Adults with ADHD struggle to manage clutter, stay on track, and finish work. They may interrupt others or speak without thinking. They are frequently distracted when driving, reading, and performing other chores, which leads to problems at work and at home. Adults with ADHD may forget important things they have just said or done, but they do not forget who you are.
ADHD does not cause people to forget what they've read or what they're going to say next. Instead, it causes them to be distracted by things around them and their inability to focus on more than one thing at a time. This can lead to forgetting what you've read in a book or talking over your shoulder while texting someone else.
People with ADHD often know what they're going to say before they say it. But they can't keep their thoughts to themselves! Those around them may find adults with ADHD's thoughts wandering all over the place or their commentsating about one topic while another person is trying to talk to them.
People with ADHD can remember everything that has ever happened to them and everything that everyone around them has ever said to them. The problem is that they cannot keep these memories in their heads long enough to use them intelligently. When someone with ADHD tries to concentrate on two things at once, they very quickly lose track of both sets of information.
People with inattentive ADHD have difficulty paying attention to details, are often distracted, frequently struggle to organize or complete work, and frequently neglect everyday responsibilities (such as paying bills on time or returning phone calls). In addition, they may appear to be unaware of what others are saying or doing. Inattentive ADHD can also lead to problems with judgment and decision-making. Frequently, those with inattentive ADHD try to do too much at once. They may plan to finish a project before going to bed but end up watching the same movie over and over again instead.
Inattentive ADHD is different from being simply "daydreaming" or "focused on something else." With inattentive ADHD, someone cannot pay attention to two things at once; they are only able to focus on one thing at a time. On any given day, an individual with inattentive ADHD might find themselves completely focused on something while talking with you but unable to remember your name three minutes later. This kind of behavior is not intentional and does not mean that the person with inattentive ADHD is ignoring you. They are just unable to give their full attention to both you and the task at hand.
Inattentive ADHD can also cause problems with self-control.
Every kid or adult with ADHD I've ever examined has a few favorite hobbies in which they can focus, maintain effort, and use working memory with ease. But they have so many problems in practically everything else they do. Some prefer to call this condition "disordered attention."
With proper treatment, adults with ADHD can be very successful at jobs that are not too demanding. They may need occasional breaks to keep alert and focused. Sometimes these individuals may feel like their brains are on pause button. When they return to their work, they may find themselves slowed down by what seems like forgotten material or ideas that have been lost during the break.
People with ADHD often go through life making the same mistakes over and over again. In fact, research shows that it's likely someone with ADHD will have at least one major accident in his or her lifetime. These people tend to be in more accidents overall, such as car crashes, falls, and fights. If they do any type of physical activity, they're likely to have attention problems while they're doing it. For example, an individual with ADHD who wants to play soccer might lose track of where the ball is after several moments of not paying attention, thus causing him or her to trip over their own feet.
Some kids with ADHD enjoy things that come easily, such as playing video games or jumping on trampolines.
People with ADHD are both perplexed and annoyed by the secrets of the ADHD brain, which include the sporadic capacity to be super-focused when engaged, as well as being challenged and unable to begin and complete endeavors that are personally dull. It's not that they don't want to or are incapable of completing tasks. Rather, they just can't seem to get started or finish what they start.
For example, if you ask an adult with ADHD how he or she is doing, the answer might be "Not great, but things are getting better." This reflects the fact that symptoms tend to improve as adults with ADHD develop coping skills and learn how to manage their conditions. However, because adults with ADHD have not been given clear directions on how to best deal with their difficulties, they often experience repeated episodes of deterioration and recovery. The overall impact of this fluctuating behavior is one of constant frustration for those around them.
Young people with ADHD struggle with issues such as poor self-esteem and impaired social skills due to their inability to maintain focus or complete tasks. They may also suffer from anxiety disorders such as separation anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Research shows that children and adolescents with ADHD are at increased risk for developing other health problems later in life, such as obesity, depression, and psychosis. Adults with ADHD are more likely than others to suffer from these problems as well.
It is important to recognize that thoughts are different from feelings.