I may as well make this a topic, as I've been thinking allot lately. Just recently, I have been very late in handing an assignment in for uni and it hit me that allot of the stuff that I've been going through workwise since I was young may be due to ADD. Just recently I happened upon this website and I realized that most of those symptoms matched me throughout my life. This isn't an excuse, just an observation. Thus I thought I would compile the symptoms together and this is what I got: I'll finish it later when I've had a decent sleep.
Trouble concentrating and staying focused.
This to be honest is my main one, and I fear may put me at a disadvantage at university if something is not done about it. I have allot of difficulty keeping my attention on any work whatsoever, and always have done. I can literally spend a day inside university and not get anything done. When I was in A levels, I could sit at the computer trying to revise and not get anything done either because I would get distracted by the smallest thing and time flies past. This is hence a reason why BTEC was successful, because the essays that they set me where easy and I could do them the night before without planning or much thought into them. I do however pay attention to others and not drift off as it would be very impolite not to, so that is not a symptom of mine I do not think.
I do struggle to complete tasks simple or complicated, as if what I am set doesn’t interest me it usually gets left to the last minute or something like that whereas if there is something that I am interested in I will become very absorbed in it. Hyperfocus usually sets in when I am interested in a certain topic, I will put down everything that I am currently doing no matter how important it is and focus on that topic even if it is irrelevant. Recent topic is probably been cooking.
I do overlook details very much so unless it is to do with the piano, but I don’t know the extent of that yet. I think I’ve got that more in check, as when I was younger I would have allot of incomplete work.
Hard time following directions that is true, which is why I prefer everything to be written down so I can follow it. Also, easier to remember conversations on Facebook than face to face.
poor organizational skills (home, office, desk, or car is extremely messy and cluttered)- My room is cluttered but I keep all spaces used by others very neat clean and tidy. I've never organized my work much to the frustration of my teachers. My A level folder was just one massive pile of papers.
tendency to procrastinate- Definitely this. I do everything right at the last moment.
trouble starting and finishing projects- Definitely this
chronic lateness- Not really, although I do need to improve. I am late quite often but only by a bit.
frequently forgetting appointments, commitments, and deadlines- Something I used to have quite a problem with but I’m getting more organized so I don’t forget as much
constantly losing or misplacing things (keys, wallet, phone, documents, bills)- Again, getting much better at this. All essential items are kept on the piano in my room thus I can’t lose them
underestimating the time it will take you to complete tasks- Definitely this.
I do believe that when I was younger I used to have this, as I used to be hyperactive and never thought about things before I spoke. That is entirely the reverse now. I don’t believe I show any signs of impulsivity. I can be addicted to stuff for a long period of time with regards to food. I had cheese cake once a day for more than a year and a half. If there’s something that I like, I won’t get bored of it.
Hyperactivity or restleness
feelings of inner restlessness, agitation- not sure about that one, I don’t quite know what they mean by that
racing thoughts- Not sure what they mean
trouble sitting still; constant fidgeting- Definitely. 100% with that one, I’m always moving about.