Adults with ADD/ADHD often experience many years of struggle before coming to the realization that there is a bonafide explanation for their difficulties. Lifelong struggles with organization, focus and productivity are commonplace for adults with ADD/ADHD. These struggles often result in problems achieving even simple goals, taking care of daily tasks, handling responsibilities, meeting deadlines and making appropriate decisions.
Men and women with ADD/ADHD often experience a life of shame, feel inadequate and irresponsible, and feel they are a disappointment to others and to themselves. Relationships are affected, if not destroyed; you are accused of not paying attention, not listening, not keeping promises, not following through, being unreliable, irresponsible and uncaring. The impact at work can be equally as devastating; your attention strays during meetings, you miss important deadlines or come late to appointments. Your productivity is compromised as you check e-mail, surf the web or find other distractions.