Attention Deficit Disorder tends to focus predominately on children, leaving the ADD adult population largely underestimated. Yet, the hurdles of ADD are often the same, whether in a child or an adult. Present day thinking suggests that all adults having attention deficit disorder must have had it during their childhood years. This is not necessarily true. The main difference between the ADD adult and the ADD child is that the adult typically has more sophisticated coping mechanisms. Symptoms tend to reduce as one ages and so fewer number of adults are believed to have the disorder as compared to children. Also, adults are more likely to realize that they have attention problems than do children.
Adult ADD causes the adult to experience difficulty in organizing simple everyday tasks and frequently become overwhelmed by the duties of everyday life. The ADD adult might have trouble maintaining relationships and controlling their mood. However, just as no two people have the same brain, so too, the symptoms of adult attention deficit disorder differ widely in individuals. Some may possess only the minimum symptoms required for diagnosis while others exhibit many of the traits of the disorder.
It is important that a physician rule out conditions like anxiety, depression, hypothyroidism, manic-depressions or obsessive compulsive disorder that can mimic Attention Deficit Disorder symptoms. Women should rule out pre-menopause if the Attention Deficit symptoms appear in their late 30s or 40s.
The ADD adult can find help naturally without the side effects of ADD medication treatment by incorporate diet, exercise and lifestyle modifications. Regular and vigorous exercise can be very helpful as well as meditation and incorporation of natural health supplements into the diet.