While many of us find ourselves easily distracted—especially in the modern world of instant information and constant notifications—distraction is only one symptom of ADHD and being distracted doesn’t mean you have ADHD.
What is ADHD?
Typically, symptoms of ADHD include difficulty paying attention, excessive activity, and uncontrollable behaviour. The symptoms present between the ages of 6 and 12, last for over 6 months, and disrupt life in at least two settings (school, home, work, recreation, etc).
Although we might consider ADHD to be a childhood disorder, it’s far from rare for an adult to have it. In fact, WebMD claims that “about 4% to 5% of U.S. adults have it“ and that “while many kids with ADHD outgrow it, about 60% still have it as adults.”