Trouble Staying on Task Individuals with ADD get bored very easily and will jump from one task to another without finishing the task before changing to the other one. If this person is involved in a task that seems boring to them, they can be easily distracted by any type of outer-stimuli such as noises, items within touchable reach and anything visual/moving objects.
Since individuals with ADD get easily distracted, it’s hard for them to stay focused on the task they’re trying to complete. This can lead to:
Trying to complete projects very quickly vs paying attention to important details
A wandering mind during work meetings, conversations with people or during classes. This leads to poor memory and feeling at a loss for direction.
Being Too Focused
On the opposite end of the spectrum, is a person who can get completely and totally absorbed in the details of an activity. This type of person will get so engrossed in an activity that they will lose track of time and can spend hours upon hours in the activity.
Generally one can think of a teenager spending hours playing video games. As an adult, it can be being engrossed in a book, movies, TV shows, the internet, hobbies, etc. It can be hard to get this person’s attention as they become completely oblivious to most things separate from the activity they’re engaged in.
The attraction to getting absorbed into an activity is that it’s very stimulating for the person and distracts them from the boredom they generally experience.
Notice yourself another person yet? Keep reading for more signs of ADD/ADHD. If you do notice some signs, please contact a professional to formally diagnose you and help you get the best treatment for your symptoms.
Written by: Tamara Portee MA, LMHC, LCAC
*Tamara enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, & couples counseling at Imagine Hope. We also specialize in family counseling, child & adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield & Fishers.