Attention Deficit Disorder is commonly known to be a disorder among young children and adolescents. It is believed that most children will outgrow this disorder. Studies have shown that Attention Deficit Disorder can carry over into adulthood, hence the newest term for this disorder, Adult ADD. Adult Attention Deficit Disorder or adult ADD has become more widely accepted. An estimated 2 percent to 4 percent of U.S. adults have ADD. An estimated 67 percent of children who have signs of ADD will have symptoms as adults, according to CHADD. Adults with ADD are diagnosed similar to kids with the disorder, can be treated with medications, behavior modification or a combination of both. (Cohen, 2003) An accurate diagnosis, education and support are essential to living with Adult Attention Deficit Disorder. Symptoms of Adult Attention Deficit Disorder include Lack of focus, disorganization, restlessness, difficulty finishing projects, and losing things. The symptoms of adults with attention deficit disorder often mirror that of a stressful or demanding life. In 2003 Eli Lilly and Company provided the following questionnaire for adults who believe they may have Attention Deficit Disorder.
Do you have difficulty concentrating or focusing your attention on one thing?
Do you often start multiple projects at the same time, but rarely finish them?
Do you have trouble with organization?
Do you procrastinate on projects that take a lot of attention to detail?
Do you have problems remembering appointments or obligations?
Do you have trouble staying seated during meetings or other activities?
Are you restless or fidgety?
Do you often lose or misplace things?
Even when answers to this questionnaire may imply that one is being affected by Attention Deficit Disorder it is necessary to be clinically diagnosed. (Adult Self-Report Scale (ASRS - V1.1) Screener). For the most accurate diagnosis, doctors will obtain a history of childhood behavior. The...
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