In adults, attention deficit disorder often looks quite different than it does in children—and its symptoms are unique for each individual.

Trouble concentrating and staying focused:      

  • Zoning out” without realizing it, even in the middle of a conversation.
  • Extreme distractibility; wandering attention makes it hard to stay on track.
  • Difficulty paying attention or focusing, such as when reading or listening to others.
  • Struggling to complete tasks, even ones that seem simple.
  • Tendency to overlook details, leading to errors or incomplete work.
  • Poor listening skills; hard time remembering conversations and following directions.


Disorganization and Forgetfulness:

  • Poor organizational skills (home, office, desk, or car is extremely messy and cluttered)
  • Tendency to procrastinate
  • Trouble starting and finishing projects
  • Chronic lateness
  • Frequently forgetting appointments, commitments, and deadlines
  • Constantly losing or misplacing things (keys, wallet, phone, documents, bills)
  • Underestimating the time it will take you to complete tasks


Struggles in controlling impulses:

  • Frequently interrupt others or talk over them
  • Have poor self-control
  • Blurt out thoughts that are rude or inappropriate without thinking
  • Have addictive tendencies
  • Act recklessly or spontaneously without regard for consequences
  • Have trouble behaving in socially appropriate ways (such as sitting still during a long meeting)


Emotional Difficulties:   

  • Sense of underachievement
  • Doesn’t deal well with frustration
  • Easily flustered and stressed out
  • Irritability or mood swings
  • Trouble staying motivated
  • Hypersensitivity to criticism
  • Short, often explosive, temper
  • How self-esteem and sense of insecurity


Hyperactivity or restlessness:

  • Feelings of inner restlessness, agitation
  • Tendency to take risks
  • Getting bored easily
  • Racing thoughts
  • Trouble sitting still; constant fidgeting
  • Craving for excitement
  • Talking excessively
  • Doing a million things at once


Counseling can help you:

  • Control impulsive behaviors
  • Manage your time and money
  • Get and stay organized
  • Boost productivity at home and work
  • Manage stress and anger
  • Communicate more clearly