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ADD Checklist for Adults

author image Eliza Martinez
Eliza Martinez has written for print and online publications. She covers a variety of topics, including parenting, nutrition, mental health, gardening, food and crafts. Martinez holds a master's degree in psychology.
ADD Checklist for Adults
ADD can cause an adult to lose items often, forget important things and become easily distracted. Photo Credit: Claudia Burlotti/Stone/Getty Images

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, many children with ADD or ADHD will continue to suffer symptoms in adulthood. Additionally, many adults who suffer from ADD do not even realize they have it. Adults with ADD often find it difficult to organize themselves and the tasks they need to complete at home or at work. Several symptoms can indicate ADD in an adult.

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Difficulty Paying Attention

The ability to focus is something with which an adult with ADD will have difficulty. This includes appearing to not be listening when spoken to, having a hard time completing tasks and avoiding activities that require a substantial amount of mental focus. ADD can also cause an adult to lose items often, forget important things and become easily distracted.

The National Institute of Mental Health says that many adults with ADD have been involved in several car accidents. A counselor can help an adult with ADD learn organizational techniques that will help alleviate these symptoms.

Hyper Behavior

ADD can result in a constant need to fidget and squirm and a general feeling of restlessness in adults. This makes it hard for them to stay in their seats at work and limits the ability to concentrate on the task at hand.

Excessive talking and the appearance of always being on the go can indicate the presence of ADD in an adult as well. These behaviors can make it difficult to get or keep a job as well as maintain relationships. Medication prescribed by a mental health professional can help an adult who has ADD reduce these symptoms.


Adult ADD can manifest itself in impulsive behaviors, which can result in interrupting or intruding on conversations or activities in which others are engaging. According to "ADDitute Magazine," these symptoms can begin to emerge around age 7 and last into adulthood. These signs will often prevent an adult from functioning in social, academic and occupational settings. Treatment can help a person control and live with these symptoms.

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