ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) is also referred to as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). In many cases, it is assumed that ADD is only a condition that affects children between infancy and their adolescent years. But the truth is that if the ADD symptoms can continue to adulthood and when left untreated, they can hinder one’s completion of their daily activities and tasks as well as negatively impact their relationships.
Regardless of the fact that ADD affects adults as well as children, the ADD symptoms vary considerably. Adults experience three types of attention deficit disorders. They include the primarily inattentive hyperactive and combined. Each of these has subtle differences and it is essential that you know the type of adult ADD you have so you can better learn to handle the unique symptoms you will be dealing with. Each type has unique challenges but you can use practical techniques to help improve your focus and ability to complete tasks.
Adult ADD Types
Primarily Inattentive ADD
An individual with primarily inattentive ADD may find it difficult to concentrate on tasks. The minute you get to work, you immediately feel like you need a break. You may procrastinate on tasks that seem overwhelming, putting them off because you have no idea where to even begin. Another symptom is that a person becomes easily distracted. You also get disorganized and forgetful. It becomes difficult for you to begin a task and see it through. The unique challenge in this type learning how to organize your work and activities in such a way that you find it easy to focus for extended periods. Once you learn how to do that, you can be extremely productive.
Hyperactive: If you have ADHD, you probably have a hard time trying to sit still. You tend to choose risky activities, enjoy high paced environment or work two jobs. Such a person becomes easily bored and requires constant stimulation. You also become prone to impatience and dramatic outbursts. Some unique challenges here are learning how to focus your activity and energy to complete important tasks. You may also need help controlling your impulsive nature which often gets you into trouble.
If you experience combined symptoms, you may have a mix of both inattentive and hyperactive tendencies. You will not only have attention focusing but also have problems sitting still. Tasks can be extremely difficult. If you have a combined condition, you need to learn how to manage both inattentive and hyperactive symptoms. Such a person can benefit from learning effective ways to prioritize their workflow and from learning how to channel their boundless energy. If you can handle your flighty character, then you will be capable of doing productive work.