Forgetting Things and Disorganization Those that struggle with ADD/ADHD may feel their life is very chaotic. It can be a battle to just get through the day because everything feels out of control. It’s very common for those with ADD/ADHD to be disorganized and forgetful.
Individuals with ADD/ADHD often struggle with accomplishing tasks. What seems like a simple To-Do list to a normal person suddenly turns into an overwhelming mountain of things to accomplish for someone with ADD/ADHD. They may ask questions like: “Where do even I start?” “How do I prioritize the things on my list?” “Do I have everything I need to accomplish the tasks on my list?” And eventually, “Where did I put my list?!"
Those with ADD/ADHD forget things constantly. It’s normal for them to miss appointments, forget important information, and misplace objects. They may procrastinate starting a new project due to feeling overwhelmed, and also are less inclined to finish them completely. Their desk, office, car, home, etc. may be very chaotic and cluttered.
Chronic lateness is another symptom that those with ADD/ADHD may have. It’s not uncommon for individuals to lose track of time throughout the day, and not be able to account for long spans of time. They also may underestimate the time it takes to complete a task.
Continue to read this week as we talk more about symptoms of Adult ADD/ADHD. If you are noticing that many of the symptoms fit, it’s best to check with a professional to see what options may be best for you.
Written by guest author Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW
Christy is a licensed therapist at Journey to Joy Counseling in Carmel, Indiana. She specializes in Individual Counseling, Couples/Marriage Counseling, Premarital Counseling, Family Counseling, and Teen/Adolescent Counseling.