ADULT ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER (ADD) TRAITS
Black women living with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) face unique challenges because they have to carry the burden of “super woman” expectations and live with a mental illness that causes them to demonstrate behavior that “normal” people simply may not understand. This website was created to help black women live and thrive with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) despite disadvantages of a mental illness. The videos below explain a variety of ADD traits to help black women live a successful life.
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) Trait #1
INABILITY TO FOCUS
Ideally, when we concentrate, blood flow should increase in the brain, especially in the prefrontal cortex; this increased activity allows us to focus, stay on task and think ahead. In the brains of most people with ADD, blood flow actually goes down when they concentrate, making it harder to stay focused. In other words, the harder they try, the harder it gets!
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) Trait #2
Being disorganized is a major problem for adults with ADD. They tend to have piles of stuff around them that need to be organized. In addition, adults with ADD tend to lose their keys and miss appointments.
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) Trait #3
Adults living with attention deficit disorder tend to procrastinate because they experience the anxiety of trying to be perfect. As a result, they never complete the tasks they need to complete which leads to more anxiety, disappointment, and possibly a frantic effort to get things done.
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) Trait #4
Adults living with attention deficit disorder tend exhibit impulsive behavior by saying and doing things without thinking about the consequences first.
Adult ADD Trait # 5
Adults living with attention deficit disorder tend “tune out” during conversations with other people. They often “drift away” when reading or watching television too.