Could It Be ADHD?

There are a number of common symptoms and behaviours that can help identify ADHD in adults.

Challenges with attention

  • Not being able to pay attention for a period of time, especially while reading, doing paperwork, or working on things that you find boring
  • Over-focusing and being unable to refocus your attention, especially when involved in activities that you find simulating
  • Being easily distracted by things around you
  • Forgetting to complete tasks even if they are daily activities
  • Unable to pay close attention to details or making careless mistakes
  • Frequently losing necessary things

Challenges with hyperactivity

  • Fidgeting, finger drumming, leg shaking, etc.
  • A feeling of internal restlessness
  • Feeling that your mind is racing or switching channels frequently
  • Talking too much

Challenges with impulsivity

  • Talking at inappropriate times
  • Interrupting or blurting out things
  • Making impulsive decisions

Other Symptoms

Other Symptoms, behaviours, or traits that could be due to ADHD include challenges with:

  • Organizational skills (time management,missed appointments, starting numerous projects but not completing them)
  • Procrastination
  • Impatience
  • Being easily bored, tuning out while being spoken to
  • Seeking out high-risk activities
  • Mood swings, temper outbursts
  • Not able to analyze own behaviour or see effect on others
  • Low self-esteem and feelings of underachievement
  • Difficulties with social interaction
  • Erratic work history (frequent job changes, job loss, holding more than one job)
  • Less schooling
  • Choosing jobs that are more active and less detail oriented
  • Difficulty paying bills on time and managing money, making impulse purchases, running out of money, history of bankruptcy
  • Problems with driving (speeding tickets, serious accidents, license revoked, or being overly cautious when driving to compensate for attention problems)

Some other "red flags" for identifying ADHD in adults can include situations where:

  • An adult is successful but not when compared to his/her potential
  • An adult is expending more energy than others to do the same amount of work
  • An adult is using coping strategies to compensate for his/her area of weakness but still experiencing problems with his/her career and work relations or becoming a workaholic


The opinions expressed by speakers are based on their personal experiences and are not necessarily representative of those of the general population nor of Janssen, Inc.

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