4 Signs of Adult Attention Deficit Disorder (AADD)

Do I have Adult Attention Deficit Disorder?Stacey Gustafson writer

Growing up in the 70s, no one was diagnosed with ADD or ADHD. Instead we were labeled disruptive, excitable, loud, and annoying.  Teachers complained that we shouted out in class and couldn’t sit still.  Our parents called us moody and useless.  We probably had something more like ADLBD (Attention Deficit Lazy Butt Disorder).  Now, the spectrum for ADD includes adults. Here are the 4 signs I may have Adult Attention Deficit Disorder (AADD).  You be the judge.

#1 Difficulty Getting Organized

If clutter on your desk is an indication of being disorganized, I’m guilty as charged.  At this point, it’s necessary to push aside desk debris in order to reach the keyboard.  I may have Adult Attention Deficit Disorder (AADD).


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#2 Reckless Driving and Traffic Accidents

I considered myself a decent driver until I took a closer look at my past driving record.  I have totaled two cars but in my defense one was caused by ice on the road in the Midwest, unpreventable, and the other due to momnesia. I may have even sideswiped a car in a parking lot, torn down a garage door, and “gently nudged” my husband’s car, but who’s counting?  I may have Adult Attention Deficit Disorder (AADD).

#3 Extreme Distractibility/Poor Listening Skills

Stacey Gustafson, writerA phone call or email can sideline me from a task. As I prepared dinner, the doorbell rang.  On the way to the front door, I answered the phone, changed the channel on the TV, opened mail, and ran a load of laundry.  I spied the FedEx guy jumping into this truck, “Did you ring the doorbell?”  “Squirrel!”  I may have Adult Attention Deficit Disorder (AADD).

#4 You’re a Thrill SeekerStacey Gustafson, writer

I’ve chopped vegetables using the sharpest knives, all without the help of a cutting board.  I’ve schlepped seven loud teenagers in my car, two kids double buckled.  I’ve mastered drinking and driving with hot Starbuck’s coffee.  I’ve sat in the passenger seat with a 15-year-old drivern without screaming every time he hit a curb and/or trashcans on the way out of our cul-du-sac. I may have Adult Attention Deficit Disorder (AADD).

Final Verdict:  Yes, I have AADD.

Check out this funny British comedy skit of a woman with AADD.  You’ll laugh your butt off.


Have you experienced any of these symptoms?  Write a comment and let’s talk about it.

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  1. Jenny Buck says

    Did you see the recent story on the news that lack of sleep may be a cause of ADD for children and Adults! Well since I average about 5 hours of sleep at night, since my children were born 30 some years ago, I guess I probably have ADD also.

    • staceygustafson says

      Looks like you are minus 3 hours of sleep a night. In 30 years, that means you are short 32,850 hours. Tell your kids they owe you!

  2. Brian Gustafson says

    Too Funny! …..ahhhh I forgot what else I was going say….

  3. Thanks for the guffaws, Stacey. See you at Tvwriters.

    Be well,


  4. I inherited AADD from my mother and OCD from my father. You can imagine what a mess that makes me!

  5. Neva Hodges says

    Loved it. Since I have no children at home, my ADHD comes from too much tech and the information age. It distracts me no end.

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