I am 56 years old and as far as I can remember I have known something was wrong. Then when I happen to be reading a magazine one day I found an article on ADHD in adults. The symtoms all were exactly how I have felt for most of my life. I sit here now and look at things in my house and see things like one curtain hung in the bedroom and the other still sitting on the dresser for over two weeks. Painted one wall in the kitchen two months ago and never felt like doing the other. I start so many things and never seem to get them finished before I start something else. I put my paperwork and taxes off until the very last minute, just can't get motivated and when I do it is only for a short period. I go from one extream to another. One day I am on top of the world and can't stop talking and the next or even a few hours later I won't talk at all to anyone. Should I tell this to my doctor or do I sound like maybe I am just nuts.
As td said, your symptoms may or may not be ADD symptoms. While many ADD'ers have trouble with motivaton, procrastination, and follow-through, the predominant symptom is one of inattention.
What were you like as a kid? What did your teachers have to say about you?
Got expelled in eighth grade twice, I was always trying to get attention I guess, quit school in 11th grade, been married three times, seems like I always feel for someone I felt sorry for. Never held a job for more than a couple years I always seem to get board as soon as I figured out the job.
I do think that being evaluated for ADHD is a logical step for you. In fact, I wouldn't limit it to ADHD, but would instead ask for a referral to a psychiatrist for a "thorough evaluation". Explain to your physician that you are having trouble and that you think it's time that you got some help.
I was recently diagnosed with ADD, my biggest problem was putting off talking to my doctor about it.
I recently moved so I needed to find a new doctor in my area, so I decided to start with a family practice. I really think this is the best choice because they are used to prescribing ADD meds to kids.
I spent a good half hour talking about my childhood, becuase ADD does not begin in adulthood, you must let the doctor know you had syptoms in childhood. I was prescribed adderall XR 10mg to start and so far it works great, i just get worried I will get hooked or addicted, but it helps me focus at my job which is the most important thing for me right now!
As for the comment about if someone is able to earn a degree they can't have ADHD - I find that to be entirely untrue. If someone is passionate enough about a certian hobby or whatnot, they can overcome their ADHD problems (in regard to that specific hobby, task, etc) My father and I both have ADHD, he earned a bachelors and masters before being diagnosed. I will be earning my bachelors in the fall and have just within the last month started medication.
My childhood was evident that I had ADHD, but it went undiganosed until Dad went in for a diagnosis, and advised me to get tested as well since I too have/had symptoms.
One day I am on top of the world and can't stop talking and the next or even a few hours later I won't talk at all to anyone. .
This could also be a symptom of Hypomania & Dysthymia... ADHD have comorbid conditions...
It could be a mood irregularity condition so talk to your doctor about this too, since a mood stablizer can be given to calm the chatter/ thoughts and social/asocial swings, if the the ADHD meds are not helping with this particular issue
To the person that said you can't have a college degree and have ADD. I know several people that have college degrees that are ADD. Infact, I know a high profile lawyer with ADHD. He is very successful. Not part of the criteria for ADD.
If you have not finished school YEARS and failing grades is a good sign of ADHD if you've achieved a college degree you cannot say you have ADHD
While ADHD interfers with academic progress and achievement, I have read ADHD articles that it either took the ADHD/ ADD person more time then the average college graduate to finish a college degree or took more effort and social/work sacrifices to make up for setbacks cause by the ADHD symptoms...
So its quite possible to having ADHD and complete a college/professional degree...
I saw a specialist and got tested (out of pocket). My family doctor was no help. The therapist was amazed that I function as well as I do without medication (too much heart disease in my family for me to want to take the medicine) and my TOVA score was something like -18.51. I have a college degree, a family, a full-time job, and I'm looking into grad school. How smart you are has nothing to do with it.
Last week I had three days straight where I couldn't focus at all, then I got back into it by Thursday. So now I'm swamped, but I'm in hyper-focus. Work with your ADD, as crazy as it sounds. Build routines into your life, organize your work so you have a plan of attack for that inbox, and everything will be fine. If your work is monotonous, feel free to daydream at the same time. Hey, it takes SKILL to multitask like that!
I work best with deadlines and goals to stimulate my brain. Try it. I ALWAYS start laundry two hours before I'm due to leave somewhere (on a weekend, so if I'm 5 minutes late it's someone who won't care). You better bet that it's done and most of it is hung up by the time I run out the door. At work, I tell myself that I have to enter all the orders by lunchtime. I have to finish yesterday's emails by 10am and start on today's. Whatever it takes.
But it took years for me to learn to cope like this. Doctors who get it are out there. You just have to find one. And don't overlook behavioral therapy. Medication isn't everything, although I hear it helps.
Thanks for your input, I have been doing that for years but now it seems I have just totally lost all feelings of doing anything even when I know the things must be done or else the cost is very bad, but it is like I would rather just check out than try to do all of the things that have mounted now and the feeling of being overwhelmed is really really bad. I know if I could just get started on some of the things I would feel much better but I just can't even keep going once I start , I need to do our taxes which is very complicated and I know the deadline is coming and it is like I would rather just die then even try to complete this task. I really don't know where to turn. My dr. appt. is not until another month, I go to pain management once every two months for my back but it just seems so long away.
With ADHD, its a process to manage the conditions...
First, can you pay someone to do your taxes? I believe its not much, and may be worth it then to agonise doing something that would cause you more stress..
Ask you doctor if you can give you medication for the ADHD as see how it affects you...
You can also make a list, with all the things that you feel that if you can manage, would make your life manageable...
Ask a organized friend/confident or if you have the financial option to hire a ADHD coach, this would be extremely helpful to get back on track..
Read books on ADHD management, there's alot of information for Adult ADHD'ers to cope with daily living... Cut back on anything that unnecessary and do only what's necessary until you are back in track...
Its a long process, yet I am confident you can acquire skills to better your lifestyle...
With all due respect to who ever says you cannot have a good education & have ADD/ADHD. That would be the dark ages. I am as is my daughter ADHD. I have been back to school, was it easy no way, but I did it & had the highest test score on my medical termonology final, yep even shocked me. Did I love it heck no. I was not diagnosed until I was in my 30's, I am glad my just turned 21 daughter does not see the remark about failing, she actually struggled through school but graduated at 17, & you want to talk about hyper, & not being able to concentrate or focus.... Educating ourselves & learning to do things I certain way, in some cases meds (for school for both of us), definate learning to organize, & yes the dreaded deadlines we set for ourselves. My daughter is young & still struggles in alot of areas, I knew I always had it but lived in denial, till I went back to school. I took a friend who knew me very well, & told the doctor how I felt, bunch of questions, family history & so forth.... He said the medication will not work if you are not ADHD/Add, can do opposite, well boy what a difference for me, school no longer had me in tears, did not like med. but it allowed me to learn & study & yes actually remember what I studied. Always working on staying organized, always will. I am happy I know, just flat out educate yourself, so many misconceptions out there. I am an avid reader, love to read, always have, it just has to interest me. Lots of successful people out there with this. I am aliitle easly frustarated, getting better & definantly can obsess about things. some of this just will never change. Good luck to you!