SRS best way to bring up ADHD to my doctor?

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    recently I have begun researching traits of ADHD and I can identify with a lot of them. I promise I'm not a hypochondriac, in fact I hate going to the doctor, but I am going to the doctor next week and I'm not exactly sure how to bring up the subject with him because I hear that self diagnosis is largely frowned upon or whatever... I'm very serious about this, because upon learning what the traits of ADHD were I was amazed at how much it all described me to a T and if I'm right about it then I would love treatment.

    work relationships are strained due to how I take everything to heart. I'm fidgety, I zone out a lot, I'm irritable, moody, I blurt things out all the time and constantly get in trouble for it, I interrupt conversations, get bored easily, I forget stuff, mess things up, which in my line of work isn't as easy as fooling around on the computer, just the other night I put two engines in the wrong places, what a pain in the ass that was to fix. I always have to ask my boss two or three times what he wants me to do because I forget, also I need to do homework in order to advance in my career and that shit has always been painful for me, I always did horribly in school and dropped out of college (community college at that), I was taking correspondence courses to become an electrician but quit doing those. hell I'd still be working at mcdonald's if I hadn't stumbled upon a job at the railroad. I never get stuff finished at home and I'm horrible with money and bills, which all of that I hear are traits of ADHD.

    I digress though, just wanted to give you some background info, two of my closest friends swear up and down that they think this is what's wrong with me, but neither of them are doctors.. I guess I would like to hear some different opinions and maybe how exactly to bring all this up with my doctor, because I'm not sure how to :hs:
     
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    Just ask your doctor "what all is involved in testing for ADHD?"
     
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    cool man, thanks for the help.
     
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    yeah, your doctor is there specifically to answer questions like this. I'm asking the same question of my pcp in 3 weeks when I go. It's right up there with "Can you take a look at this growth?".....
     
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    cool man, i just wanted to be sure i could actually say ADHD specifically without looking weird or suspicious or whatever :o

    i am excited to go to the doctor, and get a professional opinion, if i end up being diagnosed it would explain A LOT about me
     
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    I brought it up to my doctor. He sent me to a psychiatrist who is now sending me to an adult ADHD specialist. My psychiatrist did diagnose me Aspergers syndrome/adult ADHD but told me he doesn't have a lot of experience in adult ADHD which is why he's sending me to someone who specializes with adult ADHD.
     
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    thanks for the input... I can't wait to see what he says, just hope he takes me seriously :o
     
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    He probably will, I think it's more a case of him making sure you don't want to abuse Ritalin/Adderall. If it's a GP you're going to see about this, ask him for the name of a shrink who specializes in adult ADHD since most GPs can't or won't prescribe ADHD meds anyways..... they're a controlled substance.
     
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    cool thanks man.
     
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    i will have to report back what he says, i'm pretty sure my friend told me that when she was diagnosed she had to go for testing and then her regular doctor gave her meds... :dunno: whatever i have to do is fine with me
     
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    I usually tick all the boxes for adult ADHD. I even dug out all my old report cards because of the whole making silly mistakes in school and doesn't pay attention to detail stuff is a sign.

    But I've done well with studies. Hopefully going to start a PhD soon. So I guess I have developed a coping mechanism. Make me wonder if I would be capable of a lot more with ADHD meds. But I'm too much of a coward to go to the doctor. I hate going to the GP.

    Let us know how it goes. You might inspire me to go as well!
     
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    i ALWAYS make silly mistakes, just tonight i parked an engine and completely forgot to put a handbrake on it (BIG no-no, that thing could lose its air and roll away)

    as far as my childhood when i look back now it just makes so much sense. but everyone regards ADD/ADHD as someone who cant stay seated and has to get up and move around. i can stay in one seat just fine but i'm always fidgeting and shit supposedly. and I NEVER noticed it until my friend pointed it out to me

    i'm hopeful that with treatment i will finally be able to buckle down and go for a promotion as well, that would be nice...

    friday is the big day, i'll post back in here and let you all know how it goes.
     
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    everyone has ADHD in a way, some more than others....its mainly due to the way life is these days. There are too many choices and everything is so in your face that it takes a lot more effort to organize and manage yourself, its easy to get too excited and overwhelmed. Just be more disciplined, organized, simple and your mind will adjust.
     
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    my doc is sending me to a shrink for further evaluation. hahaa. so i guess im gonna take a test. this should be interesting.
     
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    It's hard for me to relate to things like this. When I was a kid I was unofficially diagnosed with ADD, and my school pushed hard to get an official diagnosis, but it didn't happen and I never went on medication. After enough times where my lack of attention caused problems (like failing classes or getting fired from shit-jobs, not just getting lectured at), I learned how to pay attention even when I don't feel like it.

    Not saying you're one of them, but I think ADD and ADHD are not only over-diagnosed, but also sometimes sought out by people specifically to have an "excuse" for their behavior, and to have an "easy solution" to fix it without working hard to outgrow it first.
     

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