- Do you have problems following through with things once you begin?
- Does your mind seem to wander and you are easily distracted?
- Is being organized and on task hard to maintain?
- Are you frequently looking for things you have misplaced or can’t find even though they may be in front of you?
- Sitting still for a period of time feels like torture and is difficult to achieve?
- Always feel like you are on the go and are unable to relax?
- Find yourself interrupting others and having difficulty holding onto a thought?
- Begin doing things and find yourself losing your train of thought in the middle of it?
A positive response to many of these questions may indicate you have difficulty with attention and concentration and may be symptoms of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD or ADHD). ADD or ADHD is generally first seen and diagnosed in early childhood. Children with ADD or ADHD generally have difficulty concentrating, have a short attention span, cannot complete tasks successfully, may respond impulsively to situations, and, in cases of hyperactivity, cannot sit still. These behaviors make it difficult for these children to do well in school and this can impact their social interactions with others.
Some children and adolescents learn strategies to help them manage their symptoms, and others benefit from the addition of a medication regimen. A combination of behavioral techniques and medication is generally the most effective approach in dealing with ADD/ADHD.
While ADD/ADHD is frequently recognized as an issue that more commonly impacts children and adolescents, adults also may experience ADD/ADHD.Once a definitive diagnosis is made, adults can benefit from learning strategies to manage their behavior.
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. (Buddha)