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Until a few years ago, the medical establishment believed A.D.D. (the full name of the condition is attention-deficit and hyperactivity disorder or A.D.H.D. and not all who have it exhibit the hyperactivity symptoms so it is often referred to as A.D.D.) was a pediatric disorder that kids grow out of. The irony is that because it's hereditary, many adults began to recognize its symptoms in themselves only after it was diagnosed in one or more of their children.

A.D.D. occurs in 3% to 5% of school-age children and about 4% of adults. Up to 60 percent of children with A.D.D. grow up to be adults who still have A.D.D. and experts estimate that more than eight million grown-ups in the United States have the disorder. These numbers, presented by researchers from Harvard and the World Health Organization at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in the Spring of 2004, mean that attention-deficit disorder affects 4.4 percent of the adult population, making it the second-most-common psychological problem in adults after depression. There is genetic evidence that if your child has it, there is 40% chance that a parent has it. If a parent has it, there's a 50% chance that a child will have it.

As many as 50 percent of A.D.D. affected people may have another syndrome during their lifetime; most commonly depression, anxiety disorder, learning disabilities or bipolar disorder.

Only 15 percent of those eight million actually know they have A.D.D. but all are looking for a label for their lifelong restlessness, spaciness, jumping from one subject to the next, easily distracted from completing tasks and meeting deadlines that adversely affect their world of work. Some of these are "sleeper A.D.D. people" who have gotten really good at using their creativity and intelligence to cover the disorder. However, when evaluated for A.D.D., they see the cost of the incredible effort they have put forth to get to this point in their life and the influence of the disorder in the decisions they have made.

Only when they and/or the people they work with become desperate, do people with adult A.D.D. seek treatment and coaching help to better manage their personal and professional lives.

Drugs can mitigate the symptoms of A.D.D., however, they rarely eliminate the complications of workplace interactions. Working with a personal coach to develop time management habits, learn pressure-prompting techniques to meet deadlines, and create a firm schedule to adhere to (and partnering with a support person to keep the A.D.D. affected person on task) helps to create the habits necessary to stay on track. Coaches are not therapists and concentrate on the what, how and when---not the why.

You know A.D.D. affected people who ping-pong from job to job; who are good salespeople but never fill out expense reports; who look like workaholics at their desks until midnight but only because they don't really start to concentrate until all of the day's distractions are gone; who are creative geniuses but forget to attend meetings and can't prioritize.

A Roper poll of adults who identified themselves as having A.D.H.D. found that they held 5.4 jobs over the past 10 years, compared with 3.4 jobs for adults without the disorder. The same poll found that only 52 percent of adults with A.D.D. are currently employed, compared with 72 percent of unaffected adults.

Wondering whether you or someone you know has A.D.D.?

Here is a list of symptoms:

--Fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes.

--Has difficulty sustaining attention to tasks.

--Does not seem to listen when spoken to.

--Does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish chores or duties.

--Has difficulty organizing tasks and activities.

--Avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort.

--Loses things necessary for tasks and activities.

--Is easily distracted by extraneous stimuli.

--Is often forgetful in daily activities.

Ask and answer these six questions:

1. How often do you have trouble wrapping up the final details of a project?

2. How often do you have difficulty getting things in order when you have to do a task that requires organization?

3. When you have a task that requires a lot of thought, how often do you avoid or delay getting started?

4. How often do you fidget or squirm with your hands or feet when you have to sit down for a long time?

5. How often do you have problems remembering appointments or obligations?

6. How often do you feel overly active and compelled to do things, like you were driven by a motor?

A genuine case of A.D.D. is no laughing matter and can do serious damage to personal lives and careers. For help, get a clinical diagnosis and work with a personal coach to help you function socially and at work.

The use of prescription drugs for A.D.D. is rising with the increasing popularity of brand-name versions that last all day, limiting ups and downs of symptoms. In a study released in September 2005 by Medco Health Solutions Inc. of Franklin Lakes, N.J., the use of drugs for A.D.D. rose 113% among women 20 to 44 years old and 104% among women 45 to 64, both far more than among men. "We're seeing about 1% of adults being treated," but four times as many are estimated to have A.D.D., said Dr. Robert Epstein, Medco's chief medical officer.

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Sources: "Office Messes" by Lisa Belkin, The New York Times Magazine, July 18, 2004 and "ADHD Drug Use Among Adults Doubles in 4 Years", The Wall Street Journal, September 15, 2005.

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Transformation is the natural outcome when you bring awareness to your life. Awareness is a nonjudgmental seeing. It is an objective, non critical witnessing of the nature of any particular circumstance or situation.

When we become aware of something, it is a call to action to change or fix what is discovered. Sometimes, awareness itself is enough to facilitate resolution without doing anything about what is seen. The problem fixes you rather than you fixing the problem.

Coaching yourself to look for pitfalls that stand in the way of where you want to go can help you become aware of and thus avoid unintended consequences.

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