Thursday, April 08, 2010
You are never too old for ADHD
Oh, great. Well, I might have it—I have the attention span of a fruit fly these days.
Melinda Beck, WSJ, Apr 6, 2010, says attention deficit hyperactivity disorder—restlessness, impulsivity—thoughts flitting—can affect oldsters, too.
About 8% of kids may have it—and half outgrow it—so that leaves 4% of adults. Only a fourth of these people know it.
It can go along with depression, too—it’s hard to diagnose.
Some ADHD adults are charismatic and creative and can concentrate on a narrow range of activities—in other words, high functioning.
It’s a neurotransmitter problem, though, that can make life terrible for others. They screw up. They can’t keep it going. They can’t prioritize. They get in car accidents, lose things all the time.
Often they rose high in their profession, then their coping mechanisms stopped working.
There is medication and it’s—weirdly—a stimulant, which works differently in these people. The drugs can bring clarity, focus.
People with ADHD need to break tasks down into steps, manage time, keep organized.
Check out Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder at
http://chadd.org. Or http://additiudemag.com (ADDtitude Magazine). To find a test to see if you may have this, go to http://ADDcenters.com.