I've been professionally diagnosed inattentive. But I find I don't get distracted as much as sort of give up on things? I know I can do them, they're just not interesting enough. And I realized that when I procrastinate it's not really because I'm actively avoiding the thing. Like I'm not on tumblr because I like it so much better than work, it's just that I don't feel a strong incentive either way (unless there's a deadline). Is this ADHD or could it be something else?
This is executive functioning, which is pretty much what ADHD is. The types of problems you’re having are actually hallmarks of Inattentive ADHD!
In fact, if you look at the diagnostic criteria, you need five or six of these symptoms in order to be diagnosed with Inattentive ADHD:
- Often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, at work, or with other activities.
- Often has trouble holding attention on tasks or play activities.
- Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly.
- Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (e.g., loses focus, side-tracked).
- Often has trouble organizing tasks and activities.
- Often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to do tasks that require mental effort over a long period of time (such as schoolwork or homework).
- Often loses things necessary for tasks and activities (e.g. school materials, pencils, books, tools, wallets, keys, paperwork, eyeglasses, mobile telephones).
- Is often easily distracted
- Is often forgetful in daily activities.
Notice that only two of these nine symptoms have to do specifically with attention and distraction.
(And this is why I say that Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is a really bad name for it.)