People often don’t even realize they have ADHD, thinking of their fussiness as a character trait. However, it can lead to serious issues in everyday life.
We found several main signs you can use to detect the disorder in yourself or your loved ones.
People with ADHD often can’t keep to a strict schedule. Apart from disorganization and forgetfulness, there are the following symptoms:
- You can’t focus on details and make stupid mistakes at work.
- Your attention keeps switching to other things during monotonous lectures or lengthy talks.
- Even a short and personal conversation is a struggle to keep up with: your thoughts keep floating away.
- Either consciously or not, you avoid tasks that require concentration and intellectual effort.
- Small everyday things, like umbrellas or gloves, keep getting lost.
Time management issues
Prioritizing, consistency, and time management are frequently a horror for adults with ADHD. The following are the most common signs:
- Problems with time organization at work or the feeling you can’t manage anything or do anything about it.
- You constantly forget appointed meetings, given promises, or timelines.
- You’re systematically late for no reason.
Hyperactivity is much rarer in adults than in children, but a lack of symptoms doesn’t mean you don’t have ADHD:
- You can’t sit calmly in one place, always shuffling and moving or tapping your feet.
- Difficulty waiting patiently.
- A constant desire to move and act even when it’s not appropriate.
- You can’t quietly read a book or do something else that requires concentration.
Although somewhat similar to children’s, adult hyperactivity affects your psychological state rather than physical activity.
- Incessant talking whether your opponent wants to talk or not.
- Impatience and being incapable of waiting, manifesting in conversations where you can’t wait for another person to finish their thought and interrupt or start answering the question early.
Trespassing on personal space
Many adults with ADHD have behavioral issues: they often ignore social regulations, commit rash acts, or say unexpected or inappropriate phrases. The typical symptoms of this category are:
- Trespassing on others’ personal space, including interrupting other people’s conversations or activities.
- Such people can’t be tactful in conversations, often asking uncomfortable questions or saying spontaneous thoughts out loud, only to regret it later.