restlessness that feeling of being driven, energy pent-up hate traffic hate lineups standing at an ATM machine.
When we are on the phone we’re pacing when we’re brainstorming we have to get up and move around we often have to go out and just burn off energy, and then there’s the impulsivity which is the saying yes to everything blurting things out sort of acting without thinking and everybody has those right everybody’s a slightly impulsive or impulsive to a degree has problems with in attention and attention especially these days and his restlessness is restless, but this is really a spectrum so it’s like sadness right we’ve all been sad but there’s a difference between sad and grieving and clinical depression
It’s a major difference. So when we’re looking at ADHD on the bell curve you know if this was height this would be three feet this would be seven feet and that would be average five foot eight most people here a few way at the age well with ADHD we’re talking the top four percent one in 25 people these are people who are extreme in terms of restlessness uneven attention impulsivity go-go-go. What’s interesting is it’s not just that the statistics that that these people are suffering and they’re going to their doctor. They’re concerned they don’t come in saying I think you have ADHD they say I’m depressed I’m anxious I’m overloaded I can’t focus I have terrible memory I’m drinking too much or I’m smoking too much I’m addicted to caffeine or cannabis.
There’s this feeling they have that they have low self-esteem even if they’re really successful they’ve been through bankruptcies divorces they have a higher rate of traffic accidents seven times the rate of multiple car accidents where you’re at fault. If your teenager is ADHD you want to know. Higher rates of STDs and unplanned pregnancies because we’re impulsive we don’t think things through which also lead they can lead to higher rates of suicide.
We drop out more there’s that underemployed turn they use means you’re working in the job that’s kind of beneath you because ADHD people are often very very bright. So there’s this feeling of never living up to your potential your paperwork’s a mess your finances are never great you’ve got lots started but not much finished. You’re great at starting and as they say you’re self-medicating
Well there is a test for ADHD actually that you can take it is called the adult self reporting scale it’s a really fast ADHD test
I think it’s 18 questions altogether and the first six are really juicy you’ll find it on our website TotallyADD.com in the tools section you just sign up become a member it’s free no obligation but it gives you access to all kinds of really great stuff scores of videos and scores of experts the ASRs the adult self reporting scales in under the tools take that test
that will tell you if you have ADHD that will catch it and say yeah this this could well be a factor.