Distraction or Adult ADHD?

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If you’ve been easily distracted or unable to focus for long periods of time lately, you may be wondering if you have ADHD. While only about 4% of adults have ADHD, it’s estimated that 90% are undiagnosed. Between the internet, texts, IMs and smart phones, it’s safe to say we live in a society that can easily deter productivity. But when is it ADHD and when is it just distraction?

Distractibility is certainly on the rise, but there are ways to organize your environment to be more productive. Put your phone away during work hours, turn off your IMs when you need to work and limit caffeine and other stimulants. If you’re still feeling like you can’t focus, see if any of these signs of adult ADHD apply to you:

  • Impulsive decision-making
  • Excessive speeding or reckless driving
  • Avoiding tasks that require extended periods of attention, such as difficult academic subjects, artistic performances or car repairs
  • Inability to honor commitments to others
  • Poor listening skills
  • Restlessness or difficulty relaxing
  • Angry outbursts
  • Chronic lateness
  • Difficulty organizing tasks and activities
  • Often losing things needed for daily routine (keys, notes, briefcases or pens)

If you suspect you may have ADHD, a psychiatrist can give you a proper diagnosis and recommend the best treatment plan for you. There is no cure for ADHD, the symptoms can be managed with therapy and medication, if needed.