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Old 08-09-2005, 08:23 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Just found about my ADD today, and I'm SOOOOOO HAPPY!!!

Hi all!

I just wanted to let you know that, after reading the DSM-IV, pointed to me by a loving and important person for me, without double-checking with an specialist though, I would say that I feel toootally identified with the description provided.

I'm new to all this, I'm going to begin reading as much as I can (yeah, I'm hyperfocus too, wooohooo!) so I will welcome good pointers, resources and books to start. I'm 29 years old if that serves of any help. I don't know what are the 6 different types of ADD though which I seemed to read somewhere. I don't think I'm particularly hyperactive and I have not many problems with reading books and focusing on something that I'm really interested in. Any hints?

And yeah, it's been only recently that I have realized about my intelligence, which is something that I ALWAYS denied to myself (sorry, not bragging at all, just being honest here). I guess this board and meeting you should feel like arriving home as you can probably relate to my feelings.

Oh, also, silly question...am I the only one to use Firefox and (let me count) have 37!! tabs with different websites on each? Firefox and its tabs were heaven sent to me, before I would have had 37 different IExplorers open!

My flatmate goes nuts when he sees this, he uses Internet Explorer and, of course, he has only one window open a time. Are you the same as me?

 
Old 08-10-2005, 10:46 AM   #2
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Re: Just found about my ADD today, and I'm SOOOOOO HAPPY!!!

devnull,

About Firefox, the "mother" of all browsers. Trouble is, I'm currently programming with VS.Net (Microsoft Languages) and you probably are aware of how "Bill" views competition - something to be destroyed at all costs. Too much trouble for me to keep switching back and forth.

Ok, this is a ADHD board. My top resource is this board. There are bigger boards but I tired quickly of I'm ADHD and you're ADHD so let's all admit we are freaks and be proud of it. Yes, I need support. But I demand solutions. This board is solution oriented.

I tried to read "Deliverance From Distraction" but it is so full of fluf I could reduce to a 1000 word or less report. However, within those thousand words are indeed a few words of wisdom. It is a mass market "us ADHDers are too stupid to understand" ADHD pub. Read it anyway. Borrow a copy so you don't lose your money.

Much more meaty:
A Compresensive Guide To Attention Deficit Disorder in Adults
Beyond Ritalin
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults.

All three of the above go into clinical studies and their many permutations of detail. I'm not interested in becoming a psychologist BUT the details leans crediability to the conclusions the authors reach. Like a bright engineering friend of my always says: "De - tails are the best part of the possum."

There is no such thing as "experts" unless taken literally - EX SPUTS. "Experienced practitioners" rule! We are the ones that got the bear by the tail. This board is where you find them.

Bob

 
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Old 08-10-2005, 06:10 PM   #3
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Re: Just found about my ADD today, and I'm SOOOOOO HAPPY!!!

37 tabs at once? in just one window?
hmmm...haven't been there yet.

 
Old 08-12-2005, 06:02 PM   #4
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Re: Just found about my ADD today, and I'm SOOOOOO HAPPY!!!

I know how it feels. I have to remind myself frequently that a lot of my problems stem from just being understimulated. I started realizing that I have ADD in the past few months, and it was like a light had dawned on me. I have chronic boredom--a lot of times, I'm literally bored to tears! My husband tells me "Unless you are in some foreign, exotic locale, experiencing something new and different, you're just not going to be happy."

I spoke via E-mail with some folks at MIT and they tell me I'm highly gifted with ADD. (I think my ADD was denied by teachers, parents, etc. growing up, because of my high IQ. I kept hearing, "You just need to apply yourself!) So ADD DOES NOT MEAN that you're dumb.

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I'm new to all this, I'm going to begin reading as much as I can (yeah, I'm hyperfocus too, wooohooo!) so I will welcome good pointers, resources and books to start. I'm 29 years old if that serves of any help. I don't know what are the 6 different types of ADD though which I seemed to read somewhere. I don't think I'm particularly hyperactive and I have not many problems with reading books and focusing on something that I'm really interested in. Any hints?
I'm hyperfocus as well...inattentive ADD type, I think, though my psychologist thinks I have some hyperactivity. (I fidget a lot.) I have no problem focusing--overfocusing--on things that I'm very interested in (i.e. reading psychology books for hours on end), but don't ask me to actually produce a result. That part is too boring. I define ADD as being too bored to get anything done. I have OCD too, so that only HELPS the situation...(cough)

I think that we need to just focus on what we are good at, and give some extra effort to developing our planning and execution skills. For example, I am obsessed with psychology and I want to write a book with a psychological theme. I have no doubt that I could do it, and do it well, if I could just SIT DOWN for a minute and do it. But I get so lost in writing down my ideas, and then I lose my notes....it's so unorganized. I need to come up with a plan and DO IT, but that's going to take work.

Well enough about me (pardon my self-absorption). Why do you think you're ADD? Are there particular things you feel are holding you back? Give yourself three hours and a notebook, and write down what you feel you need to work on. Then devise a plan. Then conquer it.

Also, I want to ask you: do you have other symptoms, such as blanking out when asked a question, feeling uncomfortable in the presence of a crowd or flourescent light, not being able to STAND music on the radio? (I can only listen to certain songs.) Things that interrupt my mode of thought disturb me deeply.

Sometimes I wonder if we ALL don't have a bit of ADD. Some of us more than others, though. Post back and let me know how you're gonna beat it. We'll share tips!

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Old 08-15-2005, 02:09 PM   #5
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Re: Just found about my ADD today, and I'm SOOOOOO HAPPY!!!

devnull,

That's awesome you are excited about it. I myself have recently been diagnosed and in my findings I found this site.

What is your first step?

 
Old 08-15-2005, 10:01 PM   #6
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Someone asked me if I was ADD a couple weeks ago and it had me really concerned. I went to the doctor and they said I had depression. Have given me Zoloft tablets which are making me really sleepy and I still cannot concentrate on my work. I know it hasn't been a long time that I have been on it. I am concerned that the doctor has misdiagnosed me.

I live in a small rural town and there are no other doctors.

 
Old 08-19-2005, 02:54 PM   #7
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Hey all, thanks for your replies

Well, basically, after doing some more reading about the subject, I'd say that I have always procastinated so much. That's the only major drawback I could say. That's probably because of my such high standards and inner perfectionism.

At school, I never used to study much, and I was always leaving eveything for the last day before the exam, when I used to cram. Even though, I usually managed to have the highest marks. As a result of that, I didn't develop any kind of study strategy. Later, when I went to college, I realised that it wasn't enough to pass the exams to cram the day before. That, mixed with a lack of interest for the subject, and a DEEP interest in another field, where I hyperfocused and gained a lot of knowledge on my own, made me drop out University.

Thanks to my hyperfocus, I'm able to do big tasks in the shortest amount of time, and that's actually what has made me successful in my career (IT Consultant) but I find it that not having a plan usually causes me quite a bit of anxiety. I have got a loooose sense of time, I don't realize how far away or close an event seems.

I don't think I tend to be too hyperactive, maybe I was in my childhood, and actually, now that you say, I don't tend to get bored that easyly. Actually, I find it quite hard to get bored, as I have a constant interest on something. That probably explains why I find myself SO HAPPY to be alive and enjoy the tiniest things that interest me I guess. Is that compatible with ADD?

And maybe that explains as well why I have more than 30 websites open a time. I'm reading a story and then if I suddenly read something interesting, I switch to that, until I find another one... You can bet hypertext was designed thinking of me. I can spend hours just reading ****pedia on any subject I love, jumping from article to article...

Also, I'm quite creative, I simply LOVE music and love playing electric guitar. Actually, that keeps me interested for quite a while.

I have never been able to put up with authority with an explanation. Justice is at the core of my values. If I find something is not fair and I'm asked to do otherwise, there'll be trouble... Of course, I can control myself now, but when I was a child I used to ask "why?" about every decision on me.

I don't mind fluorescents particularly, I can do well on crouds but I don't like groups. The best possible company is being in my own company. I've never felt alone. I tend to have very few, but very close intimate friends, instead of big groups of acquaintances.

Also, I match the INFP Myers-Briggs personality type, which apparently 60% of ADD people matches too.

But, basically, I guess I don't view it as a disorder, or as something wrong, but as a personality trait. And definitely, I don't think I'd like to get "cured" from my hyperfocus on things that I love doing. Probably I need to learn some strategies in order to cope with planning, that's true.

Fortunately, I've never feel depressed in my life. I've been quite critical and sometimes self-harming to myself though. I have always valued maybe too much the opinion of others. Actually, now I'd say I consider ADD as a source for my natural happyness. I tend to be quite smiley about things.

I'm happy because I feel identified with lots of the things that I've read about it, and it's just as if I had found the "User guide" to myself. I can understand a lot of things now.

Who else feels roughly the same about it?

 
Old 08-19-2005, 04:56 PM   #8
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Re: Just found about my ADD today, and I'm SOOOOOO HAPPY!!!

I totally agree with a lot of what you're saying. I don't know if I have the full-out ADD or not, to be honest. My psych says she thinks I do, but I've never had thorough testing done....and I'm fairly convinced (at this very moment, my husband is dragging me to see a movie, and I feel like it's the worst kind of cruelty--I HATE MOVIES!!! I can't sit still long enough to enjoy one. I'm always thinking about something else I want to be doing, or my mind is wandering to the point where I don't even know what's going on in the movie.

So I'm pretty sure I have ADD. It's really funny, I've taken the Myers-Briggs at least 10 times throughout the course of my life, and I'm an unwavering INFP! Never had a different result. Interesting, huh?

As far as it being a disorder for me, I don't know. I have some problems that I'm trying to figure out and I believe that ADD, or whatever it is, plays a huge part. A disorder is something that interferes negatively with your life. So I guess it qualifies.

I don't want to be on meds, personally. I tried Adderall and it made me almost manic. But I have other issues too...

When I was a kid, my mom used to brag on me, saying that I never got bored and was always entertaining myself (off in my own little world, actually!) Now, I think my ADD has gotten worse, and I am stir-crazy. I have to be doing something...I have to be constantly stimulated, or doing something productive...it's not a trait I'm happy to be developing.

But anyway, ADD or not, at least you're on the road to self-discovery...that can only be a good thing...

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Old 08-19-2005, 05:18 PM   #9
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Re: Just found about my ADD today, and I'm SOOOOOO HAPPY!!!

I was also diagnosed today - they have me on Adderal - has anyone tried this? Does it get easier over time? I'm feeling a bit wired right now and want to know if this will ease over time...

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