Symptoms of ADHD: Disorganization

by Stephanie Hurd in ADHD, ADHD awareness, ADHD symptoms, skills ADHD
April 12, 2015 0 comments

From an etemology (Study of words and how they are put together as well as history)

disorganize or Disorganized came into the english language in 1793, from French désorganiser, from dés- “not” (see dis-) + organiser “organize” . This word and related forms were introduced in English in reference to the French Revolution. 

To get to the root of being disorganized it is fun to understand what being organized is.

organize  came from the early 15th century meaning to, “construct, establish,” from Middle French organiser and directly from Medieval Latin organizare, from Latin organum “instrument, organ” (see organ). 

Being disorganized can hit anyone. However, once again, in the ADHD world, if it effects your day to day life more significantly than others, then guess what? You could have ADHD. The thing to remember is not to self diagnose as it is easy to do this. ADHD takes professionals to diagnose properly. And even if you have a proper diagnoises it could be a number of other facts such as stress for instance.

I have met people who are perfectly organized in one sense and have had their whole lives turned upsidedown in the face of stress.

In my case I know I am ADHD. I was diagnoised as a child with ADD and later it all fell under the same category. I do not have as much of the hyperactive as I do the impulse, inattention and disorganization. This is common in adults. 



To say I am disorganized can be an understatement. However, to say I am trying to improve that would also be very much an understatement. 

Some aspects of disorganization in a person with ADHD are: time management, keeping track of what you are supposed to do during a day, prioritizing  and timeliness. 

Time management can be very difficult for those who have ADHD. At work, I love to be busy all the time. This can be frusterating to my husband as he wants me home on time. If I start anything ten minutes before my shift ends, chances are, I would be a very late wife. 

Managing time has been taught to me since elementry school since that lovely day they handed me my first planner. The only sad part was I really didn’t know or understand how to use it. I knew they wanted me to write out my homework. However, I would often leave the planner at school. Ooops. I would have a list of things to do but have no idea how to get them done.

Keeping track of what I was supposed to do….this one became most frusterating. I would be told four things to get from downstairs, by the time I got there I would forget all or most of them. 

Prioritizing was also painful. I could have an idea of what I needed to do and the order however,if something came by that I wanted to do, it would be moved to the top of my list. Whatever I didn’t want to do seemed to go lower.

Lastly, time often doesn’t exist. Deadlines come and go and we can’t believe that they are due. I had times when I should have handed in an assignment, even at work and didn’t realize it was due.


Anyone can make these mistakes. Like I said, for people with ADHD this is constant and effects life as we know it. People have been fired or nearly fired for mistakes that they seem to never learn from.However, it is just simply that their bodies and minds are not functioning properly and they need to find more ways of doing things.

I hope this was helpful. 

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