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3 Subtle Signs of Untreated Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

How to Spot if Someone Has Untreated ADHD

Som Dutt ☯
Psychology Simplified
6 min readMay 18, 2024


3 Subtle Signs of Untreated Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)-by “Som Dutt” on Medium
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Imagine yourself as a writer and your mind is engaged in 10 different thoughts at a time instead of focusing on writing down one thought at a time. Imagine you cannot focus on your daily activities such as preparing food, laundry, gardening, taking supplements on time, and controlling your emotional eating.

Imagine writing one essay that could have taken 1 hour to write is taking ages. Your thoughts feel like you are listening to 10 songs at a time. You feel like you require lots of energy and motivation just to do something with focus.

“Sensitive people usually love deeply and hate deeply. They don’t know any other way to live than by extremes because their emotional thermostat is broken.”
― Shannon L. Alder

It’s like your brain is switching from one tab to another. This is something a person with untreated ADHD feels like every day. These days ADHD is the most common mental health problem found in many people. ADHD is also increasing with the rise of social media.

A person with untreated ADHD struggles to make a meaningful career, focus on studies, and maintain a healthy relationship. Many people have untreated ADHD but are unable to figure it out and are not sure, if they have it or not.

“The children who need love the most will always ask for it in the most unloving ways”
― Russel Barkley

Understanding untreated ADHD symptoms and signs can help them to control their symptoms and get proper diagnosis and treatment.

1. They Cannot Do Something In A Focused Manner.

A person with untreated ADHD always has problems sitting in one place and engaging in any activity with full focus. If you tell them that they have to watch a documentary for 2 hours then they will give up after watching it for 10–20 minutes.

“Taken together, it’s almost a sure sign. The letters float off the page when you read, right? That’s because your mind is hardwired for ancient Greek. And the ADHD-you’re impulsive, can’t sit still in the classroom. That’s your battlefield reflexes. In a real fight, they’d keep you alive. As for the attention problems, that’s because you see too much, Percy, not too little. Your senses are better than a regular mortal’s.”
― Rick Riordan,
The Lightning Thief

This ADHD symptom is different than usual symptoms where we get distracted but it is more than that. Normal people avoid staying on a task for longer periods for different reasons like the task can be boring, the task can not be fruitful, the task cannot be worth their effort and time, etc.

However, people with ADHD cannot stay on a single task for a longer period because their brain’s neurons are wired in strange manners. They do not have behaviors and outwardly problems that distract them but their neurons are aligned in that manner.

“There’s a huge difference for taking responsibility for one’s actions, and taking credit, and in this scenario, I think we need to give credit where credit is due. I won’t take responsibility for my teacher’s drinking problem, but I will take credit for it.”
― Benjamin Tomes,
Confessions of the Unmedicated Mind; Growing up with ADHD, before ADHD, Volume 1: Home

Their mind is always entangled in a multitude of thoughts, it’s like one thought is competing and conflicting with another thought. They cannot only focus on mental activities such as studying and watching a documentary or listening to a long lecture but they also struggle to focus on physical activities such as sports, games, and exercise.

2. They Lack Some Serious Memory Issues.

People with ADHD face issues in working memory. They get lost in managing things like organizing their medications, and supplements. When the task starts feeling boring they immediately lose their focus.

Their brain is surrounded by different and unrelated thoughts. They can forget the main plot of the movie and the conversation. They can lose the hold of conversation and can ask such questions (What was I talking about?).

“The primary disadvantage of ADHD is that people around you are often inconvenienced, weirded out, or hurt by your behavior, so you’re constantly getting judged and punished, which makes you feel like shit. Suicidal ideation is higher in people with ADHD. Self-loathing and self-medication are endemic. If the rest of the world says you’re obnoxious or stupid or just not braining right, loving yourself is an act of rebellion, which is beautiful but exhausting, especially if you’re a little kid. With that needy little kid always inside you, your life becomes an epic quest for love — or whatever feels like love in the moment.”
― Paris Hilton ,
Paris : The Memoir

They can also misplace important documents and it takes them huge time and effort to remember them back. They can even forget to be aware of the time, therefore sometimes they can get late for the meeting or attending an event. They can also miss the train and flight.

They can leave essential items such as their mobile phone in their car or at home. They cannot remember many things easily. They can also face problems in solving puzzles that require memory.

They do it all unintentionally, they can not do these things because they do not want to remember things, but their brain does not support them. Their brain is inefficient in storing big information for longer periods.

3. They Get Easily Angry And Have Serious Mood Swings.

Many people often forget to link mood swings, feeling irritated, and getting easily angry with any mental health disorder but if you notice such behavior in someone too often then it is a sign of ADHD.

“s. “Mom, I feel my ADHD less when I only have
things I need and love in my room. It already feels much
better in there, and I haven’t finished yet.”
― Annie Eklöv,
Help! My Room Exploded: How to Simplify Your Home to Reduce ADHD Symptoms

A person with ADHD can show rapid shifts in their mood that is different than normal people. They can experience sudden bursts of anger, frustration, envy, and revengeful feelings.

Their mood swings and frustration signs can be very confusing in the beginning because their loved ones cannot find out the reason behind their rapid change in behavior.

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