…they quit smoking,” says Dr. Wetzel. That’s because they often start to have more problems with focus and concentration, he explains.
Adults with ADHD are also more likely to use alcohol and other drugs, and at earlier ages, than people without ADHD.
5. You Had Academic Problems As A Child
If you suspect you have ADHD as an adult, an early history of ADHD symptoms — difficulty sitting still, paying attention to the teacher and focusing on your work, for example — can confirm the diagnosis.
“What adult patients will tell you over and over and over again is that they had to work twice as hard as their peers to get half as much done in school,” Dr. Wetzel says.
4. You Procrastinate (A Lot)
Do you live deadline to deadline?
“I can’t tell you how many times a patient has told me, ‘I’m the king of procrastination,’ or ‘I’m the queen of procrastination,’ because they feel like no one else can put things off like they can,” says Dr. Wetzel.
It makes sense, he adds, because when people with ADHD are under the gun and anxious, that’s when they can focus. Constant anxiety, however, can be very stressful.
3. You’re Always Losing Things
Is losing your cell phone, wallet or keys part of your daily routine? People with ADHD frequently misplace common items.
Dr. Wetzel describes ADHD as an “underpowered state of consciousness.” If you set down your keys and you’re not really paying attention, your brain doesn’t lay down a memory of the event. “It’s kind of like it never happened,” he says.
2. You Have Trouble Focusing At Work
Everyone encounters some task he doesn’t particularly enjoy, but most people are able to find a way to complete the boring aspects of their job, says de Marneffe. People with ADHD, however, have a hard time doing that.
Jobs with a lot of repetition tend to be a poor fit, she observes. Choose work that engages you and fulfills your need for novelty and variability.
1. You Like Short-Term Pleasure
Adult ADHD symptoms also include the struggle to resist short-term pleasure in exchange for long-term reward.
You can’t seem to make yourself do the things you hate to do
You have no tolerance for boredom
Tedious, menial tasks make you feel like you want to die
If you don’t see the value in it, it won’t get done
You’re controlled by the “now” – who cares about the future?
Additional Sign: You Have a Child with ADHD…
ADHD appears to have a genetic component. When one member of the family has it, there’s a 25- to 35-percent chance that someone else in the family does, too, according to the Attention Deficit Disorder Association.
When a child is diagnosed with ADHD, some adults, who may have had the same symptoms when they were children, realize that they may have always had the condition without realizing it.
Remember that if you have any emotional or mental questions, it’s important to get a thorough evaluation and diagnosis.