ADHD & ADD
Made by someone with ADHD
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders. It is usually first diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. People with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors , or be overly active.
Symptons & Criteria according to the DSM-5
Often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, at work, or with other activities.
Often has trouble holding attention on tasks or play activities.
Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly.
Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (e.g., loses focus, side-tracked).
Often has trouble organizing tasks and activities.
Often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to do tasks that require mental effort over a long period of time (such as schoolwork or homework).
Often loses things necessary for tasks and activities
Is often easily distracted
Is often forgetful in daily activities.
It is common for people with ADHD to fidget and stim due their hyperactivity. Also is very common for people with ADHD/ADD to have hyperfixations.
END or ADD
Attention Deficit Disorder
ADD displays the same symptoms of ADHD, but does not have hyperactivity as a criteria of diagnosis. People with ADD can also stim, but due to anxiety, which is also a common symptom of ADHD and ADD.
The most common psychiatric comorbidities that co-occur with ADHD and ADD in adults are depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, SUDs, Autism Spectrum Disorder and personality disorders.
People with ADD and ADHD are not dumb or slow, and they deserve respect and understanding from neurotypical people. They should not be made fun of in case they need extra help or special classes in school or if they behave differently because this is ableist.
And remember, just because you have some of the criteria, it does not mean you necessarily have either of the disorders.
But, if you meet a lot of the criteria, researched about the matter and believe you have it, but does not have the means to get a diagnosis, it is completely valid to self-diagnose!
Thank you for reading!