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Susan Tschudi, LMFT

Marriage and Family Therapist - Westlake Village, CA

Attention Deficit Disorder and Adults

Adult attention deficit disorder (ADD) is one of my areas of specialization. My book, "Loving Someone with Attention Deficit Disorder", addresses some of the challenges involved in a relationship where one partner has ADD and the other one doesn't.

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ADD isn't just a childhood disorder. Many adults suffer from the symptoms of ADD (distractibility, impulsivity and restlessness) yet have never received a diagnosis and never received proper treatment. ADD is neuro-biological in nature. This means that it isn't just an issue of trying harder - the disorder affects the way information is processed in the brain. It's important to get a proper diagnosis and to become educated about ADD so that problems can be understood in the context of its origin.

Adult ADD (especially if it is undiagnosed and/or untreated) can seriously impact the quality of someone's life. Some of the common difficulties of adult ADD include problems in finishing educational requirements, job or vocational challenges, substance use or other addictions, financial problems and difficulties in creating and maintaining meaningful relationships.

Have you ever thought that you might have ADD or has anyone ever told you that you had ADD? Do you think your spouse or partner has Attention Deficit Disorder? Statistics state that between 3 to 5% of the population is affected by the symptoms of ADD.

Answer the following questions if you think you might have ADD or if you think your partner has ADD:

  • Do you often have trouble wrapping up the final details of a project, once the challenging parts have been done?
  • Do you often have difficulty getting things in order when you have to do a task that requires organization?
  • Do you often have problems remembering things such as appointments or other obligations?
  • When you have a task that requires a lot of thought, do you often avoid or delay getting started?
  • Is it difficult for you to sit still for a long time?
  • How often do you feel overly active and compelled to do things, like you were driven by a motor?

While the actual diagnosis of ADD cannot be made with a six item questionnaire, if you answered positively to several of the questions, it might be a good idea to do some follow up in order to determine if you do qualify for a diagnosis of ADD. 

For more information about adult ADD or for answers to any questions please contact me:

Telephone: (805) 557-0405

Email: [email protected]