ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, can affect both one’s personal and professional life. There’s a misconception that ADHD can only be found in children: this is not true.
In fact, ADHD is now very often diagnosed in adults.
There is another misconceptions that ADHD is something that only effects boys and men. Incorrect.
In fact, ADHD can (and does) effect women as well.
Is undiagnosed, ADHD can be detrimental throughout adulthood, as well as childhood. Even with a recent surge in attention, ADHD is still often described as a “hidden disorder,” which means that it can go unnoticed—and undiagnosed—for years. In our experience, Thriveworks Psychiatrists in Boston have seen many very high achieving persons with ADHD, and who live very successful lives.
If you’re wondering whether or not you have ADHD, take a look at these signs and symptoms. Do these apply to you?
- You tend to get distracted in the middle of a conversation with someone.
- You have trouble paying attention and focusing on tasks.
- You tend to overthink things to the point you make mistakes.
- You have been described as a “poor listener”
- You have a hard time following directions.
- You are unorganized.
- You have a bad habit of procrastinating.
- You have a tendency to misplace objects such as your cellphone, wallet, keys, etc.
- You have poor self-control.
- You frequently interrupt others.
Psychiatric Treatment and Medication for ADHD
If you went through this list of ADHD symptoms and you feel that you might be suffering from this disorder, you’e not alone.
…But first, let’s take a step back—having some symptoms of ADHD does not mean that you have ADHD. To determine if what you are experiencing is in fact ADHD, you will need to contact a mental health professional, such as a licensed counselor or psychiatrist, in order to receive a professional evaluation.
There are many treatments for ADHD: some are psychotherapy based; such as learning skills and techniques for handling common symptoms. Alternatively (and sometimes in combination with counseling), there are a number of medications available to help individuals with ADHD.
If you think you have ADHD, you are not alone. Contact a Boston psychiatrist or counselor at 617-395-5806, to schedule an appointment, and let’s start making important changes to alleviate ADHD symptoms.