SRS Attention Deficit Disorder

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  1. AttackFerret

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    Hi,

    I’m just wondering if anyone can help me out here. I was browsing the net last night when I got to a page about ADD. I can’t remember if I went there purposely or not, but anyway I got to the symptoms of Adult Attention Deficit Disorder and I was just blown away.

    It was like everything I felt but couldn’t say, and then some. It actually gave me an adrenalin rush to find out that I finally might know what’s wrong with me. Up in till now I thought it was simply because I was a fucking loser.

    Instead of me writing down every point I found, I can link two sites

    http://www.helpguide.org/mental/adhd_add_signs_symptoms.htm#poor%20attention%20skills

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adult_attention-deficit_disorder

    It’s a yes on most, strong yes on a some, sounds cliché, but on a few it’s like it is reading my mind, stuff I thought wasn’t even connected to it (like joking about my life and how shit I am)

    The only one I don’t relate to is a frequent search for high stimulation.

    Don’t get me wrong though, I can’t stand hypochondriacs or drama queens, I just wanted to know what was wrong with me. I’m just after some advice or something; I will go to a doctor eventually.
     
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  2. civicmon

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    you didn't ask many specific questions which would help but that's fine..

    I scored high on a lot of those surveys and i have a therapist (I also have bipolar disorder) who evaluated me and we determined I have a strong likelyhood of adhd so I seeked out a doctor that would treat me for it as I am BP, most docs either don't believe they co-exist or refuse to treat it since it CAN (I stress can) cause mania.

    That being said, i saw an adhd specialist and he was 'fairly sure' that I had it so he put me on strattera which has made a world of difference in my life.. i can hold more coherent conversations, not as nervous talking and speaking my mind, and a bit calmer.

    either way.. go see a doc.. some will try drugs as a test to see if you do have it, if you get adderal or concerta and start flying off the walls, you're probably not adhd, but if it calms you down, then it's a much higher likelyhood.
     
  3. beanolo

    beanolo It does a body good!!!1

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    First problem, stop searching for the disorder you have. If you think about it, theres a name and disorder for every possible human emotion. Emotions aren't disorders. Everyone always turns to disorders/medication with the first sign of any feelings that aren't positive.

    What sucks is that when you find a disorder you "think" you have, then you start to change yourself to match that profile because you find that its normal for a person with this disorder to act. Just stop worrying that somethings wrong with you and get out there and enjoy life man. I bet if I were to scour the net for disorders with myself I could find like 10, and like 20 medications I "should" be on because there's so many symptoms that are just normal human emotions. I find it funny, but hey ... maybe thats jus me ;)
     
  4. Darketernal

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    Well its great now that you have found your problem you can work on it and improve your life, something which i strongly encourage you to do.
     
  5. AttackFerret

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    I don't look for disorders, I was afraid it'd look like that, it's half the reason I don't really want to go to the doctor. When I said finally found out what's wrong with me, I didn't mean it like I'd be looking on the internet for possible disorders. I just wonder to myself constantly. It was just a revelation to look at the symptoms.

    Thanks for the responses though
     
  6. Darketernal

    Darketernal Watch: Aria The Origination =)

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    oh, i didn't mean it in that context anyway, i know the longering feeling of thinking something is wrong with you but NOT being able to put a 'proper tag' on it. For example Metallic Blue (hope i can use this) , has been infected by a tick(lyme disease) which crippled him since he was around 9 i believe, only many many years afterwards he knew he was infected and by that time it had reached far reaching consequenses. To be able to properly 'tag' your problem can initiate your treatment against your problems, its different with everyone of course, however in your case it doesn't make it less important, because it can start your treatment, hence the fact that i wouldn't condemn you if you where searching for a disease on the internet, im just glad that you found what your looking for ok? :wavey:
     
  7. I agree with Darketernal. Ask questions, and seek out the truth.
     
  8. JordanClarkson

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    From your reaction it sounds like this might be it. You don't have to get drugs though. I started on fish oil and it's helped me a whole lot.
     
  9. RyanL

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    Here's the deal with all the ADD/ADHD tests. Everyone will answer yes to almost all those questions. However, if those questions are things that make it hard to go through day to day life its another story.

    For instance the whole trouble paying attention in class question or similar... almost everyone can answer yes to that, its class I mean come on. But if you can't stay on track to do your favorite activities or read your favorite book no matter how hard you try thats another story.
     
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    As far as Im aware, people with add/adhd tend not to have a problem keeping focus on something they are intensely interested in. If you cant keep on track of a favourite book or activity, its more likely to be depression related.
     
  11. ADD and Depression are closely linked. So is "Mania" and depression. Just because someone experiences bouts of Mania with depression doesn't mean they have Bi-polar disease. The vast majority of cases are simply people resisting the depression and trying to stay active, and thus over-react to the depression thus causing mania.

    Additionally depression does carry heavy tolls on some individuals ability to focus, and it decreases motivation and also makes it hard to concentrate when reading or doing tasks where you must "filter out" background noise or thoughts.
     
  12. civicmon

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    i'm bipolar and adhd and the bipolar stuff is basically in remission/taken care of with meds but my chronic inattention never went away.

    the coorealation is true and worth exploring, but it's not always the case.
     
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    Why is it that everyone thinks that they are an expert on ADD when they haven't researched one bit, not even a single webpage. :rolleyes:
     
  14. AttackFerret

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    I haven't done any test's yet, I'm just reading symptoms and so on. The majority of these symptoms I can relate to really strongly. For example, the main symptom for an adult is the sense of underacheivment, I know we all probaly feel this way, but it's really strong in me. Another is the fact that I'm always making plans, trying to get my life into gear. I start off with a ton of determination and motivation, but usually within a week or 2 it's totally gone and I've lost interest. I've been writing goals out since I was 15 or 16.

    I have a lot of trouble getting organised, yesterday was the first time in about 3 or 4 years that I actually cleaned my room properly, put everything in some sort of place and and orderly. The only reason I could do this was the thought of leaving home because well I need to, it's all too negative around here. Ofcause though, now I'm thinking different and will probaly wait a while. My locker at school was never organised, it was just everything thrown in. Last year at uni, all my books and notes were just a huge pile of paper and books.

    My concentration.... I can't even watch a movie in one go. Any time I watch a movie by myself, I always have to watch it in 5 or 6 parts. I just find it hard to sit there and watch. I'll pause it and get a drink, pause it and eat somthing, pause it and just walk around the house. There are a ton of movies I've only half watched. This is the same with books, if I'm interested in somthing, I'll get a book and will read endlessy for a day (even though I still tune out a bit, and say stare at the wall), next day I'll probaly get 50 pages down. Then by about the third day I just leave it, and never read the rest. There's been times when I've had 4 or 5 books all with bookmarks in about the middle next to the bed.

    Last year when I fucked up at uni, I went to all my lectures for the first semester, I'd sit there, and just not be able to concentrate, especially in maths and finance. I thought taking notes was good enough, so I'd just write down slides and stuff. I even attempted to study for maths, I'd pull the book out, read the thing, attempt the first problem and just tune out. I'd give up after 10 minutes, but I'd make myself try again, and once again it wouldnt work. I could of got help, but I was stupid.

    There are a lot of other things I do, but had no idea that it could of been linked to ADD. For example, for as long as I can remember it's always taken me at least an hour to fall asleep at night, usually more. I lay there just thinking still, on and on and on. I didn't even know in till last year that most people fall asleep within 5 or 10 minutes after going to bed. For me when I go to bed, I always know in my mind that if I go to bed at say 10, then I wont be asleep intill at least 11 or 12.

    I do get frustrated easy, when I'm in a public place I don't really show it, but I'd still get tense and have adrenaline pumping through me. When I'm at home I usually yell or punch somthing. So many simple things just make me fill with rage.

    There's more, but it's getting far too big now. It's still driving me crazy, I know I've gotten good support from people here, but the people who say I probaly dont have it or stuff like that make me really worry. When I first read the symptoms I was convinced, now ofcause I'm not. I asked my brother about it, thinking he might know somthing since he's at uni studying to be a nurse, I know a nurse isnt exactly a doctor, but you know, he should've known somthing. Anyway, I told him, and the arsehole laughed at me, it made me just want to punch him. So I just didnt say anything. So god knows if I'll get tested now.
     
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    Probably because I've had ADHD my entire life, it runs in my family, and I have spent countless hours researching it and talking to doctors...
     
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    oddly enough, one of the things that can happen with ADD/ADHD is hyperfocusing. Basically you just tune everything else out and only pay attention to the matter at hand. IMO that is one of the weirdest aspects of it all
     
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    If you think that it's screwing up your everyday life (and it sounds like it is), look into it. It's not like you have to go through all the testing or get on meds if you don't want to.
    I'd say just go talk to your doctor and have him recomend someone in your area you can talk to about testing. Even that alone may be enough to find out how much testing you want to do.
    I hope I didn't do anything to discourage you too much. I just deal with too many people who think that they have it. Almost everyone I know seems to have said something like "man I think I getting ADD".
     
  18. I have ADHD.
     
  19. AttackFerret

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    Well I finally managed to go to the doctor, he's forwarded me on to a shrink now, so hopefully I'll be able to start managing things. Thanks for the support.
     

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