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Old 11-29-2012, 01:22 PM   #1
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Is this what I've lived with for so long?

I was recently watching the Dr. Oz show mostly because I only get 2 channels, and he was listing off the symptoms of ADD/ADHD for women and I'm male but a lot of them were similar.

I dropped out of high school cause I was failing things for years and couldn't get anywhere. Now I went back to school took an upgrading class it took a while but finished it now I'm full time college program and I've failed everything and wasted about $5000 or more.

No matter how hard I try I get no where it's like a treadmill. I feel like I work 2X harder than everyone and only get 1/4 of the work completed.

I'm constantly day dreaming, I can't stand sitting for to long I would rather walk than sit on the bus for to long. I forget things so easily and miss place things, like this receipt for my 500$ tablet I need to return is no where to be found and I know I didn't throw it out I think. I just can't concentrate my head is like a pinball machine sometimes I can't sleep because I can't turn it off. Not to mention I'm always late for appointments and sometimes I forget about them.

I was diagnosed with a learning disability but I think it might be ADD. I'm so stressed out and freaking out I'm at my wits end and need help and the only Adult ADHD doctor is about a 6 hour bus ride from me. I don't even have a family doctor. I just don't know what to do anymore. I feel like a failure, I'm depressed and hide in my apartment, the only person that sees me is my room mate.

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Old 12-01-2012, 11:51 PM   #2
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Re: Is this what I've lived with for so long?

You could have ADD, the problem is that you don't talk about any of your symptoms. Although inattentiveness or hyperactivity is a common symptom, it is not only limited to JUST that.

A mind in chaos... Is what most people describe ADD as. To this they mean, a mind that they can't control, with thought patterns without ryhme or reason. And although they try to concentrate, they seem to jump to random topics in their heads, making no sense whatsoever.

What I find MYSELF doing in my head is one of 2 things: This reminds me of... OR... I wonder if... Although classic "day dreaming fodder" it comes in wave after wave.

You should do some research on the "6 types of ADHD/ADD" theory (or whatever it is) that is proposed by Dr. Amens or whatnot... And, if all else fails. Try to ind a psychologist specializing in ADD cases.

Hope my information helps, and good luck.

Old 12-02-2012, 12:05 AM   #3
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Re: Is this what I've lived with for so long?

Hey thanks for the reply I will look into the 6 types when I have a chance. I've been referred to a specialist already I'm just waiting for the phone call to set up an appointment.

I think my symptoms show a lot at school. I can't concentrate at what they are saying I just start to wonder off into my own world in my head and completely forget what they say so I miss the lecture. I cant remember anything unless I have someone on my case about it. I can't sit and do my homework I always get distracted by something more interesting like cleaning which I like to do don't judge me :-p. I'm also always fiddling with something in my hands usually my phone or tapping a pen or tapping my foot which annoys people. I have no control of my own head, I will try to sleep and it just kicks into high mode and won't stop. I'm not a very hyper person I've always been the quiet person. Like I know I'm smart but I feel like I'm tied to this weight.

I was reading about adderall xr and that sounds like something that might help but I think I have to wait till I see the specialist. Let's just pray it's before next month when the new semester starts because I can't fail another semester.

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Re: Is this what I've lived with for so long?

Your symptoms certainly sound ADHD-like. The problem is that ADHD has become something of a 'catch all' diagnosis of late with many doctors taking the shortcut of calling any inattentiveness or impulsiveness ADHD without exploring alternative diagnoses.

If you feel like you may have ADHD and you can afford it, get yourself a full physical, checking for any conditions that may lead to ADHD-like symptoms. After that, consult a mental health professional and have a proper diagnosis done. Just hold anyone diagnosing you accountable and make sure that the diagnosis makes sense to you. When seeking my own diagnosis, I ran in to a number of lazy professionals with pet causes who did me more harm than good (sounds like a catch-22, I know). Get a diagnosis, but educate yourself and don't accept something that doesn't make sense.

If you're in a situation where you can't afford a proper diagnosis, in many cases you can walk into the office of a general practitioner these days and walk out with meds (I've heard of people being diagnosed and medded because they were late for their appointment). If you can get a diagnosis from a GP, give the meds a try and see how it goes. The beauty of ADHD meds is their effect is so general they can help with your focus problems whatever the source, at least temporarily. This may help you get through school or whatever until you're into a financial situation that allows for a better exploration of your issues.

Note that I am not suggesting deception or illegal behaviour. No matter what you do, make sure it's on the up and up.

Best of luck

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