ADD, Attention Deficit Disorder, has three main characteristics:
1) POOR ATTENTION
If people with ADD are not really interested they struggle to pay attention over a period of time. This implies distractibility: the attention wonder far too easily and therefore tasks can take longer to get completed or not get completed at all. An aspect of this is forgetfulness: leave things behind, forgetting what you were actually doing etc.;
2) DEFICIENT IMPULS CONTROL
This manifest itself in the tendency to interrupt people, don't wait for your turn, impulse buying even with money you don't have. There is a sense of urgency that makes you act too quickly, before you are ready or it is appropriate. Part of this is also the capacity to go from zero to one hundred in a second on an emotional level;
3) HYPERACTIVITY OF THE BREIN
This is visible when in an everyday situation where others can simply sit still to listen/watch something, people with ADD are recognizable in the fidgeting, tapping, doodling, walking around. The body cannot easily stay still because the brain is hyperactive.
I do not do diagnosis and I do not specifically work with people who have DSM diagnoses, however, there is a growing number of people approaching my practice that shows aspects of ADD and that questions about it. There has been a lot of new discovery in how to understand and approach better ADD that may not being yet widely known. My intention is to share those views. These blog posts are written, for those asking themselves if they may have aspect of ADD and/or how to understand that better and what could be done about it. This is of course just informative and in no way can replace being diagnosed by a professional.
If you read this and watch the video,
What is the reaction you notice in yourself?
Do you have questions about it?
Does it trigger personal reflections?
I would love to hear what your answers to these questions are. If you feel like, get in touch with me: firstname.lastname@example.org