deficit disorders. They include the primarily inattentive hyperactive and combined. The three types have subtle differences, and it is essential that you identify the type of disorder you have in order to handle the unique symptoms you will be dealing with. Each type has unique challenges but you can use practical techniques to help improve your focus and ability to complete tasks.
Types of Adult ADD
Primarilly Inattentive Type
An individual with primarily inattentive ADD may find it difficult to concentrate on tasks. As soon as you sit down to work, you feel like you need a break. You may procrastinate on tasks that seem overwhelming, putting them off because you have no idea where to even begin. Another symptom is that a person becomes easily distracted. You become forgetful and disorganized. It becomes difficult for you to begin a task and see it through. The unique challenge in this type learning how to organize your work and activities in such a way that you find it easy to focus for extended periods. Once you have learned how to do that; you will find that you can be extremely productive.
Hyperactive: If you have ADHD, you probably have a hard time trying to sit still. Such a person may select hazardous activities, work two jobs or enjoy high paced environments. You will get bored easily, and continuous stimulation may become your thing. You become impatience and prone to dramatic outbursts. Some unique challenges here are learning how to focus your activity and energy to complete important tasks. You may also require assistance in controlling your impulsive nature which often lands in you trouble.
If you experience combined symptoms, you may have a mix of both inattentive and hyperactive tendencies. You will have problems with being inattentive and being unable to sit still. Tasks can be extremely difficult. If you have a combined condition, you need to learn how to manage both inattentive and hyperactive symptoms. Such a person can benefit from learning effective ways to prioritize their workflow and from learning how to channel their boundless energy. Once you can curb your capricious nature, you will find out that you are capable of being extremely productive.