20 Tell-Tale Signs of Adult ADHD

PHOENIX, AZ, June 2012 – With high profile celebrities like NBC’s ‘The Voice’ judge Adam Levine, TV news broadcasters like Phoenix-based Kaley O’Kelley, and others like “The ADHD CEO” Greg Selkoe now publicly “owning” their ADHD diagnosis, it begs many questions: How does one know if they have adult ADHD—what are the signs? Can problems with punctuality, organization, and focus be due to adult ADHD or are these difficulties simply related to stress or other lifestyle issues? Is adult ADHD sabotaging your career, business or relationship? And, can ADHD actually manifest itself later in life after a diagnosis-free childhood?  Field authority Dr. Kevin Ross Emery, author of “Managing the Gift of your ADD/HD Child” among related titles, is available for interviews and editorials on these topics and more.


“I applaud initiatives like ‘The Own it Project’ that are encouraging adults to recognize and even embrace their ADD/HD,” said Dr. Kevin. “There are untold millions of adults who were never diagnosed in childhood and are dealing with ADD/HD symptoms in an unproductive manner. The result is unhappy, underutilized lives that are not harnessing the incredible potential that comes with the ‘gift’ of ADD/HD.  Recognizing that, with proper self-awareness and management, there are many ways adult ADD/HD can prove beneficial is key for those with the condition to be genuinely happy and succeed at home and at work. And, ‘quick fix’ medication need not apply with so many other methods now available to help ADD/HD adults realize whole life success.”

Dr. Kevin is available for interviews and byline editorials on tell-tale signs you may be living with Adult ADHD, which can include the following negative and positive traits:


  • Organizationally challenged      Trouble starting and finishing projects
  • Miss social cues   Difficulty being subtle
  • Hyper-focused to the point of losing track of time  Multi-tasks to the point of distraction
  • Does not work well in traditional workplace setting   Marital troubles
  • Poor listening skills   Chronic lateness
  • Angry outbursts   Trouble prioritizing
  • Gets bored easily   Naturally rebellious
  • Addictive personality   Tendency towards self medicating
  • High energy   Highly creative
  • Good problem solver, innovator, inventor   When interested love to learn, share and teach new things


Additional adult ADD/HD discussion topics can include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • How to become more productive and enhance your career by directly addressing tell-tale signs of adult ADHD
  • ADD/HD – Gift or Disorder?
  • Great Minds of the Past with One Thing in Common – ADD/HD
  • The Stigma of ADD – a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy


  • Key components of a successful protocol: Working with an ADD/HD person’s natural rhythms, harmonies, and uniqueness
  • Nature Nostrum: non-pharma approaches proven to help ADD/HD individuals: diets, environments, teaching systems, parenting and guidance systems
  • Top 10 ways diet and supplementation impact ADD/HD
  • Signs and symptoms the lend themselves to ADD/HD misdiagnosis and, in turn, unneeded medication
  • ADD/HD drugs: when and how they are most beneficial, where they fall short, and personal finance and health costs
  • Why some children slip through the childhood ADD/HD diagnosis cracks
  • ·     You’re Told That Your Child Has an “Attention Deficit Disorder.” Now What? The Answers May Surprise You!
  • ·     Educating the Educators: Is It the Kids or the School Systems that are Broken?
  • ·     The Drug Dilemma: Putting Kids on Speed and Hoping for the Best

Dr. Kevin notes, “Whether ADD/HD was identified in childhood or later as an adult, the emotional and psychological damage of not fitting in, never living up to your potential, never understanding your why you are different, or feeling like you are a failure often takes its toll into adulthood.    Many may struggle with addictions, low self-worth, self-esteem issues, never ‘get their act together’ living far below their potential or, in extreme cases, end up in the penal system. Yet, in some cases ADD/HD individuals channel their passions and talents to achieve enormous personal and professional success.  Knowledge is power, and a proper adult ADD/HD diagnosis is paramount to managing the condition and, actually realizing the many gifts ADD/HD has to offer the individual—and society at large.”


“I view ADD/HD as an evolutionary process that broadens the bandwidth of humanity, which we should celebrate rather than stifle,” Dr. Kevin continues.  “However well intended, society’s collective attempts to medically treat and otherwise manage ADD/HD individuals often negatively impacts their self-worth and self-esteem and significantly hinders their ability to reach their full potential. Indeed, the stakes are high when it comes to finding a successful treatment plan.  Those who have difficulties managing the condition or who face criticism from parents, teachers and, in adulthood, friends and business associates, for perceived laziness and bad behavior can face a lifetime of emotional problems that can manifest in problematic personal relationships and career misfortunes. And, the loss of this population’s insights, brilliance and creativity—their unique gifts—are typically sacrificed in order to help them ‘fit in’ to society. Instead, we should celebrate and nurture those children and adults living with ADD/HD as they are so that they can, in turn, love and respect themselves and realize their full capabilities…to the benefit of us all.”


About the Expert

Dr. Kevin Ross Emery’s books, “Managing the Gift of your ADD/HD Child” and “Managing the Gift: Alternative Approaches to Attention Deficit Disorder” are built upon more than 14 years of experience working with individuals of all ages living with Attention Deficit Disorder – and a lifetime of personal experience dealing with it himself. For more than two decades, Dr. Kevin has offered an approach to ADD/HD that reveals it as a gift that, when properly managed, contains the potential for formidable multitasking skills, creativity and more. Also an international speaker on the topic, Dr. Kevin was among the very first to publicly acknowledge ADD/HD as a step in the evolution of humanity that will eventually allow it to reach new levels of achievement – a view often at odds with a culture that can be quick to resort to medicating children who show signs of ADD/HD or who in some cases, don’t even meet that standard.  The titles of his books sum up Dr. Kevin’s intent – to assist parents in managing the gifts of their ADD/HD children – to not see it from the perspective of ADD/HD being a disease or disability, or from a perspective of drugs being the sole solution.  Dr. Kevin has worked with ADD/HD individuals of all ages – from young children to business owners seeking to balance their innovation with organization. Learn more online at www.mydrkevin.com.

* Source: http://www.azfamily.com/news/Adult-ADHD-10-signs-you-might-have-it-150640565.html



Please let us know if you would like to connect with Dr. Kevin on these points or other related to ADD/HD and I’ll be happy to facilitate. Contact: Michelle Barbara or Merilee Kern, 858-577-0206, michelle@kerncommunications.com


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