ADHD: A Closer Look At Its Symptoms
ADHD is a mental health disorder that is responsible for behavior that can be described as hyperactive or impulsive. Typically, people suffering from ADHD have difficulty concentrating or focusing on a specific task. This can impact your work, school, and relationships.
However, ADHD can be hard to identify as many of the symptoms mimic those of depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders. Nevertheless, a trained psychiatrist is qualified to assess your symptoms and determine if they are in fact caused by ADHD.
The team of specialists at My Psychiatrist. PLC diagnose and treat a range of cognitive and mental health conditions. Our team utilizes our years of first-hand experience in conjunction with industry-leading treatment techniques – to provide our patients with the highest standard of care. Schedule an initial consultation to take the first step towards a healthier future!
Difficulty Focusing or Concentrating on Tasks
This should be clarified, adults with ADHD are very able to focus on tasks they find stimulating or interesting, but may quickly lose focus attending to mundane or boring tasks. These symptoms are often overlooked because they are less disruptive than the obvious visual symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity.
Distractions can come in the form of visual stimulants, nearby noises, or invasive thoughts that pull your attention away, or any of the following:
- Becoming easily distracted by low-priority activities or external events that others tend to ignore.
- Simultaneous thoughts crowd your attention span
- Frequent daydreams or “zoning out” without being aware of it
- Struggling to complete tasks, even ones that seem simple.
- Overlooked details and errors in an attempt to finish work quickly
- A difficult time remembering conversations and following directions.
- Getting quickly bored and seeking out new stimulating experiences.
Disorganization and Forgetfulness
When you have ADHD, staying organized and productive can be extremely challenging—as is prioritizing your to-do list, monitoring tasks and responsibilities, and time management. Common symptoms of disorganization include:
- Poor organizational skills (home, office, or car is extremely messy)
- Tendency to procrastinate
- Difficulty finishes projects
- Always running late
- Difficulty remembering appointments & deadlines
- Underestimating time needed to complete tasks
Hyperactivity or Restlessness
Hyperactivity in those with ADHD may be exhibited as someone who is highly energetic and always ‘on’ – as if they have too much pent-up energy. For many people with ADHD, hyperactivity is somewhat more subtle and internal, especially as you age. Common symptoms of hyperactivity in adults include:
- Feelings of inner restlessness, agitation, racing thoughts
- Getting bored easily, a tendency to take risks
- Talking excessively, doing a million things at once
- Trouble sitting still, constant fidgeting
Being impulsive means that you will likely act without considering the outcome of your behaviors, comments, and responses. Impulsive actions are by definition, not thought through and you probably haven’t taken time to consider the consequences or potential fallout.
This can manifest itself in the form of interrupting others, speaking at the wrong moments, and rushing through tasks, or taking unnecessary risks.
- Frequently interrupting others
- Limited self-control
- Blurting out rude or inappropriate thoughts
- Recklessly or spontaneous choices without regard for consequences
- Trouble behaving in socially appropriate ways (such as sitting still during a long meeting)
ADHD Therapy At My Psychiatrist. PLC
ADHD is a common disorder in children, however, it is also very prevalent in adults. Often, children affected by ADHD will carry the symptoms into adulthood. Recognizing the symptoms of ADHD can therefore help to improve an individual’s quality of life if determined early on.
At My Psychiatrist PLC, our psychiatrists are equipped with the tools and industry knowledge to properly diagnose ADHD and develop a personalized wellness plan that addresses your needs and condition.
Unique ADHD Therapy Plans
We apply therapy to the individual. Once you have met with a member of our team, we can create a unique therapy plan that is specifically designed to meet your needs! ADHD may affect your life differently than it does for others, so your therapy should reflect that!
ADHD Therapy Services Available in Reston, Virginia
If you recognize any of the symptoms listed above in yourself or a loved one, you can experience a drastic improvement in your quality of life by taking control of your ADHD. The first step is to meet with one of our specialists to diagnose the extent of your condition – and create a therapy plan that can get you started on the right foot!
Call our offices to speak with a member of our team or schedule a consultation online today!