Common adult symptoms of ADD – Disorganization and Forgetfulness
- poor organizational skills (home, office, desk, or car is extremely messy and cluttered)
- tendency to procrastinate
- trouble starting and finishing projects
- chronic lateness
- frequently forgetting appointments, commitments, and deadlines
- constantly losing or misplacing things (keys, wallet, phone, documents, bills)
- underestimating the time it will take you to complete tasks
Unfortunately, I display more than half these symptoms with some getting better and others becoming worse. I deal with these symptoms by remembering they are a part of my thinking and my behavior and I try to not allow these symptoms to upset me. For example, I always underestimate the time it takes me to complete a task. When a situation occurs that I planned something and it took longer than expected, I would feel extreme stress and frustration and then anger, all resulting with me in a bad mood. Now when planning a project, I remind myself the task will take longer than I expect and therefore I put no time estimate on the completing the task. But by putting no time estimate, then I have a tendency to procrastinate and trouble finishing the project.
My organization skills have worsened – I believe this because I am no longer working and therefore have more time on my hands to know what to do with it – I have become a little lazy. The good thing about all the symptoms for ‘Disorganization and Forgetfulness’ is they really no longer affect me in a negative manner. Many of these ‘Disorganization and Forgetfulness’ symptoms I experience often, but I do not allow them control me to a point of frustration. I remind myself I may not be able to control the symptoms but I can control my response to these symptoms or at least I try.
I wish I could say this for all my ADD & OCD symptoms.