Attention deficit disorder (ADD) is a condition where the person is unable to focus or concentrate. This article will give you information on symptoms of ADD observed in women.
Attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are the two terms used to define a condition where the person has poor attention skills and impulsive behavior. This disorder is usually observed in toddlers and children, and it subsides when they mature. In some cases, the disorder continues until adulthood.
Peculiarly in the earlier times, ADD was thought to be prevalent only in males. However, research and studies have pointed out that this condition is also observed in women. When suffering from this disorder, some women appear hyperactive while others are extremely sluggish. The exact cause of this disorder is unknown.
Several factors like genetics, injury or trauma to the brain, nutrition, etc., are believed to be the potential causes. In most of the cases, it is found that women diagnosed with ADD have been suffering from it since their childhood, but were never diagnosed. This is because of the fact that usually, in our society, it is believed that females are always organized and are expected to be so. In most of the cases, it has been found that those who are claimed clumsy and restless are actually suffering from ADD.
As mentioned above, inability in paying attention is the most prominent symptom. Women suffering from this condition feel as if their mind is elsewhere, and they cannot see, cannot hear or remember things occurring in their surroundings. They get distracted very easily and have an inability to focus on a thing or a conversation for more than a couple of minutes. Hyperactivity is one symptom that may or may not be observed in all cases.
Following are the other symptoms:
- Sleep disorders
- Poor sense of time
- Hypersensitivity to touch, smell, noise
- Emotional excesses
- Mood swings
- Being self-absorbed
- Poor coordination
- Lack of organization
- Inability to make quick decisions
- Inability to focus
- Low self-esteem
Factors like lack of organization, inability to focus, and manage things in time leads to depression, resulting in a low self-esteem. Often these people begin with one task, get quickly distracted, and find it difficult to complete the task. Some modification in the behavior and working pattern can help to overcome this disorder. There are also medications that can improve concentration and reduce hyperactivity. You need to consult the doctor for the same.
It is essential for women or their family members to identify the symptoms and get this condition diagnosed as early as possible in order to learn methods to cope up with it. Take care!
Disclaimer: This article is meant only to provide information. It is not to be used as a substitute for doctor’s consultation.