I think I have ADD...for real

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    Jul 12, 2012 8:37 PM GMT
    I know this is an over-diagnosed disorder, but I have way too many of the symptoms at such an extreme level, that I think I may actually have ADD. It's definitely affected my performance in college, and a lot of other things in my personal and daily life as well. Is this something I should tell my physician about, or should I just go straight to a psychiatrist or something? I don't really know how one goes about getting diagnosed...
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    Jul 12, 2012 9:45 PM GMT
    Just because it's allegedly over-diagnosed doesn't mean that ADHD doesn't exist. See if your school has a psychologist available that can help. I wouldn't just rely on a GP (Dr) to do the assessment. Behavioural training is often tried first before drugs although studies show applying both is most effective.

    Typically assessment is done by analyzing the responses to a large number of questions about the patient's past behaviour. Sometimes a person displays so many symptomatic behaviours that it can be obvious to the trained eye.

    I once commented to my wife (who worked in health care) that a co-worker was a great guy but odd in a hard to define way. A few months later she had the chance to spend a few hours with him and told me privately later that he demonstrated classic signs of ADD. A few months later he confided in me that he had been recently diagnosed with ADD, which was surprising to him because he was in his early 30's.

    Interesting fact: one study showed that 1/3 of kids with ADHD eventually "outgrow" it. A suggested explanation is that some kids learn coping techniques to effectively overcome it.

    Another thought: many people claim its over-diagnosed. I know one psychologist who thinks it was simply under-diagnosed in earlier generations with ADHD kids simply getting labeled ("trouble-maker, dumb, loser", etc.)
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    Jul 12, 2012 9:48 PM GMT
    Go to a psychologist who specializes in ADD, LD, and psychometric testing.
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    Jul 12, 2012 9:51 PM GMT
    It won't hurt to have it checked out. I was diagnosed with ADD a few years ago, after years of thinking my behavior was just typical of many people.

    I could not concentrate in class, rarely could pay attention in a conversation for more than a few minutes, even watching TV and movies became a task for me. I also slept only a few hours at best a night (2-4) because I always had a million different things racing in my mind. I'm much better now, mainly due to make a great effort an organizing my life.


    And yeah, I was diagnosed at my school by someone who asked a million different questions. Ironically, even during the questioning I could not pay attention or keep my mind off other things.
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    Jul 12, 2012 9:58 PM GMT
    There is a clinic specializing in adolescent medicine (ages 12-21) at Stony Brook University. It looks like they have an office in Islip Terrace. That might be a good place to start.
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    Jul 13, 2012 12:41 AM GMT
    I'm actually going through the same thing... I'd start with your physician for help. They might be able to address the problem in some way, and recommend whether or not to see a psych. In my area though, going to get tested for adult ADD at a psych center is like a 4 month wait and a 3 hour process! --good luck dude!
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    Jul 13, 2012 2:14 AM GMT
    countrycityboy saidI know this is an over-diagnosed disorder, but I have way too many of the symptoms at such an extreme level, that I think I may actually have ADD. It's definitely affected my performance in school, and a lot of other things in my personal and daily life as well. Is this something I should tell my physician about, or should I just go straight to a psychiatrist or something? I don't really know how one goes about getting diagnosed...


    I'm pretty sure I have it as well. There are entire days where I have trouble concentrating on a single task for more than 8-10 seconds. Other times, I'm so hyper-focused that I can tune everything out. It's pretty distressing to me. Probably a good idea for you (and me) to get diagnosed.
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    Jul 13, 2012 2:40 AM GMT
    I'd say take an online test sponsored by a pharmaceutical company. Then get a Rx from your primary care physician. icon_twisted.gif
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    Jul 13, 2012 2:44 AM GMT
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    countrycityboy saidI know this is an over-diagnosed disorder, but I have way too many of the symptoms at such an extreme level, that I think I may actually have ADD. It's definitely affected my performance in school, and a lot of other things in my personal and daily life as well. Is this something I should tell my physician about, or should I just go straight to a psychiatrist or something? I don't really know how one goes about getting diagnosed...


    I'm pretty sure I have it as well. There are entire days where I have trouble concentrating on a single task for more than 8-10 seconds. Other times, I'm so hyper-focused that I can tune everything out. It's pretty distressing to me. Probably a good idea for you (and me) to get diagnosed.


    If you can hyper focus to the point of tuning everything out, then you probably dont have it.

    Everyone shows some symptoms of ADD, like restlessness, unable to pay attention, and so forth, and I have heard everyone and their mother say they have it. Its best to talk to a professional, and not "self Diagnose" like half the world.
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    Jul 13, 2012 2:46 AM GMT
    Chainers saidIf you can hyper focus to the point of tuning everything out, then you probably dont have it.

    Everyone shows some symptoms of ADD, like restlessness, unable to pay attention, and so forth, and I have heard everyone and their mother say they have it. Its best to talk to a professional, and not "self Diagnose" like half the world.
    I've got a the Hyperactive aspect of ADHD... I can be up and on all day long, but when I drink coffee I get shut down and have to crash out.
    Actually, I attribute it to my brain power/focus; which came with lots of constant continuous practice. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 13, 2012 3:32 AM GMT
    exercise and proper diet help with this, no matter who you are!
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    Jul 13, 2012 6:25 AM GMT
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    Jul 13, 2012 6:52 AM GMT
    Chainers said
    redsoxfan791 said
    countrycityboy said


    If you can hyper focus to the point of tuning everything out, then you probably dont have it.

    Everyone shows some symptoms of ADD, like restlessness, unable to pay attention, and so forth, and I have heard everyone and their mother say they have it. Its best to talk to a professional, and not "self Diagnose" like half the world.


    Common misconception, Chainers, to assume that someone with ADHD spectrum can't hyper-focus. When we were trying to figure what exactly was going on in my son's head I insisted he couldn't have ADD because he was able to hyper-focus to the Nth degree when he played with Lego. The psychologist said that aspect was actually a clue to her that my son did fall within the spectrum because a lot of ADD kids can hyper-focus on specific task, usually thngs that highly interest them. (Obviously that wasn't the only symptom my son had.)

    If I recall correctly people with ADD/ADHD actually do quite well in certain careers and the ability to hyper-focus in certain areas was suggested as being one reason why they could suceed.

    One example was emergency medicine. The psychologist suggested that ADD kids are bombarded with stimuli constantly ("a million things at once") and they struggle to keep stuff in focus and they, by necessity, must learn to do so in ways that "normal" people don't have to. In an emergency setting the ability to hyper-focus on the task on hand when information might be flying at you from every direction is obviously a benefit.

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    Jul 13, 2012 7:03 AM GMT
    countrycityboy saidI know this is an over-diagnosed disorder, but I have way too many of the symptoms at such an extreme level, that I think I may actually have ADD. It's definitely affected my performance in college, and a lot of other things in my personal and daily life as well. Is this something I should tell my physician about, or should I just go straight to a psychiatrist or something? I don't really know how one goes about getting diagnosed...


    If you are asking then you probably don't have ADD. Most ADD people are identified by those who are closest to them or those that know them well. Just my personal opinion and experience with this form of giftedness.
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    Jul 14, 2012 1:50 AM GMT
    jmusmc85 saidIt won't hurt to have it checked out. I was diagnosed with ADD a few years ago, after years of thinking my behavior was just typical of many people.

    I could not concentrate in class, rarely could pay attention in a conversation for more than a few minutes, even watching TV and movies became a task for me. I also slept only a few hours at best a night (2-4) because I always had a million different things racing in my mind. I'm much better now, mainly due to make a great effort an organizing my life.


    And yeah, I was diagnosed at my school by someone who asked a million different questions. Ironically, even during the questioning I could not pay attention or keep my mind off other things.


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    omg. That's me too. I may have to get checked out.