Characteristics of ADD - In Children & Adults
It's normal for children to forget their homework, misplace a book, daydream, not stay still, react to quickly and not always agree with their friends. For some children these only happen once in awhile. However, children who have either ADD or ADHD deal with these issues and more on daily basis. This can be problematic at home, at school and with your friends.
The Characteristic Of ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder & ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Inattention seems to be the first sign that is noticed for those children who have ADD. You may think your child is ignoring but they are not. They are daydreaming, closing off their current surroundings. Some have been considered ignorant and rude. For school aged children they have difficulty paying attention and concentrating on school work. Trying to do homework is an every day struggle for the parents. Being easily distracted compounds the issue.
Impulsivity they act before thinking, come out with inappropriate comments, have trouble waiting for their turn in a game, will call out in class, jump from one thing to another, it's hard for them to organize work and they may require more supervision than other children especially in school.
Hyperactivity very active, runs, climbs, has difficulty staying still, moves around quite a bit while sleeping. always seems to be on the go, is fidgety, making other wish they had an off switch.
The first two characteristic effect those with ADD & ADHD. The third effects those with ADHD. The majority of those diagnosed with ADD are girls. However their have been girls diagnosed with ADHD. Though the boys have ADHD.
The onset of these disorders happens before they are 7 years old. If they have display these for more than six month, that is normally the diagnosis. Sometime medication is required though not in all cases. These children are labeled problem children because the teacher's don't have guidelines or resources to handle them. The way they learn is different from other students. Even the study habits differ. Parents and Teachers need to have the diagnoses documented so they can request a meeting with the Special Education Department. Then a plan of action can be made, suggestions discussed to help them both at school and home. On the upside these words reflect the brighter aspects of their personalities.
Creative / Artistic / Imaginative minds, there ability to think of ten things at once attributes to their ability to be a problem solver. They will see what others can't because of their ability to see differently.
Flexibility, are more open to other ideas. By not focusing on one idea they adapt easily to changes. This occurs because they have the ability to think of all of ideas at once.
Spontaneous being able to pick up and go, changing plans at a moments notice, will suddenly suggest a road trip to the beach, they tend to be the life of the party.
Energy / Drive / Passion they strive to succeed, a hard worker, focus on what excites them and love hands on activities.
Adults with ADD / ADHD had the same characteristics when they were children. They tend to carry some of them into adulthood. As adults due to the responsibility face they sometimes get overwhelmed. They are usually running late, disorganized, distracted, forgetful and get frazzled. As a child is was school and home that was effected. As an adult it goes anywhere from home, work, different relationships and financially inept. Many mistake ADD as a lack of willpower. ADD is a chemical problem within the management, organized part of the brain. They've also discovered that those who have ADD or ADHD usually have other mental health issues. They overlap each other.
Zoning Out without realizing it. While driving if they are thinking of something they may miss their turn, miss an exit or possibly get in a car accident.
Distracted by anything from someone walking by them to the color of a tee shirt. This is extremely difficult for those in high activity or office situations. Has a hard time focusing when someone is talking to them and completing one task before going to another. There multi tasking and lack of focus may cause senseless mistakes. Being so easily distracted causes them to overlook important information.
Struggling to complete tasks, it may take then an hour to wash dinner dishes that would take someone else fifteen minutes.
Listening Skills suffer, they lose focus of the conversation, if they are in the middle of something and get interrupted are concerned about completing what they were doing and not listening.
Disorganized & Forgetfulness life sometimes gets in the way and overwhelming, sometimes it's a challenge to prioritize, to keep straight in your mind what you have done and what needs to be done. The tendency to forget important dates, appointments, taking medication, giving someone a ride, ect, ect.
Impulsive reckless behavior, reacting before thinking, interrupting others, lack of self control, exhibit an addictive side, socially awkward, not able to sit still at long meetings and making inappropriate comments.
Emotional / Self Esteem Issue / Moods gets easily frustrated, severe mood swings, can be stressed, flustered, lack of motivation, sensitive to criticism or others pointing out errors, temper rages and insecure.
Restless express agitation, can't sit still, feeling jumpy, racing thoughts, chatty, doing multiple things at once, takes risks, craves excitement and feelings of inner restlessness.
Many adults don't realize they have ADD and have spent years suffering from being unorganized, have been called lazy or stupid because of the forgetfulness and difficulty finishing tasks and sometimes they tend to be hard on themselves. They tend to have relationship issues caused by the ADD / ADHD symptoms. Their are health issues attributed to them as well because of the compulsive eating, substance abuse, anxiety, stress, tension and low self esteem.
Now, let me share this with you, I had ADD as a child and carried it into my adulthood. I have all these symptoms and was called lazy, stupid and was even asked if I retarded. Why in the world someone would ask such a question is beyond me. What I want to tell you is that there is help out there, their are support groups, medication that if taken correctly can make a huge difference. I learned how to study differently while I was using the methods suggested by my daughters special education teacher. That in itself was huge. I even took some college classes and made the deans list. Imagine that!
why am i here
can i go
leave this confusion
even for a
of quiet relaxtion
from the drama
can i get
i don't like
it in here
i get to
focus i say
i quit !