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Posted by Drew Brejda on November 08, 2000 at 13:51:27:

In Reply to: trying to justify getting a diagnosis........ posted by donna on November 07, 2000 at 11:36:03:

: I have struggled all my life with what now appears to me as ADD: Never working up to my potential, (as they said), living with chaos, not putting forth any effort to maintain a friendship, alcohol abuse and addictions. (luckily the 10 yr stint I did with alcohol ended when I got married and had kids.)
: I never realized that my brain is working overtime, I've never had anyone else's brain so how would I know?

: How do I admit to myself and my family that I need help
: and there really is a reason for all of this? I know I can't live like this any longer. What do I do? Who can diagnose this? A GP?

Do not go to a GP, you need to see an Internal Medicine or Endocrynologist. There are no definitive tests for ADD, our Pediatrician stated you basically eliminate everyhing you can test for and you're left with ADD/ADHD. The other alternative would be a Psychologist or Psychiatrist, but only the Psychiatrist can prescribe medication. Contact a local ADD/ADHD support group for advice, help, and recommendations on knowledgeable Doctors or other professionals in your area.

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