ADHD/ADD support thread, others seem to generalized and stagnant.

  • ADDitude

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    Aug 13, 2014 5:04 PM GMT
    Ok so there's a few threads that seem to cover a wide spectrum of the cognitively diverse so I wanted to make one for the ADD'ers. I know there are other websites/forums out there but I seem to never get and feedback from those who are non-breeders.


    I was diagnosed ADD a few years back after sifting through the anxiety/depression and such of a crazy childhood/gay thing etc. Well I just tried to cope overtime and finally decided to stop beating my head against the wall and get organized.

    Was re-diagnosed on Monday ADHD-Combined and back starting adderall.


    So shout outs, stories, questions, think you have it?, whatever... lets this be the place.
  • ADDitude

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    Aug 13, 2014 5:06 PM GMT
    dammnit I was so focused on this that I thought I was in the mental health forum icon_evil.gificon_eek.gificon_cry.gificon_redface.gificon_lol.gificon_rolleyes.gif
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    Aug 13, 2014 5:19 PM GMT
    Well, I once...let me get back to you.
  • MikeW

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    Aug 13, 2014 5:37 PM GMT
    It's dumb but to post a thread in a particular sub-forum, it isn't enough to be IN that forum when you post. You have to select it from a drop down menu above the posting topic field. Totally counterintuitive.

    Anyway, I'm far from an expert and I'm sure if these diagnoses had been around when I was younger I would have been diagnosed as ADD or some such. My experience with it (and other people) is that the language used to describe this condition is prejudiced. IMO, it is neither a "deficit" nor a "disorder," what it is, is a different (less linear) thought/awareness process. Rather than a linear sequential focus, it is a more 'multiple angle' or 'scattershot' or multidirectional way of focusing attention. This doesn't fit well with our 'language skills' oriented education and business world. However, it is good for many other things like multi tasking and creative pursuits where a more 'free flow' of thought and imagination are needed.

    Just my thoughts on the subject.

  • Aug 13, 2014 6:05 PM GMT
    Well I was diagnosed with adhd when I was in middle school and they put me on ritalin. It turned me into a zombie with less then 40 mg. I refused to take anymore and also avidly avoid any pharma when possible unless despirately needed.

    In all actuality my ADHD has been a blessing, with my jobs it allows me to easily out perform others. I honestly look at it as an adaption to the ever increasing pace in our world. I am also OCD, so the way I look at it, I will get things done fast and accurate lol!

    To be honest the human race is afraid of anything different then themselves, this is why we have issues with race, sexuality, hair color, ethnicity, etc. If there was an evolutionary step or someone born with the ability to fly per se, we would label it as a disorder and drug them. We would convince them that something is wrong with them because if the wind blew, they might catch it with their wings and topple over, and that is not normal behavior.

    But for someone with wings, it is normal behavior. My friend, we have wings, so lets fly.
  • ADDitude

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    Aug 13, 2014 6:11 PM GMT
    MikeW said
    My experience with it (and other people) is that the language used to describe this condition is prejudiced.

    Just my thoughts on the subject.



    Very well said Mike you hit it right on from my experience, the main stress of ours is the pressure and criticism to conform with what is preconceived as 'normal' function.
  • MikeW

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    Aug 13, 2014 9:20 PM GMT
    ADDitude said
    MikeW said
    My experience with it (and other people) is that the language used to describe this condition is prejudiced.

    Just my thoughts on the subject.
    Very well said Mike you hit it right on from my experience, the main stress of ours is the pressure and criticism to conform with what is preconceived as 'normal' function.

    I had a rather unusual educational experience. My grade school education was in the rural midwest (1950s). I was extremely smart BUT I also *knew* on some level that most of what is called "education" is a kind of "brainwashing" or in any case, conditioning. I knew this from grade 1. Consequently I deliberately under performed in school (much to my teachers' dismay). The school was so backward it wasn't difficult for me to make fair grades (I did not *want* to be an A student) just by doing menial school work.

    Now, interestingly, what happened is I *then* went on to an experimental public high school in Florida. This was a totally *different* social and academic environment. Moreover, in this environment I was *free* to pursue many of my studies at my own pace -- not to mention had access to a lot visual-art related stuff that simply hadn't exited for me before. This made a huge difference to me and I did very well in most subjects (except English--long story I won't go into).

    Our public educational system is very regimented and a sort of 'one kind fits all' thing which doesn't work. Of course we live in a society that values the ability to kill people more than it values the ability to heal or educate them so no surprise there.
  • MikeW

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    Aug 13, 2014 9:22 PM GMT
    vanquishedangel saidBut for someone with wings, it is normal behavior. My friend, we have wings, so lets fly.

    Very well said. icon_exclaim.gif
  • urhereurthere

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    Aug 13, 2014 9:54 PM GMT
    Studying and practising karate (katas) and having intensive training with discipline helped me get more focused and together
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    Aug 13, 2014 10:19 PM GMT
    MikeW saidIt's dumb but to post a thread in a particular sub-forum, it isn't enough to be IN that forum when you post. You have to select it from a drop down menu above the posting topic field. Totally counterintuitive.

    Actually the forums once DID work that way: when you posted while in a sub-forum, your post automatically appeared in that same forum. Then the system changed, and today you always have to specify the forum through the drop-down menu, as you described. I liked the old way better.
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    Aug 13, 2014 10:46 PM GMT
    ADDitude said
    So shout outs, stories, questions, think you have it?, whatever... lets this be the place.

    One of my sons was diagnosed with ADHD. His mother & I took him to a pediatrician who had an additional PhD in child psychology. When dealing with medical issues I don't mess around, I get the best.

    One of the things we asked him to do was educate us about how to handle ADHD. We learned some non-confrontational approaches that helped greatly. If you should have a partner at some point this could be good for him to do, as well.

    We also told the doctor we were dubious about medications, hearing bad stories about Ritalin and things like that. Not that we were flat against all meds, and we made sure our kids got all their vaccinations, and needed drugs when they became sick.

    But turning to the pharmacy to deal with behavioral problems was our solution of last resort. As it has been in my own life, when I've had some bumpy times, and doctors tried to reach for the bottle first.

    The doctor said to try ordinary coffee with him, for its caffeine instead of Ritalin. It worked wonders! He'd never had coffee before, being only 9. Every time he exhibited symptoms of an episode of hyperactivity the coffee usually snapped him out of it. It got so that often he himself would recognize that he was going hyperactive, and say: "Dad, I think I need some coffee."

    So that he never touched Ritalin, or any prescription drug for his ADHD. And we worked on his attention deficit problems with therapy, and becoming more informed parents.
  • ADDitude

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    Aug 13, 2014 11:46 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    ADDitude said
    So shout outs, stories, questions, think you have it?, whatever... lets this be the place.

    One of the things we asked him to do was educate us about how to handle ADHD.
    And we worked on his attention deficit problems with therapy, and becoming more informed parents.

    wow you sound like a great parent, love stories like that. I also completely agree with your view on the medication. At that young age, no reason for it until all parties have learn skills to cope and support each other both directions.
    I unfortunately had a very messy learning curve (if you even want to call it that, stereotypical story of 'sit down and shut up there's nothing wrong with you') with mine, and now as an adult and I am choosing with therapy and medication to do assist in learning those skills I should of had help with long ago.



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    MikeW said
    Now, interestingly, what happened is I *then* went on to an experimental public high school in Florida. This was a totally *different* social and academic environment. Moreover, in this environment I was *free* to pursue many of my studies at my own pace -- .



    Thats cool you got to experience that, and if the had it then why not now :/
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    Aug 14, 2014 12:10 AM GMT
    ADDitude said
    I unfortunately had a very messy learning curve (if you even want to call it that, stereotypical story of 'sit down and shut up there's nothing wrong with you') with mine, and now as an adult and I am choosing with therapy and medication to do assist in learning those skills I should of had help with long ago.

    My son's doctor told us that ADHD runs in families, usually from the father. Therefore he interviewed me about my history, and said I likely had it, too.

    Which made me feel like shit, needless to say. Not for myself, but guilty that I had given it to my son. And made me more determined to help him with his. I hope we did.

    He is today a very successful young man. And I hope a happy one. A few years older than you. I see no reason why you shouldn't do just as well. icon_biggrin.gif

    And BTW, start with losing that screen name. You are not ADD-anything. That is not your identity, not who you are. That stigma won't be past until you make it past. So do it!
  • Nicahlos1

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    Aug 14, 2014 3:37 AM GMT
    I think I might had ADD since I was a child. I have always felt like I had the ability to be like the smart students from a young age. It just seems like my brain wasn't pushing enough fire power. I remembered at 5,6,7 years old I couldn't read like the other students I would pray God would give me the ability to be able to read. I would read and make up names for words I didnt know and eventually my brain started to formulate what the words were. In primary school I had difficulty spelling and doing math. The would line us up and ask each student to spell a word and if we got it wrong we would beaten or punish same thing goes for math. I just could understand mathematical concepts as fast as other students. I would take me like a year or another grade term to understand the concepts so I was always behave other student although I felt I had the ability just my brain holding me back.

    I was diagnosed in 2008 with depression never knew that could possibly happen to me. I felt as if I was sick and was not. I was feeling there was a dark cloud over me that I couldn't shake. The therapist at the time recommended medication but I refused due what negative effect medication can cause, fix one problem and cause another. I started sleeping in my college class only to wake up after class had ended. I started having insomnia plus battling acceptance of been gay. I had a hard time accepting I was gay.

    Its 2014, I have accepted that am gay but the depression still lingers. Only some of my depressive behavior have improved under medication. Last I came off my medication think I was strong enough to handle depression and was hoping it was the medication causing my cognitive difficulties. I thought coming off it help me concentrate better because it seems like the medication caused my cognitive health to down a hill instead of up as in improving.

    In university, last year I had experienced anxiety attack and also my cognitive health has been on the decline like memory,ability understand concepts easily like other students, I over procrastinate, ability to keep information my brain,writing and reading errors,ability to keep track of my thoughts, and ability to concentrate.

    I wondered if it wasn't due to depression why I had these cognitive difficulties and look back at my childhood years in school. I came across ADD which seems to match what's going on with me. I have learnt that ADD can trigger depression and both can occur at the sametime.

    I wanted to know if anyone had cognitive issues due to ADD and how did they improve so they could do well in their university studies? Did if you had been on medication how did that help? I am so scared to start the this semester. I will see a therapist for reevaluation next week but I fear I wont get the help I need in time for this new semester. I going to take some yoga classes to see if that helps clear my mind. Last year to this year the my thoughts were racing, I could visualize or imagine, nor think in my brain. After class around that time I would rush to the gym but that wasnt enough then I went on antidepressants again which helped with the anxiety but not the cognitive issues. I am majoring in computer engineering and the prerequisites are not easy so I need help because computer engineering is the only thing I see I love.
  • johnnyqhomo7

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    Aug 14, 2014 5:06 AM GMT
    I have had problems dealing with being gay. I have add and have had it since a child. "hyperactive" was what I was labeled.. Anyhow. I couldn't sit still in class and am on medication now. It helps. What experiences have you had?
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    Aug 14, 2014 9:25 AM GMT
    I've been diagnosed with ADHD thrice. First in middle school, second in high school, third in my mid-twenties. First and second time they put me on Ritalin, the third they put me on Adderall. Ritalin zombified me so I refused to take it. Adderall made me feel like I was hyper-stoned, so I stopped taking it and went on marijuana instead...much more manageable high. Now I'm on nothing, and doing better than I did with any drug. Maybe the weed fixed me? IDK, but it sure was fun while it lasted. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 15, 2014 6:37 AM GMT
    I was diagnosed with slight ADD a couple years ago. I was in denial about it for a while but I believe it now. I can't help it. I can get bored easily and want to shift to something else
  • Beeftastic

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    Aug 15, 2014 9:01 AM GMT
    Yup I have some pretty bad ADHD, had it bad as a child, and still have it bad to this day.

    I had no formal diagnosis as a child because my parents didn't believe in psychology/psychiatry. Got diagnosed as an adult about 10 years ago. Went on the meds and they helped for a time. Until I became allergic to amphetamine class drugs, so now I am untreated.

    There are times when I am so scattered that I accomplish absolutely nothing for days at a time, and times when I can be efficient and get tons done. I have a job (jobs) now that allow me to work on many tasks, so I split them up so I don't generally do anything for more than 15-20 minutes at a time. This helps tremendously and I have been super effective the last few months.

    One thing I noticed, and prompted me to get diagnosed is that as I aged, my body could no longer keep up with my mind. And I was tired all the time and worn out. Also my mind becomes much more scattered easier. So getting things done as I get older is more of a challenge.