Do i have an attention disorder
Adult Symptom Assessment, Scientific Results
Do I Have ADHD? What Are Common ADD and ADHD Symptoms In Adults?
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that impacts the prefrontal cortex of the brain — the area responsible for executive functions, emotional regulation, and impulse control, among other things. Most children with ADHD become adults with ADHD because, though symptoms shift and change with age, they rarely go away all together.
ADHD in adults looks and acts different than ADHD in children, but clinicians’ diagnostic criteria — as outlined in the DSM-5 — does not differentiate adult vs. childhood symptoms, which sacrifices the accuracy of assessments. Take this self-test to learn more about the ADHD and ADD symptoms in adults, and then take what you learn to a mental health care professional for evaluation.
Adult ADHD Test
This ADHD symptom test was adapted from the ASRS Screener developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Workgroup on Adult ADHD
How often do you have difficulty unwinding and relaxing when you have time to yourself?
How often do you put things off until the last minute?
When you’re in a conversation, how often do you find yourself finishing the sentence of the people you are talking to before they can finish it themselves?
How often do you have difficulty concentrating on what people say to you, even when they are speaking to you directly?
How often do you depend on others to keep your life in order and attend to details?
How often do you leave your seat in meetings or other situations in which you are expected to remain seated?
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This questionnaire is designed to determine whether you demonstrate symptoms similar to those of adults with ADHD and is intended for adults ages 18 and older. If you answer yes to a significant number of these questions, consult a mental health practitioner. An accurate diagnosis can only be made through clinical evaluation by a trained mental health professional.
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ADHD Test for Adults: Next Steps
ADD is often hereditary; many children with ADHD have a parent with the condition. However, not all parents are diagnosed because ADHD was not well understood (particularly symptoms in women) 20, 30, or 40 years ago. As scientific research grows and our understanding of symptoms such as rejection sensitive dysphoria grows, more adults are pursuing an ADHD diagnosis and treatment. Treatment, with a stimulant medication like amphetamine (i.e. Adderall) or methylphenidate (i.e. Concerta or Ritalin) — and with an ADHD food plan, brain training, exercise, and therapy — can be transformative at any age.
1. Take This Test: The ADHD Test for Women
2. Take This Test: Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria in Adults
3. Take This Test: Do I Have ADD? Inattentive Symptom Test
4. Learn More: About ADHD in Adults
5. Download 6 Steps to a Thorough ADHD Evaluation
6. Take This Test: The WebMD ADHD Test
7. Research Your ADHD Treatment Options
8. Consult Our Post-Diagnosis Guide for Adults
9. Find ADHD Specialists Near You
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Healthy Food Rules for ADHD
An ADD Diet: Healthy Food for ADHD Brains
The right foods and home remedies can have a powerful, positive effect on your cognition, mood, memory, and behavior. The wrong foods can worsen symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). That’s why it’s important to note the best foods for an ADHD diet.
In two studies12 done in Holland, Lidy Pelsser, Ph.D., demonstrated that an elimination diet (eliminating sugar, gluten, dairy, eggs, certain meats, and food dyes) improved symptoms in 70 percent of children with ADHD. (That was without eating some of the best foods for ADHD, the powerful brain-focusing foods that I will tell you about later.) As someone who knows what it’s like to grow up in an ADHD household filled with drama, this little food fact got my attention.
Everything you put on the end of your fork matters. When you eat to improve your health, you improve the quality of your life. Food impacts neurotransmitter levels of serotonin and dopamine, which play a big role in how you feel and perceive the world. Serotonin, for instance, is responsible for mood, sleep regulation, and appetite control.
When levels of this neurotransmitter drop, the results can be mood disorders, anxiety, and negativity. This may be why we crave carbohydrates such as pasta, bread, and chocolate, all of which raise serotonin levels temporarily. Complex carbs, such as apples and sweet potatoes, work the same magic, but don’t set you up for more cravings.
Likewise, dopamine helps to increase focus and motivation. Eating small amounts of protein throughout the day can boost dopamine and stabilize blood sugar.
It is critical to make sure that the food you eat is loaded with nutrients that your body is able to properly digest and absorb. At the Amen Clinic, we created nine simple food guidelines to help you heal your brain and body with home remedies for ADHD.
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ADD Diet Rule 1: Eat high-quality calories, but not too many.
The quality of your food affects how your brain and body work. Try to eat high-quality food, and be careful with calories. Impulsivity leads many people diagnosed with ADHD to eat the wrong things too often. In fact, impulsivity is associated with unhealthy weight gain, which has been shown to be bad for the brain. Eat only high-quality calories. One cinnamon roll contains 720 calories and a small quiche more than 1,000 calories while a 400-calorie salad made of spinach, salmon, blueberries, apples, walnuts, and red bell peppers will increase your energy and, maybe, make you smarter.
It’s not as simple as calories in, calories out. Some calories adversely affect your hormones, your taste buds, and your health. Eating sugar and processed food, even in small amounts, leads to craving more food and feeling less energetic. You can eat more if you eat healthy, high-quality food that gives you energy and turns on the hormones that affect metabolism.
ADD Diet Rule 2: Drink plenty of water.
Your brain is 80 percent water. Anything that dehydrates it, such as too much caffeine or alcohol, impairs your cognition and judgment. Drink plenty of water every day.
To know whether you are drinking enough water for your brain, a good general rule is to drink half your weight in ounces per day. If you are significantly obese, don’t drink more than 120 ounces a day. If you are an athlete, make sure to replenish electrolytes after the game or working out. Cutting out sugary drinks and juice eliminates about 400 calories a day from the average American diet. That allows you to either eat more healthy food or eliminates a lot of calories, if you are trying to shed pounds.
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ADD Diet Rule 3: Eat high-quality, lean protein.
It is important to start each day with protein to boost your focus and concentration. Protein helps balance your blood sugar, increases focus, and gives your brain the necessary building blocks for brain health. Think of it as medicine, and take it in small doses. Recent studies3 show that consuming large amounts of protein at one time can cause oxidative stress (a problem that burdens your body and brain), making you feel sick.
Great sources of protein include wild fish, skinless turkey or chicken, beans (eat them like a condiment, not too often or too much), raw nuts, and vegetables such as broccoli and spinach. I use spinach instead of lettuce in my salads for a nutrition boost. Protein powders can also be a good source, but read the labels. Whey protein contains casein, which is an excitotoxin in the brain, and can be overly stimulating for some people. Many companies put sugar and other unhealthful ingredients in their powders. My personal preference is pea and rice protein blends.
ADD Diet Rule 4: Eat smart carbs.
Eat carbohydrates that do not spike your blood sugar and are high in fiber, such as those found in vegetables and fruits, like blueberries and apples. Carbohydrates are not the enemy; they are essential to your health. Bad carbohydrates — ones that have been stripped of nutritional value, such as sugar and simple carbs — are the problem.
Sugar is not your friend. It increases inflammation in your body (which leads to inflammation in the brain, as well) and erratic brain cell firing. Sugar gets you hooked, and perhaps plays a role in aggression. In a recent study, children who were given sugar every day showed a significantly higher risk for violence later in life. The less sugar in your life, the better your life will be.
Get to know the Glycemic Index (GI). It rates carbohydrates according to their effects on blood sugar. Carbs are ranked on a scale of one to 100+ (glucose is 100). Low-glycemic foods, as you would imagine, have a lower number. This means they do not spike your blood sugar, and are generally healthier for you. High-glycemic foods have a higher number; they quickly elevate your blood sugar, and are not as healthy for you. In general, I like to stay with foods that have a GI rating under 60.
Eating a diet that is filled with low-glycemic foods will lower your blood glucose levels, decrease cravings, and help you focus.
When eating carbs, choose those that are high in fiber. Experts recommend eating 25 to 35 grams of fiber a day, but studies suggest that most people fall short of that. Boost your fiber by eating lots of vegetables and a little fruit. Think of legumes as you would a condiment. You can add fiber to smoothies, but don’t use grain-based fiber. My favorite types of fiber supplements are inulin or glucomannan. When reading a food label, you want to look for more than 5 grams of fiber and fewer than 5 grams of sugar per serving.
ADD Diet Rule 5: Focus on healthy fats.
Good fats are essential to your health. Essential fatty acids are called “essential” for a reason. The solid weight of your brain is 60 percent fat (after all the water is removed). When the medical establishment recommended that we eliminate fat from our diets, we got fat.
You want to eliminate bad fats from your meals — trans fats, fried fats, and fat from cheaply raised, industrially farmed animals that are fed corn and soy. Fats found in pizza, ice cream, and cheeseburgers disrupt the hormones that send signals to the brain to tell it you’re full so you don’t stop. Focus on healthy fats, especially those that contain omega-3 fatty acids; some popular omega 3 foods are salmon, sardines, avocados, walnuts, chia seeds, and dark green leafy vegetables.
ADD Diet Rule 6: Eat from the rainbow.
Eat foods that reflect the colors of the rainbow, such as blueberries, pomegranates, yellow squash, and red bell peppers. They boost the antioxidant levels in your body and help keep your brain young.
I’m not talking about Skittles, jelly beans, or M&Ms. Nor do I mean grape jelly, mustard (which contains food dye and sometimes gluten), or ketchup, which is loaded with sugar. These highly processed, sugar-filled foods have no place in your pantry if you are trying to use food to heal your brain.
ADD Diet Rule 7: Herbs and spices, good home remedies to cook with.
Some herbs and spices are so powerful that you could keep them in your medicine cabinet instead of your kitchen cabinet.
- Turmeric, found in curry, contains a chemical that has been shown to decrease the plaque in the brain thought to be responsible for Alzheimer’s disease.4
- In several studies5, a saffron extract was found to be as effective as antidepressant medication.
- Scientific evidence has shown that rosemary, thyme, and sage help boost memory.6
- Cinnamon has been shown to help improve attention and blood sugar regulation7. It is high in antioxidants and is a natural aphrodisiac.
- Garlic and oregano boost blood flow to the brain8.
- The hot spicy taste of ginger, cayenne, and black pepper comes from gingerols, capsaicin, and piperine, compounds that help boost metabolism9.
ADD Diet Rule 8: Make sure your food is clean.
Whenever you can, eat organically grown or raised foods. Pesticides used in commercial farming can accumulate in your brain and body, even though the levels in each food may be low. Also, eat hormone-free, antibiotic-free meat from animals that are free-range and grass-fed. Grass-fed bison and beef are 30 percent lower in palmitic acid — the saturated fat associated with heart disease — than industrially raised beef (fed corn, soy, and pharmaceuticals, and restricted in movement).
It is critical to know and understand what you are eating. You are not only what you eat, you are also what the animals you eat ate. In addition, eliminate food additives, preservatives, and artificial dyes and sweeteners. To do so, start reading food labels. If you do not know what is in a food item or product, don’t eat it. Would you buy something if you did not know how much it cost?
Fish is a great source of healthy protein and fat, but it is important to know about the mercury levels in fish. Here are a couple of general rules to guide you:
1) The larger the fish, the more mercury it probably contains, so go for smaller varieties.
2) From the safe fish choices, eat a variety of fish, preferably those highest in omega-3s, like wild Alaskan salmon, sardines, anchovies, and Pacific halibut.
Be mindful of pesticide levels in fruits and vegetables. Foods with the highest levels are: celery, peaches, apples, blueberries, sweet bell peppers, cucumbers, cherries, collard greens, kale, grapes, green beans, strawberries, nectarines, spinach, potatoes.
Foods with the lowest levels of pesticide residues are: onions, pineapple, sweet peas (frozen), cabbage, mushrooms, eggplant, avocado, kiwi fruit, broccoli, watermelon, cantaloupe, sweet corn (frozen), asparagus, bananas, papaya, grapefruit.
ADD Diet Rule 9: Eliminate problem foods.
If you’re having trouble with focus, mood, energy, memory, weight, blood sugar, or blood pressure, eliminate the foods that might be causing trouble, especially wheat and any other gluten-containing grain or food, dairy, soy, and corn.
Did you know that gluten makes some people emotionally unstable? There are reports of people having psychotic episodes when they’re exposed to gluten. When these people eliminate wheat and other gluten sources, their stomachs and brains function better.
We have many stories of patients who lose weight and improve symptoms of brain fog, irritability, eczema, and irritable bowel syndrome when they eliminate gluten from their diet.
One of our patients became violent whenever he ate MSG. What’s worse, MSG is not required to be listed on a label unless it is a single food additive. It can be disguised by being added in with other ingredients.
Children with ADHD and autism often feel and behave better when we put them on elimination diets that get rid of wheat, dairy, processed foods, sugar and sugar alternatives, food dyes, and additives.
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Excerpted from the Healing ADD Through Food Cookbook (CD-ROM), by TANA AMEN, RN, BSN. Copyright 2013.
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2 Pelsser, Lidy M. J., et al. “A Randomised Controlled Trial Into the Effects of Food on ADHD.” European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, vol. 18, no. 1, 2008, pp. 12–19., doi:10.1007/s00787-008-0695-7.
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4 Mishra, Shrikant, and Kalpana Palanivelu. “The Effect of Curcumin (Turmeric) on Alzheimer’s Disease: An Overview.” Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology, vol. 11, no. 1, 2008, p. 13., doi:10.4103/0972-2327.40220.
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6 “Herbs That Can Boost Your Mood and Memory. ” Northumbria University Newcastle News, Northumbria University Newcastle, 29 Apr. 2016, www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/news-events/news/2016/04/herbs-that-can-boost-your-mood-and-memory/.
7 Rao, Pasupuleti Visweswara, and Siew Hua Gan. “Cinnamon: A Multifaceted Medicinal Plant.” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 2014, 2014, pp. 1–12., doi:10.1155/2014/642942.
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9 Mansour, Muhammad S., et al. “Ginger Consumption Enhances the Thermic Effect of Food and Promotes Feelings of Satiety Without Affecting Metabolic and Hormonal Parameters in Overweight Men: A Pilot Study.” Metabolism, vol. 61, no. 10, 2012, pp. 1347–1352., doi:10.1016/j.metabol.2012.03.016.
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Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurological-behavioral developmental disorder usually diagnosed in childhood. However, in most cases, the symptoms of this disease persist for life and require treatment in adults.
The symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in adults are similar to those in children. Adults with ADHD usually have difficulty concentrating. They find it difficult to concentrate on boring, monotonous work and keep material in their working memory for a long time. Such people usually find it difficult to restrain their impulsiveness. nine0003
This disorder always develops from birth, but it is not always correctly diagnosed in childhood or not detected at all.
A person suffering from ADHD is born with a pathology of neurodevelopment - a delay in the development of certain areas of the brain responsible for concentration, memory and restraint of impulsivity. The formation of these parts of the brain occurs in each person with ADHD at their own pace. For some, they are fully formed by the age of 16, for someone by the age of 30, and for some, the development of these parts of the brain never reaches the optimal level. nine0003
ADHD never appears in adulthood. This disorder always develops from birth, but it is not always correctly diagnosed in childhood or not detected at all. The diagnosis is usually made at 7-8 years of age. If the right treatment is given at this age, there is a high chance that by the age of 16, the child will stop taking medication and be able to cope with cognitive tasks on his own. As a result of working with specialists, the child will develop areas of the brain responsible for the symptoms, and he will need to take drugs only in exceptional cases, for example, before an exam. nine0003
How to treat ADHD in children?
If a person is diagnosed with ADHD in childhood, he grows up with the understanding that he has a problem. A person realizes that there are things that are difficult for him, and with the help of psychotherapy and special training, he constantly works on this. If the treatment is positive, by the age of 16 the child has enough skills to perform monotonous work and be focused without medication. This is an ideal scenario for a person with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. In adulthood, such a person does not need constant treatment, but can only occasionally take medication. There are also cases when a person suffering from ADHD has such a high cognitive potential, genetically embedded in him, that until adulthood this helps him cope with difficult tasks without resorting to treatment. nine0003
Like any drug aimed at treating a mental disorder, Ritalin has many side effects.
Patients with ADHD, who were not treated in childhood, often cannot be professionally realized or rise above a certain position. Very often, such people are aware of their abilities, but with all their efforts they cannot achieve their plans due to the inability to keep their attention. Sometimes they make mistakes even in very simple and routine activities. There is a strong possibility that with quality treatment in childhood, such a person would have had the opportunity to achieve much higher professional or academic results. nine0003
To be diagnosed and diagnosed, an adult patient needs to meet with a psychiatrist and undergo computer testing. The test shows how a person performs various tasks on attentiveness and impulsivity. After conducting these checks, the psychiatrist makes a diagnosis and prescribes treatment.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in adults is usually treated with medication. The most effective drug that is used in the treatment of this disorder is Ritalin. This drug and the drugs that are part of its group have been on the market for a long time, and many studies confirm their effectiveness. Like any drug aimed at treating a mental disorder, Ritalin has many side effects. Therefore, it is very important to choose a medicine, taking into account the individual characteristics of the patient. The course of drug treatment is selected depending on the lifestyle and reactions of the human body. nine0003
After the start of treatment, a person begins to experience much less difficulties in solving problems that were previously given to him with difficulty.
As an additional treatment method, the specialist may suggest biofeedback and neurofeedback. This technique helps to capture brain activity in real time, improve the patient's cognitive function and reduce the symptoms of the disorder. With the help of special electrodes, the device reads information about the work and activity of the brain and translates these data into physiological indicators. Through brain activity, the patient directs the game on the screen and thus learns and improves his cognitive functions. Unfortunately, at the moment there is not enough data confirming the 100% effectiveness of this technique for adults. For children with ADHD, with weekly training, this technique gives very tangible results. It can be assumed that after 2-3 years of neurofeedback and biofeedback treatment, an adult will need to take less Ritalin than before treatment. However, there are no studies to date to support this assumption. nine0003
Why do we need a psychotherapist?
A person suffering from ADHD in adulthood must take drugs throughout his life. Medicines enable the patient to realize himself in the cognitive sphere. After the start of treatment, a person begins to experience much less difficulties in solving problems that were previously given to him with difficulty. The need for ADHD treatment in adulthood depends on the area of activity of the person. For example, someone who performs fairly simple work that is not associated with complex cognitive tasks does not need to take drugs. And for people who solve multilevel tasks in everyday life, drugs can be very useful. nine0003
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Treatment of ADHD in adults
Rehabilitation clinic "A NEW DAY" specializes in the treatment of adults with ADHD. We have developed and effectively applied a set of rehabilitation measures for ADHD. nine0004
Each patient has his own doctor - a neurologist. He knows everything about the patient and his disease, if necessary, he can make adjustments to the course of treatment at any stage. The main thing is the result. At the end of the course of treatment, individually developed recommendations are issued.
Treatment is always complex
Taking into account the variant of the course, the age of the patient, the severity of manifestations, the most appropriate methods and their combinations are selected:
To correct motor activity and impulsivity, special methods of exercise therapy (LFK), stabilometry with biofeedback (BFB) are used.
In everyday life, ADHD patients are not recommended to engage in those sports that involve a competitive nature and have a pronounced emotional component, for example, martial arts, team games. Useful jogging, swimming (non-competitive), cycling, skiing.
To improve the psychological and emotional state, reduce anxiety, overcome depression, sleep disorders, various methods of psychotherapy are used. The choice of a technique suitable for a particular patient is carried out by a psychologist or psychotherapist.
Relaxation techniques: special relaxation massages, relaxation sessions, medical treatment.
Cognitive training is used for attention deficit. Acupuncture (IRT) is traditionally used to restore the regulation of many organs, including the brain. nine0004
Translingual neurostimulation (TLNS) is an effect on the brain through the stimulation of tongue receptors. This is an advanced innovative technique, most effectively used in the treatment of diseases of the central nervous system, and as we know, ADHD belongs to such diseases. The use of TLNS allows you to restore the regulation of excitation-inhibition processes in a short time, which ultimately leads to an improvement in the course of ADHD, the best psychological and motor correction. In addition, TLNS has a positive effect on cognitive functions, such as concentration and memory, improves sleep, allowing the body to restore its neurotransmitter stores and have a good rest. nine0004
Continuity and recurrence
ADHD has a favorable course when properly treated. It is important to maintain the results achieved. To do this, at discharge, we give detailed individually developed recommendations. As long as there is any residual symptomatology, courses of treatment should be repeated, as a rule, 2-3 times a year.
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Attention deficit disorder in adults
ADHD is a childhood-onset neurological behavioral disorder characterized by difficulty concentrating and maintaining attention, excessive motor activity (hyperactivity) and incontinence (impulsivity).
In recent years, the frequency of ADHD has increased, including among adults. It used to be thought that by adolescence, the symptoms of ADHD would significantly improve or go away. However, now these ideas have changed: in 30-70% of cases, ADHD persists into adulthood. Most often this is due to insufficiently effective treatment in childhood. nine0004
More about ADHD
All processes occurring in the nervous system are based on two oppositely directed mechanisms: excitation and inhibition. Normally they are balanced. However, the formation of the nervous system does not occur immediately after birth. The brain is mainly formed before the age of 8 years, but finally only by the age of 25. Therefore, in children, arousal and inhibition often get out of control, in some cases leading to ADHD. Over time, the brain matures and the symptoms of ADHD improve or go away on their own. But even in an adult, cognitive, behavioral, and motor
disorders resulting from ADHD. That is why the prevalence of ADHD in adults, although it has increased in recent years, still remains much less than in children.
In general, the manifestations in children and adults do not differ, but there are features.
First, if a child does not have ADHD, then an adult will not develop this disease. Therefore, ADHD in adults is not a separate disease, but disorders that have persisted since childhood.
Secondly, in adults, attention disorders prevail over manifestations of hyperactivity. It is difficult for such people to concentrate and maintain attention, so many activities that require concentration may not be available to them. Hyperactivity can be manifested by restlessness, so sedentary sedentary work is not suitable for them. nine0004 Impulsivity can be manifested by conflicts in the family and at work.
And thirdly, the presence of ADHD in adulthood requires careful examination to exclude other disorders, incl. mental illness.
Manifestations of ADHD depend on the course of the disease.
Types of ADHD in adults
With a predominance of attention deficit disorder (deficit)
With a predominance of hyperactivity
Mixed version of the ADHD
Symptoms of ADHD in adults
Symptoms of inattention (in adults - at least 5 symptoms for at least 6 months):
- Inability to concentrate on details, error
- Inability to hold attention for a long time
- Often one gets the impression that he is not listening to spoken speech
- Inability to follow instructions, algorithms, for example, fulfill conditions tasks
- Resistance to getting involved in tasks, avoiding or active resistance
- Frequent loss of things, especially those necessary to complete tasks
- Easy distractibility to extraneous stimuli or thoughts (“hovering” in thoughts)
- Routine forgetfulness (errands, chores, being late)
Symptoms of hyperactivity (in adults, at least 5 symptoms for at least 6 months):
- Constant movements in the hands, feet, fidgeting in a chair
- Getting up from a place
- Inability to sit still
- Inability to pass time calmly
- Constantly in motion, as if “wound up”, as if “attached a motor”
- Answers a question without listening to the question itself
- Difficulty waiting in line