- Mental Health
Undiagnosed Adults with A.D.D.
According to webmd.com, approximately 4% of the US adult population, or an estimated 8 million adults have attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Unfortunately, very few adults are identified or treated for it.
Many of these adults have lived with the symptoms all their lives never realizing they had something that is treatable. Many have lived their whole lives thinking they are stupid, or slow, or just not like other people. They don't understand why they don't think like other people or can't remember things like everyone else seems to. They don't understand why they speak out of turn blurting things out or have trouble behaving.
Most adults never find out they have ADD or ADHD until they have a child that is suspected of having it by their teacher. Once the adult takes the child in for screening, they begin to see the same symptoms in themselves.
In my husband's case, I recognized the symptoms. I then, looked it up online and began to read to him the checklist. He broke down in tears once he realized that this was something that could possibly have changed his life had it been detected as a child. On one hand he was relieved to know there was a name for what he's experienced, and a cure, but at the same time, he felt cheated out of years of his life. These were years that should have been fun and happy that were instead filled with disruptive behavior in school, trouble relating to his parents, and later girlfriends. College was excruciating for him since it required so much more concentration. Once he graduated, the working world was just as tough.
I'm happy to report that we were able to get him to our family doctor and he's taking the prescription drug, Strattera. I can see a world of difference in him. He was apprehensive about taking it at first because he was afraid that it would alter his personality too much. He didn't want to become an emotionless zombie. I assured him that I would make sure that didn't happen. He has been very pleased with the results as well.
I urge you to read over the list of symptoms and if you, or someone you love, exhibits many of these symptoms and the symptoms have caused them challenges or troubles in their health, relationships, work etc. then please make an appointment to have it checked.
Symptom Test for Suspected A.D.D.
- An internal sense of anxiety
Impulsive habits such as spending habits
Frequently distracted during sex
Frequently loses or misplaces personal items such as car keys, purse or wallet, brush or comb, etc.
Unable to give attention to detail
Family history of ADD, learning problems, mood disorders or substance abuse problems
Difficulty in following the proper channels or chain of commands
Unable to obey rules resulting in frequent traffic violations
Impulsive job changes
Difficulty in maintaining an organized work and/or home environment
Chronically late, always rushed or in a hurry
Frequently overwhelmed by normal daily tasks
Poor financial management resulting late payments
Spending excessive time at work due trying to make up for inefficiencies
Inconsistent work performance and/or work attendance
Sense of underachievement
Frequent mood swings
Trouble sustaining friendships or intimate relationships
A need to seek high and higher stimulation activities, bores easily
Tendency toward exaggerated outbursts
Transposes numbers, letters, words
Tendency toward being argumentative and/or highly opinionated
Addictive personality toward food, alcohol, drugs, work and/or gambling
Tendency to worry needlessly and endlessly
"Thin-skinned" - having quick or exaggerated responses to real or imagined slights
The Hazards of Undiagnosed ADD/ADHD
Left untreated, ADD/ADHD can totally disrupt a person's life. It can affect their career, their relationships, their financial stability and their health. The more time that elapses with it left untreated only adds to the chaos and the damaging effects.
In their career, they may experience difficulty in concentrating, handling multiple tasks, listening attentively, and relating to their boss and/or co-workers. They may have difficulty meeting deadlines, being on time, or forgetting appointments.
In their relationships, they may feel that they are picked on for being untidy, unorganized and seemingly inattentive in conversations. The person with ADD/ADHD often blurts out hurtful things. They also are unreliable for matters involving dates, times, or organization.
With regards to finances, the person with ADD/ADHD has trouble remembering to pay bills on time, balancing a checkbook, keeping up with receipts or balances on credit cards. They are also prone to impulsive spending.
The person with ADD/ADHD can have difficulty with compulsive eating, drug and/or alcohol abuse. They are forgetful in remembering to eat properly or take medicine timely.
Famous People With ADD/ADHD
The following celebrities are listed as having ADD or ADHD. I've only included celebrities that are still alive today. Many believe many of the great inventors, public figures, etc. of our past suffered from ADD/ADHD. A link is provided below if you want to see the list of those believed to have had it.
Harry Andersen - (1952-present) - Actor, Comedian
Terry Bradshaw - (1948-Present) - Football Quarterback
Jim Carrey - (1962-present) - Actor, Comedian
Prince Charles - (1948-present) - Royalty of England
Cher (1946-present)- Actress, Singer
Bill Cosby - (1937-present) - Actor, Comedian
Tom Cruise - (1962-present) - Actor
Kirk Douglas -(1916-present) - Actor
Danny Glover - (1947-present) - Actor
Tracey Gold - (1969-present) - Actress
Whoopi Goldberg - (1955-present) - Actress
Dustin Hoffman - (1937-present) - Actor
Bruce Jenner - (1949-present) - Olympic Gold Medalist, Athlete, TV Personality
"Magic" Johnson - (1959-present) - Basketball Player
Michael Jordan - (1963-present) - Basketball Player
Greg Louganis - (1960-present) - Olympic Gold Medalist (Diving), Author
Ozzy Osbourne - (1948-present) - Actor, Singer, Entertainer
Nolan Ryan - (1947-present) - Major League Baseball Player
Will Smith -(1968-present) - Actor, Rapper, Entertainer
Suzanne Somers - (1946-present) - Actress, Author
Steven Spielberg - (1946-present) - Director, Filmmaker
Sylvester Stallone - (1946-present) - Actor, Director, Producer
Robin Williams - (1952-present) - Actor, Comedian
Henry Winkler - (1945-present) - Actor, Director, Producer, Author
Stevie Wonder - (1950-present ) - Musician
Great Resources & Links
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Adults - WebMD
Adults with ADHD may have difficulty following directions, remembering information, concentrating, organizing tasks, or completing work within time limits.
- Interesting Stats on Children with ADD/ADHD
- Famous People with ADD or ADHD
- Six Sub-types of ADHD
WebMD explains the different types of ADHD and the theories surrounding them.
- Psych Central - Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD) Test
Test and quiz whether you have adult attention deficit disorder.
- Bender-Gestalt Test - Wikipedia