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12 silent signs of adult ADHD

12 silent signs of adult ADHD
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About 4 percent of adults have ADHD, but relatively few get diagnosed or treated. If these adult ADHD symptoms are negatively affecting your life, see your doctor to talk about getting a proper ADHD diagnosis.

You have an ADHD history

You have an ADHD history
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Adult ADHD always begins as childhood ADHD, says Eric Lifshitz, MD, a psychiatrist at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica and in private practice in Beverly Hills. Having a history of problems with concentration, focus, organisation and memory your whole life is the primary criteria in diagnosing the ADHD in adults. “For adults with ADHD the issues have persisted all their lives. If the problems are a new phenomenon, then it’s not ADHD,” he explains. “There are many, many other reasons that adults can develop these issues, including depression and stress.” A trained professional can help you find the correct diagnosis to get you the best care.

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You’re already bored of a conversation … and it just started

You’re already bored of a conversation … and it just started

If you have one mind-numbing conversation a day, congratulations, you’re human. But if all your conversations feel tedious – or if you’re constantly interrupting others or finishing their sentences for them to rush the conversation – then you might have adult ADHD, Dr. Lifshitz says. Another common conversational complaint of adults with ADHD: feeling like other people speak too slowly. Because the brains of those with adult ADHD are always two steps ahead, people may have a hard time listening to others and giving them time to formulate their thoughts.

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You’re always 10 minutes late

You’re always 10 minutes late
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Are you the person that friends always tell the party starts half an hour before it actually does? If you just can’t seem to make it anywhere on time no matter what you do, you may have ADHD. And chances are you’re as irritated by your chronic lateness as everyone else is. “They’re not trying to be rude; adults with ADHD just have an extremely difficult time with time management,” Dr. Lifshitz says. “They underestimate the amount of time routine tasks, like finding their keys and shoes, will take.”

You always ditch yoga class before the final relaxation pose

You always ditch yoga class before the final relaxation pose
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Rather than recharging and relaxing during breaks, “adults with ADHD often feel an inward restlessness or anxiety when not actively engaged in a task,” Dr. Lifshitz says. Children with ADHD show this as outward hyperactivity but adults learn to internalise that feeling, he explains. Downtime becomes a real downer as sufferers report things like not being able to sit through a movie (especially if it’s one they didn’t choose), preferring only active hobbies, getting bored with games quickly, and getting antsy during massages.

Your house is full of UFOs (unfinished objects)

Your house is full of UFOs (unfinished objects)
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Who hasn’t started cleaning out the dishwasher only to get sidetracked with the pile of mail on the counter? But if your whole house is filled with half-finished crafts, piles of partially read books, and baskets containing both clean and dirty laundry – and you never seem to make any progress in finishing them – then this could be a sign of adult ADHD.

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You’re prone to making lots of little mistakes

You’re prone to making lots of little mistakes
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As children with ADHD grow up they often develop coping behaviours to manage their deficits in the adult world. But these can easily fall apart when you take more responsibility, like getting a promotion or attending extra training, Dr. Lifshitz says. This often manifests as poor performance reviews, shortcut taking, and making myriad little mistakes even though you know that you know better.

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You have a hard time handling change

You have a hard time handling change
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Lots of us have a hard time with major change – like moving or starting a new job – but one way that people with ADHD cope is by having predictable routines. They often build “workarounds” into their schedules to compensate for tasks that may be difficult for them. So if things suddenly change, even in good ways like getting a promotion at work, the adjustment can feel overwhelming.

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You’re always changing the radio or TV channel

You’re always changing the radio or TV channel
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“People with ADHD need high levels of stimulation,” Lifshitz says. This could translate to constantly changing channels, checking their phones, whistling or humming, or fidgeting. They may also prefer to be in places with lots of light, noise and people.

You get sucked into online gambling or day trading

You get sucked into online gambling or day trading
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Adults with ADHD also seek out high levels of stimulation in their jobs and hobbies. Since they get easily distracted and have a hard time performing during lulls in activity, they turn to activities that provide immediate gratification. Unfortunately these high-reward activities can also be high-risk, like gambling.

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