What Is Adult ADD?
Attention deficit disorder, also known as ADD, is a name given to a group of symptoms that affect concentration in both children and adults. It affects a person’s ability to focus and leads a lack of concentration and ability to function in a “normal” way. It can do everything from cause simple mood swings, to behavioral problems in both children and adults. Although most people think that children are only diagnosed, it can and is found heavily in adults as well.
Diagnosing ADD in children is much harder then diagnosing it in adults. Children are often diagnosed early in school when they show an inability to follow directions, remember even the simplest of information, organize their day, or complete work within the time limits set for them. For adults, they can describe their feelings more accurately, and even pinpoint when it may have started. For children this is not as easy. Also, it is the point that the adult actively seeks help in order to be diagnosed. They may find themselves unable to complete a days worth of work without feeling restless and unfocused. Although they may be looking for another diagnosis, a trained professional can narrow down ADD very easily.
The chaos that an adult feels in their mind and in their behavior is readily apparent to them. Since the symptoms mostly start with the monitoring of their own behavior they become more aware that not everyone acts or think like them. It is sense of self regulation that they simply do not have. However, once diagnosed, self regulation can be much easier as they know what they need to do to better them selves. It becomes more about control and less about feeling out of control. There are ways to increase their memory, allow them to listen more at work, and ways to enhance their motivation.
ADD in adults is predominately treated with prescription medication, but as the case with children, many adults are being overmedicated by over zealous doctors that are trying to “fix them.” While in certain instances, prescription medications may be warranted, for a good amount of the population herbal or natural medicine can be looked at as an alternative to prescription drugs. It is the simple natural fixes such as making lifestyle changes such as eating better, getting more sleep, and exercising regularly that can make a world of difference. Herbal medicines are also being used to help with memory loss and loss of focus. Natural remedies such as relaxation techniques are also helpful for people looking for a more natural approach to treating their ADD.
Whether you want to change your overall feeling of chaos or improve the distracted feeling you have all day, it is important to take control of your life the natural way.