Updated 9/18. ADHD replaced ADD/ADHD several years ago when it was determined that everyone who has it has some form of hyperactivity. The incidence of people who have it in the U.S. was updated in 2018 to 10%. It was formerly 6-10%.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects about 10% of the population.
Although it is perceived as a childhood condition which will be outgrown, that is not the case. Adults have ADHD, too; they had it as a child and will have it all their lives. It may sometimes seem as though someone has outgrown it, but in fact, they have just learned to manage their symptoms better.
Although ADHD is called a “deficit” and a “disorder”, neither is true nor accurate. ADHD is just different. You can put a negative spin on it, or a positive one. An inability to focus in on one thing can also be thought of as an ability to multi-task.
There are a number of symptoms that characterize ADHD. I have listed some of them below.
Please note that many people may have instances when they exhibit some of these symptoms. A true diagnosis would require that you have a number of the symptoms, and that you have them in different situations.
For instance, you may have trouble paying attention in a meeting at work. That may be true of many of your fellow co-workers. But if you also have trouble paying attention elsewhere, say when you’re watching TV, talking to a friend, or even during sex (!), then it’s more indicative of ADHD.
- An inability to pay attention to most things for more than a few minutes
- Hyper-focus – an ability to lose one’s self in something, to the exclusion of everything else
- An inability to filter out distracting sounds, smells, or sights
- An inability to sit still for any reasonable length of time (also a restless but deep sleeper)
- Poor time management skills – no concept of time or how long things take
- Poor organizational skills
- Messy environment
- Tendency to start multiple projects, but rarely finish them
- Easily overwhelmed
- Highly creative
- Usually very intelligent, but poor grades
- May be a risk taker
- Impulsive – acts without thinking
- Ability to multi-task
- Often a visually oriented learner, a hands on learner, or a combination