Poor concentration, difficulty understanding or remembering jokes and stories, short attention span, frequent distraction – these are all symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Approximately 8 million adults (4 percent of the U.S. population) suffer from the disorder, which causes behavioral, mental, and social problems.

Of course, with all of the media and technology bombarding us every day, it’s no surprise that over-stimulation can be confused for more serious disorders like ADD and ADHD. The most common indications of the disorder include hyperfocus, disorganization, forgetfulness, impulsivity, emotional difficulties, hyperactivity, and restlessness. (Click here for a firsthand perspective on what it’s like to have ADD.)

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So, how can you tell if your guy has ADD, or just needs to simplify his life a little more? Ask yourself these questions…

  • Is it constantly difficult for him to focus on a task or activity for an extended period of time?
  • Has he struggled to complete tasks, even simple ones, without switching to something else or getting sidetracked?
  • Does he ‘zone out’ when we’re having a conversation, seemingly without realizing it?
  • Are his listening skills and/or memory skills somewhat lacking when it comes to conversations, directions, stories, and jokes?
  • Does he consistently forget or miss details in his work or tasks, causing mistakes or unfinished projects?

These are all common symptoms of ADD in men, and may indicate that your spouse or boyfriend may be suffering from ADD or ADHD. If the disorder goes untreated (particularly because he has probably been suffering from ADD since childhood), your guy may be at risk for some pretty debilitating effects. ADD untreated can result in physical and mental health problems, difficulties with work and finances, and strained relationships.

To start the process for his health, encourage your boyfriend or husband to take an ADD test to see for himself if he may be suffering from ADD.

Then, suggest that he schedule a meeting with a psychiatrist to receive a doctor’s diagnosis for his symptoms for appropriate treatment. The most important thing is to determine why certain challenges exist for him, and learn how to target and strengthen the associated brain skills to fight and overcome those challenges. Through education, counsel, and medication, your guy can fight the effects of ADD and enjoy a more normal life.