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    Old 01-06-2006, 07:11 AM   #1
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    Question: How did you guys get diagnosed with ADD?

    I see a lot of posters posting about how they were "diagnosed with ADD" at such-and-such time/year, and I'm just wondering...HOW were you guys diagnosed?

    Did you go to your doctor one day for say a check up and he mentioned that you might be ADD? Were you going to a therapist for other "symptoms" (relationship issues, failure to concentrate, job issues, etc) and were finally diagnosed as ADD? OR, did you notice some symptoms of ADD and went to get tested/diagnosed?

    I'm wondering because I just made an appointment at my campus health center to go get "evaluated" for possibly having ADD because after reading a lot of the symptoms on this site, I finally realize that I have a lot of the symptoms mentioned here! I've had them for my whole life too! I feel like it's getting worse. Failure to organize, serious procrastination, lack of focus sometimes, school problems, etc)

    The thing is, I had to be the one to sort of "self-diagnose" myself. Nobody ever told me "Maybe you have ADD!" Is this how many of you found out you had ADD? Did people tell you:"you know, you MIGHT have add", or did you have to sort of "self-diagnose" yourself first??

    Because, my mom swears that I dont' have ADD. She just thinks I'm lazy. And who knows?? Maybe I am! But I would at least like to know for sure if I don't have ADD.

     
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    Old 01-06-2006, 08:25 AM   #2
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    Hi sweet_chic,

    I am twenty-five now, and was diagnosed as having had ADD as a child. My local doctor didn't pick it up, and was flirting with the idea of bipolar. I went to the Maudsley in London, which is a specialist unit, after my mother was diagnosed with it. By having a thorough consultation and psychological testing, as well as childhood school reports, they were at least able to say I had it as a child. As for now, my case is cloudy - I am currently being referred for an autistic spectrum evaluation, which hasn't even occured to me before; and I have acute anxiety and depressive spells. I think, for most people, getting a diagnosis of ADD is difficult, because it looks like other problems, such as bipolar disorder, and people, as you suggest, tend to wipe people off with ADD as being lazy. With me it was difficult, unruly and petulant. But we're lovely really!

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    Old 01-06-2006, 08:08 PM   #3
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    Re: Question: How did you guys get diagnosed with ADD?

    I simply went to my primary care doc, told him that I thought I had ADD and why and he gave me a referral. From there I had a bunch of testing done and now I'm seeing a psychiatrist. From start the finish the process took about 4 weeks.

     
    Old 01-07-2006, 06:33 AM   #4
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    Re: Question: How did you guys get diagnosed with ADD?

    well, i was going to a marriage counselor who referred me to a psychiatrist, i guess she thought i might be depressed. anyway he had me do some test/quizzes then talked to me then told me i have add. and i was like what are you talking about?! since i never even thought i had it, never crossed my mind, i just thought that i was a blockhead of sorts. actually, i still don't completely believe the diagnosis.

     
    Old 01-09-2006, 07:30 AM   #5
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    Re: Question: How did you guys get diagnosed with ADD?

    [*I appologize for the length of this post ahead of time*]

    Well, I finally decided to break down and get an appointment at the campus health center to see if they can do an add evaluation on me. My appt. is in about 2 weeks.

    I was just going to brush it off as being "lazy" or just the "procrastinating queen" in me, but after reading this thread, and knowing that I have only 1 more semester of college left, I wanted to see if maybe I had this disorder. I highly suspect it, since my "symptoms" have been present ever since I was in grade school.

    My teachers even in elementary school would say that I was "bright", but just liked to "daydream" a lot, or "look out the window". My grades in school have NEVER been up to my ability. They have always been somewhat low despite the fact that I think I am a very smart individual. I could never understand why.

    Even through college, my grades haven't been all that great. I've even failed classes in college, only to have to take them again. In high school, it wasn't really "vital" to really read and understand the course material in the books since the teacher usually basically reiterated it again in class. But college has hit me like a brick wall. In fact, I'm surprised I've been able to last as long as I have. My GPA is so low right now, I'm afraid they'll kick me out of my major! It was this realization that spurred me on to really SERIOUSLY get checked out.

    I'm thinking not only for my school career, but also for my JOB career after I graduate. I can forsee these ADD symptoms taking over my life. I have a part-time administrative job right now that I work, and even though I'm pretty proficient, I'm just very fortunate that the office environment is pretty laid back and relaxed for the most part. But when it's really really high-paced/deadlines are due, I'm a nervous wreck!

    And I find myself getting more and more absent-minded as I get older. Soemtimes I just "forget" to do things! This has been present ever since I was young! You should see my room....it's a MESS! It's like a tornado has hit it most of the time. I know this is not normal for a young woman in her 20's! My mom asks me to do things around the house, and usually I try to do them, but other times I either don't have the "motivation", or I "forget" what she asked me to do. Or, I'll START something, but won't/can't finish it. It's so crazy.

    I just want an end to my absent-mindedness. I want to be able to READ for longer than 2 seconds, and actually stay FOCUSED on what I read and remember and learn something!

    THis is just getting so frustrating.... Does/has anyone feel/felt the same?

    I can't wait for my ADD evaluation....

     
    Old 03-03-2006, 12:24 PM   #6
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    Re: Question: How did you guys get diagnosed with ADD?

    hello, i feel the same as you do. as the first of june i was told i have adult add. i have been on meds since. next week i have a appointment to get some guidance in what to do next. i have a lifetime of covering up adult add. i do not know what path to follow next. i do know that when i am on conctera i want to read read read. i have to urge to create art. when i was waiting for atena to get their act together i had to wait for three weeks to get the new set of pills. well that was long enough for me to realize the difference was. i am almost 60 years old. i want to get on the busy bus now. i don't have a lot of time left.

     
    Old 03-05-2006, 05:22 PM   #7
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    Re: Question: How did you guys get diagnosed with ADD?

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    Originally Posted by sweet_chic
    [*I appologize for the length of this post ahead of time*]

    Well, I finally decided to break down and get an appointment at the campus health center to see if they can do an add evaluation on me. My appt. is in about 2 weeks.

    I was just going to brush it off as being "lazy" or just the "procrastinating queen" in me, but after reading this thread, and knowing that I have only 1 more semester of college left, I wanted to see if maybe I had this disorder. I highly suspect it, since my "symptoms" have been present ever since I was in grade school.

    My teachers even in elementary school would say that I was "bright", but just liked to "daydream" a lot, or "look out the window". My grades in school have NEVER been up to my ability. They have always been somewhat low despite the fact that I think I am a very smart individual. I could never understand why.

    Even through college, my grades haven't been all that great. I've even failed classes in college, only to have to take them again. In high school, it wasn't really "vital" to really read and understand the course material in the books since the teacher usually basically reiterated it again in class. But college has hit me like a brick wall. In fact, I'm surprised I've been able to last as long as I have. My GPA is so low right now, I'm afraid they'll kick me out of my major! It was this realization that spurred me on to really SERIOUSLY get checked out.

    I'm thinking not only for my school career, but also for my JOB career after I graduate. I can forsee these ADD symptoms taking over my life. I have a part-time administrative job right now that I work, and even though I'm pretty proficient, I'm just very fortunate that the office environment is pretty laid back and relaxed for the most part. But when it's really really high-paced/deadlines are due, I'm a nervous wreck!

    And I find myself getting more and more absent-minded as I get older. Soemtimes I just "forget" to do things! This has been present ever since I was young! You should see my room....it's a MESS! It's like a tornado has hit it most of the time. I know this is not normal for a young woman in her 20's! My mom asks me to do things around the house, and usually I try to do them, but other times I either don't have the "motivation", or I "forget" what she asked me to do. Or, I'll START something, but won't/can't finish it. It's so crazy.

    I just want an end to my absent-mindedness. I want to be able to READ for longer than 2 seconds, and actually stay FOCUSED on what I read and remember and learn something!

    THis is just getting so frustrating.... Does/has anyone feel/felt the same?

    I can't wait for my ADD evaluation....

    Did I write this?

    But seriously, I could have... even your first post about your mom thinking your lazy, I can completely relate. I was "diagnosed" about 3 yrs ago by a psychologist after taking some tests. My mom has come around a little to understanding that I don't try to take a half an hour to get my coat and bag, it's just after getting sidetracked and distracted 30 times and saying at least 5 times "what was I doing?" to myself it takes that long.

    I'm trying to find ways to cope and trying to just accept those aspects that are minor details (like so what if the top of my dresser is covered with everything but the kitchen sink)... anyway... I know your post was a while ago, but I hope u are doing okay with all this.

    Take care!

     
    Old 03-05-2006, 08:39 PM   #8
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    Re: Question: How did you guys get diagnosed with ADD?

    my mom diagnosed me - she said it wasn't normal for a girl as smart as i am (low-genius level) to fail math three years in a row but get high 90s (and one perfect mark) in languages and history. all my reports say the same thing: "needs to focus", "lacks motivation", "brilliant! such a pleasure to teachy, but needs to let others talk", "was she in my class? i don't remember meeting her" [from a teacher in whose class the highest mark was my absenteeism], and so on.

    i have the hyperfocussing form - i either can't focus at all, or i can't pull out of something. if i start reading a book, i MUST finish reading it or i get cranky as all hell. once i'm on the computer, i'm on for a minimuim six hours - 12 or 18 are not uncommon. i'll even keep reading/posting even when i'm about to burst a kidney - it just doesn't register until the dam's about to break.

    ........there was a point to this but damned if i can remember what i was trying to say.

    [later] oh, okay - yeah - so basically, what i hear you saying is you want to be able to fit in with "normal" ppl. you know what? don't! unless you really love your administrative job (and you probably don't, or you'd have no problem figuring out coping mechanisms), the fact that you're having such trouble with it just means you're not in the right milieu. why not go to a career counsellor and find something that fits in with your ADHD? most jobs requiring creativity and fast thinking - motivational speaking, marketing, etc - are tailor made for us.

    i guess what i'm thinking is that ppl are too quick to say "disorder" and "bad" when it ain't necessarily so. sometimes it's not a "disorder" - it's just different. you say having a messy room is "not normal" for a 20 yr old girl - where is that written down? i sure as hell never read any law saying girls are neat and if you saw this house, full of nothing but females, or my sister's house, or my daughter's house, or my younger daughter's bedroom, or my friends' houses, well ... far as i'm concerned, having a neat and tidy house is NOT normal, lol.

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    Old 03-06-2006, 04:47 AM   #9
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    Re: Question: How did you guys get diagnosed with ADD?

    I am 25 now and I was Diagnosed with ADHD as a child , I remember my parents took me and my brother to a lot of different doctors ( i did not know the reason at the time) and then being told that we had ADHD and that we had to take some tablets to help us concentrate. my mother was given a sheet of paper from one of the doctors that said " if your child has 14 of these 16 symptoms he has ADHD" well we both had all 16.
    I fidget
    I find it hard to concentrate
    I procrastinate, The list goes on and on..
    Some days are greater than others
    I spent a while on meds IE: Ritalin, Dexamphetamine and Prozac.
    I found that my choices were Take the meds and deal with the side-effects
    or Stay clean and deal with consequences.
    I have been Clean for a long time now and i am better for it.

    Don't be ashamed ( i was for quite a while) but learn to embrace it, and do the best you can with it.

     
    Old 03-08-2006, 08:31 PM   #10
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    Re: Question: How did you guys get diagnosed with ADD?

    i made a appointment with a mental health dr. he asked what makes you think you have add? i made a list of things i have always had trouble with. he put on meds. it took a long time to find the right one. now on concerta i can stay on task. i still cannot remember things a lot.

     
    Old 03-11-2006, 01:13 PM   #11
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    Re: Question: How did you guys get diagnosed with ADD?

    it was never a question of laziness for me. if anything, i did too much...too much of everything that nothing got done. it's hard to describe (and could even be called "normal daily life stuff" that everyone goes through), but anyone who has ADD will tell you that it's not "normal".

    since ADD problems have always been a part of me, i can't recall any particular start date. but i remembered having to repeat first grade because my teacher felt i was "too scattered" to fully understand the material. i never felt stupid...if anything, i felt more perceptive than the other students in the class and, sometimes, the teacher too.

    by the 4th grade, my school finally brought in a psychologist to evaluate me. i took all sorts of IQ type tests and even remembered the timer going off, everytime, before i could finish, which completely frazzled me, but the psychologist just supported me along while observing my strategies. the results? ADD w/IQ of 150...w/clear inability to focus, perfectionist. but before they could implement a plan, my family moved...and i started at another school.

    always believing that I was bright, my parents refused to recognize ADD. so the idea was abandoned and, under no treatment, i finished HS and even managed to get accepted at a pretty competitive college (all done w/a lot of HARD WORK).

    but college was where my problems started...i studied for hours, but managed to only read a couple of text pages. i taped my lectures, but found no good in this either. without my parent's support, my self-esteem dropped...i was depressed, and for the first time in my life, i felt stupid.

    eventually graduating, i found a job in the real world...but wasn't able to regained my confidence. i decided to get help at 30. i saw my pcp who started me on meds...and after some trial and error, i'm feeling a little better about myself everyday.

    i regret not getting help sooner. i could've had better grades. i didn't need to study such long/abnormal hours. looking back, i feel very robbed. so based on my experience, if you feel something isn't right, you should get help because it does exist.

     
    Old 03-15-2006, 06:35 PM   #12
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    Hey-Its okay trust yourself...The sooner you get dxed the better.
    When I was younger? I could sit down and play with blocks for hours....but making transitions from one thing to another was extremely difficult. In pre school if we had story time...I was in the corner doing my own thing..In my own lil world. I wuz moved up a year early because I was ahead. Then they started to notice I flipped things....and patterns were so difficult 4 me. They suggested that I might be dyslexic but my parents r like total california hippiez and ignored it. Then I was soooo disorganized, so forgetful so "slow" but my IQ was average...I wuz so behind they placed me in special ed...then they told me I was doing to well to be needing the extra help. I suffered really bad in 1rst through 5th in silence, never received a B and now looking back, I missed out on so much. But I didn't understand I thought every1 was like me and I was just a "Weak" person...Doing homework was impossible, always ended in tears. Came home from skool crying b/c I began to feel really misplaced by 5th grade. In 6th grade I discovered wut I call "elementry ditchin" lol never went to band. Began to have obsessions and compulsions, ya i wouldnt wanna parent myself!! My standard of living got stuck on survive...My parents had to take me out and homeschool me, with no diagnoses...Then they heard for the first time about ADD and were like omg thats the problem. Took me to this guy who specializes in ADD did 2hours of testing. Came out told us I was boarderline...but auditory wasnt my way of learning and to look into audotity processing problems...but wouldnt suggest medication yet but might later as i grew. Again my parents ignored that...8th grade OCD just totally consumed my life, trying to control my life controlled who I was...Parents sent me to a shrink dxed me with that put on prozac and wallah iz like magic lol helped alot. But as the OCD subsided for once I was old enough to realize man I really am different..it got worse and worse I started skool up in 9th grade HS flunking I couldnt even finish writing 3 sentences on my own. I never got diagnosed untill it truley became debilitating. It makes me angry to think "woah imagine all I could have known....if only i was dxed earlier". Well I cant change the past but I can hope for the future and live for today the best I can! I know sometimes you might feel like your stupid. I thought I was. l8ter we realized I wasn't diagnosed with anything because I scored so above average in one area of my test and so low in another that it averaged out. Keeping searching....trust yourself. If you cant find hope, theres hope for you hear....
    take care

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    I am looking for information on ADD. Took my 15 yr old grandson to doctor last week, Ped referred him for counseling for possible depression. Counselor thinks he may be ADD and not depressed. He is easily distracted, very poor spelling, sleeps for long periods of time, poor grades, teachers say not working up to ability, angry (no major fights but very sharp tongue). Mother is possible bipolar. Any insights would be appreicated.

     
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    Hello Everyone I came across this post as I normally am in the vision section as I am suffering with a bunch of eye trouble that I won't get into on this post, but I had to reply to this one as I am 30 years old now and have been taking Ritilan for about a year now. I was diagnosed by a psychiatrist, I had to take tons and tons of tests, I had to first take this weird test with this blinking light and it drove me insane, then I was given some sort of pill and was told to come back in an hour and re-take the test.

    The next day I was given the same test and then another pill and did the same thing again. One pill was a placebo and the other pill was a low dose of Ritilan. I showed improvement with the Ritilan, I wasn't fully diagnosed with ADD though which I was amazed because all my life growing up I had trouble in school, not being able to concentrate, being called lazy and scattered brained and I never knew why? The psychiatrist said I showed many signs and symptoms of having ADD but I didn't have it completely and he also diagnosed me with depression which I already knew I had.

    Ritilan has improved my depression and has also made a huge difference on me being able to concentrate now. Although it comes with a price, taking an amphetamine every day for a year I now have noticed many side effects that I am for some reason ignoring and not mentioning to my doctor as I am afraid she will take away my Ritilan. I cannot function without it and have tried to quit taking it to see what will happen and when I do I am right back where I started, irritable, fussy, scatter-brained, un-able to focus and extremely impatient.

    With any sort of mental disease or disorder there will always be many un-answered questions and many questions that cannot be answered as they don't have the answer to them, boy that sounded really ADD lol. I asked my doctor if I will have to be on Ritilan for the rest of my life and she said no? So what does ADD just go away with age? Does it get better with age? I am not sure what to think anymore, all I know is that I feel I was misdiagnosed in having only some signs and symptoms, Im wondering if I should get a second opinion and re-take all of these tests again to see if there is any change? Thank-you all for reading this and I will appreciate any advice. D

     
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    I was referred by my general practitioner because I was so off the scale on a depression diagnostic, she referred me to a shrink. He scribbled while I gave him what I thought was a concise, to the point narrative. He asked me a couple of questions and then said matter-of-factly "Here's what I'm going to prescribe for your ADD." I was blindsided. I was 54 years old. There's no way I can have ADD. I was furious with him, but he was very calm and serene and Buddah-like. He told me it didn't manifest to an incapacitating degree before because I am high functioning and had strong coping mechanisms but it was there and classic and as I got older the ability to cope was getting worse.

    I was so mad I didn't go back to him for a year but my memory and confusion got worse and worse and I didn't have any other answers, so I went back and finally agreed to go on Ritalin AL. With the first dose, I felt clear for the first time in my life. I was like, "Wow, so this is how normal feels." I felt less muddled in my head. I went home and was able to clean my refrigerator from top to bottom. Amazing! However, the Ritalin nearly took out my heart, so he put me on Focalin AR which is less strong to me but no heart or blood pressure problems. No health insurance and not much money so I take it when I have something to do which requires heavy conenctration.

    I can see now that I have a basis for comparison that without meds if anything is out of my line of vision or out of my hand, it drops into a black hole in the universe and I don't know what happens to it. The kids (now 26, 25 and 19) knew not to give me anything that had to be signed and taken back to school. They had to get it back. The only good things about ADD are that it made me quirky and gave me a unique approach to problem-solving (we are not striaght-line thinkers) and my area of hyperfocus was academics (I would go spastic if I got a bad grade in school, not so much now as I am older and stupider).

    The medication has wiped out my chronic depression and feelings of general hopelessness. It makes me feel capable and like my brain functions at a higher level. And I can remember where I put things so that while I'm on it I don't accidentally wash a ham in the dishwasher (while the dishwasher was running I was like, "What is that smell?"). The downside is that I am "normal" and not at all hilariously funny when I'm medicated (the fast wit factor was probably a coping mechanism).

     
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