Adult Attention Deficit Disorder (AADD)
Losing your keys, wallet or phone from time to time doesn’t necessarily mean that you have Adult Attention Deficit Disorder (AADD). Nor does losing focus on a conversation once in a while, as most of us can be distracted if there is a television nearby or something else grabs our attention.
If you do have Adult Attention Deficit Disorder, your symptoms may be different than those of children who have this condition. AADD may be evidenced by inattentiveness, hard time remembering details, difficulty in getting work completed, frequent procrastination, or problems organizing things. This can affect relationships at home, school or work.
An estimated 8.4 percent of children and 2.5 percent of adults have AADD or ADHD.
AADD and Other Mental Health Disorders
Adults with AADD can often also have an anxiety disorder, depression, bipolar disorder or other psychiatric disorders. This combination of disorders with AADD can impair the ability to function.
There is no single medical test for Adult Attention Deficit Disorder. Diagnose requires that a qualified healtcare professional evaluate the person. This process will normally include:
- A diagnostic interview to develop a detailed history of your past and current behavior patterns.
- A review of your family’s medical history and a physical examination to rule out other medical conditions that can cause symptoms that resemble AADD.
- Additional psychological tests to confirm or rule out other co-existing conditions.
If You Believe You May Have AADD
If you believe that you may have Adult Attention Deficit Disorder or others have suggested that you might have attention deficit symptoms, don’t put off finding out as it can be successfully treated. Contact the Yang Institute to start your journey to recovery.