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Given your range of symptoms, it might help to get a diagnosis with a therapist or psychiatrist, if you have not already. A therapist can help sort out what diagnosis you do have and can either confirm or rule out ADHD. Your medications could also be monitored and changed as needed according to your diagnosis.
It is possible you do have ADHD if you have trouble concentrating. The issue, however, is that difficult concentrating can be attributed to many other disorders, including anxiety and depression. For adults who have the disorder, it is characterized by trouble concentrating, organizing tasks, remembering information and completing work on time. Up to 10% of children are diagnosed with ADHD and 60% of those carry the disorder into adulthood.
The criteria for Adult ADHD is different than with children. Here are some common symptoms you might experience with the disorder:
Relationship problems or Marital Difficulties
Tendency to overlook details
Not paying attention during conversations, inability to listen well (in any conversation)
Medications can do wonders to deal with the disorder if you are diagnosed with it. The medications work by stimulating the pre frontal cortex of the brain. This area of the brain remains in a less mature state (ability to organize) and has trouble dealing with the impulses from the central part of the brain where wants and desires emerge. The medication simply "wakes up" the pre frontal cortex further and allows it to function as it should.
These medications do have some side effects such as possible sleep issues and changes in appetite. However, for short term use, they are usually considered safe.
If you do have ADHD, you can also use self help and support groups along with medications and therapy to help control your symptoms. Here are some resources to help:
You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?!: The Classic Self-Help Book for Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder
by Kate Kelly, Peggy Ramundo and Edward M. M.D. Hallowell
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