(Adult Attention Deficit Disorder / Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
If you experience more than 10 points on this adult ADD self symptom test, Attention Deficit Disorder is likely present.
- An internal sense of anxiety
- Impulsive spending habits
- Frequent distractions during sex
- Frequently misplace the car keys, your purse or wallet or other day-to-day items
- Lack of attention to detail
- Family history of ADD, learning problems, mood disorders or substance abuse problems
- Trouble following the proper channels or chain of commands
- An attitude of "read the directions when all else fails"
- Frequent traffic violations
- Impulsive job changes
- Trouble maintaining an organized work and/or home environment
- Chronically late or always in a hurry
- Frequently overwhelmed by tasks of daily living
- Poor financial management and frequent late bills
- Spending excessive time at work due to inefficiencies
- Inconsistent work performance
- Sense of underachievement
- Frequent mood swings
- Trouble sustaining friendships or intimate relationships
- A need to seek high stimulation activities
- Tendency toward exaggerated outbursts
- Transposing numbers, letters, words
- Tendency toward being argumentative
- Addictive personality toward food, alcohol, drugs, work and/or gambling
- Tendency to worry needlessly and endlessly
- "Thin-skinned" - having quick or exaggerated responses to real or imagined slights
By incorporating some of the following tips into your everyday life, you can develop timemanagement strategies:
- Break things down. Reduce projects that seem overwhelming into smaller, simpler tasks. Then do them in order, step by step.
- Use a day planner. Write down your daily goals. Keep it with you so you can refer to it when needed and check things off when finished.
- Set routines. Get small tasks, like paying bills or checking mail, out of the way first. This can keep them from becoming bigger tasks.
- Setting priorities is key. When you write down your tasks for the day, rank them numerically to remind yourself which ones should be completed first.
- Don't overload. Be realistic about how long it takes to complete tasks and how much work you can take on.
- Use a timer. Set your cell phone or computer to remind you when it's time to move on to your next task.
- Set aside a time for phone calls and e-mail. You'll eliminate two major distractions if you have an appointed time to return calls and messages.
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