Common adult symptoms of ADD – Trouble concentrating and staying focused
- “zoning out” without realizing it, even in the middle of a conversation
- extreme distractibility; wandering attention makes it hard to stay on track
- difficulty paying attention or focusing, such as when reading or listening to others
- struggling to complete tasks, even ones that seem simple
- tendency to overlook details, leading to errors or incomplete work
- poor listening skills; hard time remembering conversations and following directions
I display several of these symptoms and have learned to live with them. I could easily take medication to help in relieving these symptoms, but choose not to. I do not like to take prescription medications – it bothers me to have to rely on medication to manage my existence. This is how I feel for myself and by no means have these expectations of others. For my daily life struggles; I try to challenge myself to fight these ADD symptoms. Some days I succeed and other days I fail.
So how do I fight these symptoms? I recognize I have them and remember to stay attentive to my personality and behavior. Concentrating and staying focused is extremely difficult and overcoming is easy by being alone with no interruptions. Being alone with no interruptions in my world is not always an option; so I do my best to not let the noise and interruptions get to me. This is an important key to remember, I accept my symptoms, I accept there will be interruptions when I need to concentrate and I try not to let it get to me. When the interruptions occur and I respond in a negative way my day is ruined and I have failed the challenge. When responding in a positive way, I have succeeded in my challenge.
I try to stay focused on what I need to overcome, focus on listening when someone is talking to me, focus on completing tasks, focus on concentrating and focus on focusing.
I understand taking medications would diminish the symptoms and then I would not have such a challenge to take on. But without the challenge I will not become stronger to overcome the symptoms.