Hello, I have not been diagnosed for having ADD since I have not made an appointment yet. I am quiet and shy person who have difficulty in focus. I have a short-term focus that I could not even focus when people talk to me. I am struggling with finishing my assignments although I started it early. It ended up finishing in the last minute which is quite messy.I daydreaming and procrastinating a lot. I tried so hard to concentrate but it was difficult. sometimes, I cry because I could not focus or listen well. I even could not focus when the professor asked questions during my presentation. I tried to consume gingko so maybe it could help with my focus or my memory, but it doesn’t work on me. am I suffering from ADD?

A. Your instinct to consult a mental health professional is a good one. I would advise you to do so. It could help you immensely.

Attention deficit disorder (ADD) may be a possibility but it might simply be a matter of your needing to learn more relevant organizational and time management skills. You may need to broaden your knowledge in these areas. Counseling could provide that type of knowledge and guidance.

You described being nervous and unfocused during presentations. Many people can relate to that experience. Public speaking is a very common fear. Some people are more frightened of public speaking than they are of death. Anxiety and nervousness could easily make you forgetful during presentations. You might try googling “Toastmasters and public speaking tips” for preparation strategies.

The most expeditious way to solve this problem is to consult a therapist. They are experts in knowing how to resolve these types of issues. They would also be able to determine if you have ADD or any mental health disorder and treat you accordingly. Thanks for your question. Good luck.

Dr. Kristina Randle