With the advancement of age, there is increased availability of digital resources, which has escalated human activities significantly. However, as external things are sorted out for us by technology, our internal setup is a complete mess.
Mental health issues have skyrocketed amongst young teenagers with the increasing use of social media. More often than not, they are not resolved completely when they enter adulthood which complicates their mental set-up. Out of all the mental health issues, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), is the most common among children as well as adults.
When the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder goes unchecked and no treatment is done for the same, it can cause irreparable damage in the biological and environmental factors which can interfere in many areas of a human being.
What are the symptoms of adult ADHD?
To check whether you or anyone in your social circle is suffering from adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, below mentioned are some of its symptoms that can help you for the same.
Below are some 11 common symptoms of Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder:
- Problem in concentrating:
This is one of the most common symptoms of ADHD among adults. People suffering from this find it very hard to focus on whatever they are doing. They get easily distracted, lose track of what the other person is saying to them and pay attention to other unnecessary details in a conversation, inability to complete the tasks, and fail to pay attention to the details.
- Indulging in hyperfocus:
Although the lack of attention is one of the most common signs among ADHD, hyperfocus is just another flipside of it. In this, the person doing any kind of work becomes so engrossed in whatever they are doing, that they fail to realize what is going on in the vicinity.
This can result in a certain type of carelessness which can make you look least concerned about people around you. Eventually, this can harm your relationships in the long term.
- Lack of organisational skills:
Someone suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) cannot seem to accept the harsh realities of the world due to how things are wired in their brain. Eventually, life for them is more challenging and burgeoning, instead of lively and joyful.
This kind of outlook towards life makes it hard for them to prioritize things and manage the time accordingly. They are not able to organize the tasks and prioritize the important work to be done.
- Lack of time management:
This point is sort of related to the above-mentioned point. As people suffering from adult ADHD are not able to organize and prioritize their tasks effectively, they are also not able to effectively manage their time.
This lack of time management leads to procrastination, showing up late for programs, and neglect acting upon the assignments which are considered to be boring. Interestingly, they are not able to focus upon the future or past, the present is mainly what they think about every time.
- Increased forgetfulness:
Any adult suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has a lot going on in their mind. This can lead to an extreme form of forgetfulness, affecting their career and relationships.
People suffering from ADHD seem to frequently forget the dates, tasks, projects, or important events that will occur in their lives. This can also emanate a wrong impression of humans, making them seem careless or irresponsible.
One of the most common symptoms of adult ADHD is impulsiveness which is manifested in a plethora of subtle ways, often overlooked.
These ways include impulsive shopping especially when one is not able to afford those objects, interrupting someone who is still speaking, social inappropriateness, doing tasks haphazardly, and not thinking while executing any action, rather thinking after doing the action.
- Instability in emotions:
Any adult suffering from ADHD has emotional turmoil churning in his or her mind. After doing any kind of work for a while, they seem to easily become bored and are always seeking some form of excitement.
If things happen beyond their control they easily seem to get frustrated, which results quickly in depression or extreme forms of mood swings. This can often complicate relationships and lead your professional life into a mess.
- Low self-esteem and negative self-image:
Adults suffering from ADHD often see themselves from the lens of society which leads them to judge themselves quite critically. This can lower their self-esteem and affect other areas in their lives such as school, college, office, and even relationships.
Any minor failure or turbulence in their lives may force them to judge themselves as good for nothing.
- Lack of motivation:
Every once in a while we feel bored of repeating the same drill again and again. That does not mean we have ADHD. However, people who do suffer from this, face an intense form of apathy in their lives, where they are not motivated to do even the most important tasks in their lives.
As mentioned earlier, they find it hard to focus on their project, accompanied by procrastination and lack of management skills. It is also difficult for them to focus on a very long period.
The minds of people suffering from ADHD are constantly in a frenzy. There are like a million thoughts rushing into their mind and that is why they constantly want to do something or the other.
This eventually leads to frustration, stress, and anxiety as they are constantly restless whenever they are doing anything. Anxiety is one of the most common symptoms of adult ADHD which manifests itself in the form of fidgeting, tapping their feet, constantly moving their pencils in the hand, overexertion, and constantly shifting in their seats.
Due to the constant restlessness that ADHD people feel, the ensuing fatigue is also very common among them. Not only that, as they are extremely hyperactive, sleeplessness, the efforts they put into focusing on any work and side-effects of certain ADHD medications lead to fatigue in the affected people.
If you are facing any of these symptoms, it is best to get checked with a professional psychotherapist and get immediate treatment as ADHD often destroys your career and relationships aspects.