Attention Hyper Deficit Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most widely-known, but little understood, conditions of modern life. While it is generally seen as something that unruly children suffer from, it is also a reality of day to day life for many adults and is a major cause of car accidents.
Recently the British Journal of Psychology published a study which outlined how different supplements can help ease the symptoms of ADHD, and make life more tolerable for sufferers of the condition. A number of supplement products are on the market, which aim to ease the focus-related issues suffered by ADHD sufferers. Below are five warning signs that you might have ADHD.
- Lack of Concentration
This is the most obvious indication of ‘deficit disorder’ and it is one which many people face. Lack of concentration is something that we all suffer from at some point, usually on Monday mornings, but if it is chronic and you are unable to stay focused on any task for an extended period of time then this is the clearest warning sign that you might have ADHD.
- Driving Badly
Most people aren’t aware of this one, but people with untreated ADHD tend to have 50% more car accidents than the average. The reasons for this are outlined in this insightful article but, in short, impulse behaviour and a lack of focus are very dangerous combinations on the roads. Popular treatments that may help with this are the much-maligned Ritalin, as well as over-the-counter products like Nitrovit. If you have more accidents than your peers, it might be worth digging a little deeper.
- It’s all about me
We live in the age of the selfie, but, hopefully, outside of Instagram we still possess enough empathy for our fellows that we are able to spot changes of emotion: sadness, fear, hope and so on. Recognizing these emotional triggers is what has given our species the nous to evolve from being cave-dwellers to being people capable of inventing the selfie stick.
However, if you are regularly told by friends, family members and partners that you are missing key clues then you may be ignoring a major warning sign. The sheer amount of mental processing necessary for ADHD sufferers means that they often miss the more subtle human clues that the rest of us take for granted.
Again, the solution to this may be in the form of supplements that enable those with ADHD to even-out their thoughts. It is believed yoga and meditation go a long way to clear the mind and keep the focus on the essentials.
- Fidgety Fidgety
The inability to sit still for very long is usually a sign of too much caffeine or ADHD. People who are overstimulated find themselves with ‘phantom limbs’ and needing to move around a lot while they should be sitting still. By forcing the brain to try and concentrate on one thing, the body naturally rebels and starts moving around of its own accord.
This is often subconscious and somebody doing it might not even notice that they are moving around in their chair. Again, you may need to rely on someone else to point this out to you, but if they do, pay heed.
- A Family History of ADHD
As with many medical conditions, family history is a strong indicator of whether or not you might have ADHD. The issue is that in previous generations the condition was not widely known and children suffering were just seen as disruptive or naughty.
So, look at your siblings and parents and ask yourself if they seem to fit into any of the previous four signs. If so, consider them for yourself in a new light. If your brother is fidgety and cannot concentrate then there is a good chance he has ADHD, which in turn increases your own chances.
The above five signs are not comprehensive, nor are they a resource that can be used to fully self-diagnose yourself. Nonetheless, if any of the above sound like you and you would like to get some help, please consult a medical professional for further advice.
Some doctors are still prescribing drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin, although these days many do not. Instead, leaders from all sorts of industries are using ‘cognitive enhancers’ or ‘nootropic brain pills’ to get ahead and users of these products swear by their success.
You can decide for yourself as many of these supplements are available over the counter in the USA, or can even be ordered online if you are elsewhere in the world. ADHD does not need to be a hindrance of success in life, medical science has come far enough now that it can actually be an advantage as people with ADHD tend to be more creative and energetic, and supplements actually help them to focus this energy on productive endeavours.