You Might Be ADD: 10 Signs You Have It!

You Might Be ADD

Ladies and, well, ladies, it’s been a tough couple of weeks here at the Slacker house. Slacker Mode is in full gear (maybe it’s like allergies… it gets worse depending on the season?) and I’m fully convinced I’m losing my mind. The following are ten real life scenarios I struggle with regularly due to my AD/HD*… and they’ve all happened in the last few weeks.

Here are my top ten ways to know if you are ADD too! (Because we want everyone in our club. For real. We look a little crazy otherwise…)

10. You lose your phone literally seconds after it was in your hand. This scenario repeats dozens of times a day.

9. You have multiple alarms and notifications set in various increments on various devices leading up to an appointment, because if you don’t, you invariably need to make up excuses as to why you missed it.

8. You have half a dozen work/blog/home/craft projects that are ALMOST done, but will never be completed because you lost steam shortly after the ‘new project high’ wore off.

7. You stay up late at night, procrastinating going to bed, because the drudgery of morning is awful, but is only made worse by your late night Pinterest surf.

6. You cook all meals on the highest heat possible, hoping to get through cooking dinner as quickly as possible. Consequently, you have burned more dinners than you’d care to admit.

5. You rushed your husband home from work so you can attend a church function, only to realize as he walks in that the church function is the following day.

4. You’ve ordered some brand new books off of Amazon, then incidentally discover four days after their arrival that you already own the books.

3. Take a ‘Diet Coke nap,’ where you crash on the couch after downing some Diet Coke, hoping the caffeine will energize you before your children destroy the house.

2. Have bought, or are considering buying, additional underwear for your potty trained toddler so you can resume your sporadic/later-is-better-than-now laundry ‘plan,’ without wondering if your child is actually wearing clean underwear.

1. You have given your eldest the choice between the two worst chores in the house, one of which you should do, but instead attempt to ‘look busy’ while your kid cleans, and once finished, you order take out and call it a day.

What are your worst ADD ‘symptoms,’ real or mommy-brained?

Psst… did you know that the official diagnoses is AD/HD, which is an attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. That little / implies your symptoms are either attention deficit and or hyperactivity. I have outgrown my hyperactivity (thank heavens!) as adults sometimes can, and now am primarily attention deficit. The term ADD is colloquial but incorrect.

If you think you might have ADD, read more here, and seek the help of a physician or qualified therapist. 

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18 Responses to You Might Be ADD: 10 Signs You Have It!

  1. Fun list! I once was talking to my mom on the phone in the car, and started complaining and worrying because I forgot my phone at home. She gently reminded me that I was talking on it…oh yeah…

  2. Mikensi says:

    I read more w/ the link you gave. No wonder I am the way I am! I have a 3yo and a 1yo. Poor kids, ha ha! I love them, though! We have fun! I always knew something wasn’t right with me. ;) Loved this post! :) Your list was fun to read! I lose my phone multiple times a day!!

  3. Meredith says:

    I am ADHD, have been since I was a kid. I trained my four year old at a young age that she has to pick up her own toys 1) because I am not her maid and 2) because if I had to pick them up, I’d trip over them for a week (cursing every time I did it) and then I’d kick a path through them so that I didn’t trip on them and forget to pick them up.

    I have also had two hour bouts of pinterest sprees. I have piles of stuff (a “this goes to the laundry room” pile, a “I need to finish this” piles), which I’ve learned is apparently an ADHD trait. And I won’t even try to count how many half finished projects I have laying around.

    • I need to be better at training my children. Currently they follow my example which is NOT a good one. Hey kids, do as I SAY and put stuff away, not as I DO, and walk over it. Sheesh! Loved your comment… especially cursing as you trip over toys (which you then proceed to not pick up yourself). THIS IS SO ME!! Lol!!

  4. Janell says:

    I found your preschool curriculum on pinterest and just wanted to say thanks! I have been wanting to make a quiet book for church by placing activity sheets in sheet protectors and giving my kids dry erase crayons to work on them. Your worksheets are perfect, thank you for all of your hard work and for making it available to those of us who are a bit less creative, energetic and motivated . . . namely, me.

  5. Kris says:

    I was just barely diagnosed with ADHD and suddenly my life makes so much sense. Also, that Diet Coke nap. I know it well. Also, I think I love you. Too early?

    • Too early to love me? Impossible! I remember that “OOOOHHHHHH…” feeling when I was diagnosed! I’m so glad you were able to get the help you need. +Diet Coke. What is life without diet coke?

  6. Jeanie says:

    Loved reading your posts about ADHD… I self diagnosed years ago, then finally about 3 years ago I started taking medication… One problem is who is going to remind the ADD person to take their meds!!! when it is about 2:00 pm and I find myself wanting to crash on the couch (or actually crashing on the couch) I remember, “Oh, you forgot to take your meds!!” I am so ADD it is ridiculous… From losing my phone seconds after I was using it, to looking for my glasses that are on my head, to walking into my house and realizing later my front porch and rails had been painted a new color and I never even noticed!!! Once I was standing outside on the back deck, and told my husband I was going to the store and asked him if there was anything I could do for him before I left. He kindly asked for a glass of ice water. so, I walked about 6 steps into the house, another 7 steps to the fridge, and then 6 more steps out the front door!!! Half way to the store remembered I forgot to get him the glass of water!!! craziness!!!

    • This made me LOL! I have pretty much done all this and sooo much more. What drives me crazy is that you can’t get prescriptions automatically refilled, you need to get a written rx from the doctor (at least in Utah), and they will only give you three months of prescriptions at a time. Provided you don’t LOSE the prescriptions by the third month, you have to remember to take it into the pharmacy BEFORE YOU RUN OUT OF MEDS. Sheesh. It’s like they want us to be ADD or something!!!

      • Christine says:

        This is sooooo true. I’ve said the same thing about the STUPID prescription policy (same here in Vermont). Love your blog, I just got around to reading it, though I found it weeks ago. Ha
        I’ve been seriously thinking about starting a blog for moms with ADD because it seems like, Every. Single. Blog. is written by the most organized, ALWAYS organized moms. I thought I was, for realz, the only ADD mom out there. Glad I found another like me : ) Happy Day!

  7. Hillary says:

    This post made me LOL! Been there done all that. I’m just grateful to have been diagnosed and treated so I can function semi-normally. Lol… Thanks for the laughs and encouragement :)

  8. readytopullmyhairout says:

    I have a 3 year old who is very smart and needs to be in preschool. I make to much for a head start program but yet can’t afford to put her in preschool or daycare. She stays with grandparents while I’m at work. I don’t want her to digress or become a couch potato. I want to try to home school her in the evening when I get home. Do you have any suggestion?? Oh, I have ADD can’t keep my house in order let alone keeping a preschool program together. I don’t want to fail my daughter, do you have any suggestions??

  9. Elizabeth says:

    This was a fun/informative post. I, too, have ADHD, though I have learned a lot of coping skills over the years. I have NEVER grown out of my physical restlessness. Happy to hear that you have! One less symptom is always great. Thanks for all the great stuff on your blog.

    • Viandra says:

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  11. bettymanghi says:

    done 8/10 i better find help

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