This article will explain what it is and how medication
is sometimes used to manage it.
It is a disorder of the nervous system characterized by difficulties with as
attention, planning, concentration, managing time and tasks, maintaining focus,
and making thoughtful decisions.
ADD is not the inability to focus. It is an inabilty to regulate focus. So if
you have ADD you may have difficulty focusing on some tasks, but you will also
sometimes have difficulty not focusing, this is called hyperfocusing. You may
ask, what is wrong with hyperfocusing? The problem with over focusing is that
you lose track of time to the degree that many other tasks do not get done. It
also can create a major time management issue.
When someone with ADD is interested in a topic, there focus shoots sky high,
that is until they get bored. This is why it is common for people with ADD to
have alot of unfinished projects or unfinished books. It is not uncommon for
some with ADD to be reading several books at the same time, so when they start
losing interest they switch books and on and on.
It is even worse if you are not interested in a topic at all. Then getting
started and staying with the task can be very difficult.
These are some of the problem areas:
* screening out distractions
* starting and completing tasks
* remembering tasks and plans
* organizing information and belongings
* being on time
* losing focus by being distracted but interesting tasks or
* completing obligations on time
There are two major areas where ADD impacts your life.
Difficulty regulating focus creates having extreme to moderate
trouble with concentration, rouble following conversations, or "zoning
out" without realizing it. Also blurting out and interupting alot because
you mind is flying with ideas. Finishing tasks might feel impossible, and you
might have several tasks started at once without the ability to continue. Of
course getting easily distracted or forgetful, leading to errors or incomplete
Keeping organization. Keeping things organized at home and work can be an
enormous challenge. Areas of your home and/or work space can be get cluttered
and messy. Usually it is not your whole home or work space usually it is select
Underestimate the time it takes to complete tasks or having trouble with
procrastination is another is with organizing This can also lead to
difficulties making completing large projects very difficult. Adults with
ADD often also continually forget or lose things.
something to worry about?
ADD is not a serious condition. A lot of very successful
people have it. As the first article has shown it does make some things in life
difficult. There is a great book "You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy? The
Classic Self-Help Book for Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder" by Kate
Kelly and Peggy Ramundo which is written by two nurses with ADD. The book gives
alot of information and strategies in a very easy to read style. What I think
is important to this discussion is the title. It explains why having an
understanding that you may have ADD is very important. Because people don't
understand that they have ADD and what it is. Frequently they can feel that
they are stupid, crazy or lazy. I think just having this book out there helps
dispel this myth.
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