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By adulthood, ADHD can include forgetfulness, financial problems, addiction, anger issues, overeating, interrupting, divorce, time management, and completing projects or meeting deadlines.
RICK GREEN: Okay, so we’re hearing from everybody that self-diagnosis is dangerous and we don’t want to just give people at home a list of the symptoms to look for.
PATRICK MCKENNA: No.
RICK GREEN: Or do we? All right, let’s go. So these are the red flags for adult ADD.
PATRICK MCKENNA: Red flags for adults.
RICK GREEN: A lifelong history of difficulty with attention.
PATRICK MCKENNA: Sorry?
JANICE MCKENNA: And what’s extremely interesting about that is that anyone who knows us, our family and friends and everything else, Patrick has never been on time for a social occasion in our lives.
PAT MCKENNA: No, no.
JANICE MCKENNA: And so… but he can pull it together for work, which is one of these things.
PAT MCKENNA: See, her family has to pay me, I think, and then I’m there.
JANICE MCKENNA: Yes, he’ll show up.
PAT MCKENNA: I’m so there.
Rick Green: The adult may be successful but shows impairment when compared to their potential.
PATRICK MCKENNA: Yeah, I think there’s definitely that, when people experience the fact that you could be doing more, you should be doing more.
RICK GREEN: Yeah. An adult who is using coping strategies to compensate for their weaknesses but still experiencing problems with their career and work relations or becoming a work alcoholics. All those who are work alcoholics raise your hands?
RICK GREEN: Yeah. The adult who is expending more energy than others to do the same amount of work. In some areas that’s true, but in other things I’m faster than a lot of people.
PATRICK MCKENNA: But it certainly would be a flag, though, if someone says I’m going to go out and mow the lawn, but first I just have to go to Canadian Tire and pick up some gas and then I got to stop here and do that I think. Yeah.
It’s like Leonardo Da Vinci, what, five years to paint the Sistine Chapel.
RICK GREEN: Yeah.
PATRICK MCKENNA: It could have been done in a weekend.
RICK GREEN: Sure.
PATRICK MCKENNA: Just focus.
RICK GREEN: With a roller. They must have had rollers.
PATRICK MCKENNA: Yeah.
RICK GREEN: Organizational skill problems, time management difficulties, missed appointments. Well, less and less.
Frequently late, unfinished projects. Oh, basement is full.
PATRICK MCKENNA: Oh, yes. Take a look at your desk. Take a look at your basement and that will give you an idea.
RICK GREEN: If I had a garage I could fill that with more too. Anger control problems.