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Old 10-30-2003, 05:22 PM   #1
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I have an appt. with a psychologist next week for some issues I've been having. One of those issues is probably going to be adult ADD and I am just curious if anyone here has been diagnosed with Adult ADD? I'm pretty sure I have it. My wife has been calling me "ADD boy" since I met her and I never really took it seriously. Recently a friend of ours has had a lot of issues in his marriage and on the job (he's a police officer) and he was diagnosed with it. I had never heard abotu it and he sounds like he has a lot of the same problems I do.

I did some research on it and I swear I could be the poster child for this disease or whatever you want to call it. I have the worst memory in the world, I misplace things a lot, I never finish projects I start, I day dream all the time, I have trouble sleeping because I am constantly thinking about things, and I can not carry on a conversation with anyone because I really could care less. If a story someone is telling me is longer than 30 seconds I almost freak out and start finnishing their sentences for them and I tell them to leave out all the details.

It really pisses my wife off, rightfully so, because I never like to engage in conversation because I just can't stand it. I even got rid of my cell phone because I can't stand talking on the phone. I would not even have a phone if it wasn't a necessity.

This really strains our relationship and my work performance (because of procrastination and forgetfulness). Sometimes I'll read something and I guess while I'm reading it I am thinking of something else and before I know it Have read the entire page and don't remember anything about what I just read (this made school challenging even though I consider myself pretty smart) because I would never pay attention in class.

This makes me think I had it growing up as well. If anything, I had ADHD when I was younger (grammar school) but grew out of the Hyperactivity.

The Prospects of actually knowing that there may be something out there to help me with this makes me extremly happy! Like I said I didn't know about adult ADD.

Anyway, Is anyone here on any medications for it or been on medications for it and how did they change you? Did you get it under control without meds? Any help is appreciated. THanks!

PS: please no "I have ADD and couldn't read this long post"
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Old 10-30-2003, 05:23 PM   #2
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I've often thought I have it. The GF agrees. I've never persued anything chemically to address the problem that result from it.
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Old 10-30-2003, 05:23 PM   #3
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Old 10-30-2003, 05:24 PM   #4
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My mom says she has is...brother has it.....I am flighty and down right retarded sometimes..but I just dont know...maybe...
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Old 10-30-2003, 05:24 PM   #5
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Old 10-30-2003, 05:24 PM   #6
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i have the same problem sometimes...ill be working on something and after a while...

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Old 10-30-2003, 05:25 PM   #7
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Old 10-30-2003, 05:26 PM   #8
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How does one get tested for Adult ADD?
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Old 10-30-2003, 05:27 PM   #9
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How does one get tested for Adult ADD?
You have to go to a psychologist or Psychiatrist. They have tests. It has something to do with a chemical imballance in some part of your brain. I forget all of the details.
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Old 10-30-2003, 05:27 PM   #10
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But yeah, I think I could be a canidate for it..

tho the mind racing has gotten better since starting anti-depressants.

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Old 10-30-2003, 05:28 PM   #11
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Old 10-30-2003, 05:29 PM   #12
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I think everybody has some of the symptoms of this. I have a pretty lousy short-term memory (I've had mornings where I make 3 or 4 trips from front door to car because I keep forgetting things) and I sometimes totally "zone out" of a conversation and spend several minutes looking at the person while their voice goes "Charlie Brown teacher" on me.

However, I've never had big enough problems (or, other people haven't had big enough problems with me) to go get tested, and I don't know anybody around me who's been diagnosed (altho I know a few who should look into it)

Best I can say is, if the doc prescribes/recommends something, search around the web or, if you know a nurse or other medical worker, ask for a look in the Physician Desk Reference (or whatever the big book of drugs is called) and see for yourself.

And, good luck. I often get really mad at myself because of the idiot things I do owing to my memory lapses. If it were worse to the point of people around me being actively unhappy with me, man, that'd just suck.

Be well

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Old 10-30-2003, 05:30 PM   #13
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Where are all of the punk cry babies on here that whine about over diagnosis of ADD?
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Old 10-30-2003, 05:31 PM   #14
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I'm not exactly certain, but I think a huge rectal probe is involved somehow...
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Old 10-30-2003, 05:32 PM   #15
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Where are all of the punk cry babies on here that whine about over diagnosis of ADD?
I'm one of those that think it is overly diagnosed.

My wife is a 3rd grade teacher and is very familiar with ADD and how overly diagnosed it is.

But when you are an adult and it is affecting your persoanl and professionsal life, it is time to at least get it checked out.
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Old 10-30-2003, 05:33 PM   #16
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I know as a kid i was diagnosed as ADHD, but am pretty sure i had grown out of it... I am not as off the wall as i used to be as a kid, but i still have my random/spontaneus(sp?) edge...

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Old 10-30-2003, 05:35 PM   #17
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I'm one of those that think it is overly diagnosed.

My wife is a 3rd grade teacher and is very familiar with ADD and how overly diagnosed it is.

But when you are an adult and it is affecting your persoanl and professionsal life, it is time to at least get it checked out.
In that case, just suck it up you wuss. You're naturally a screw-up and don't go blaming it on some mental disorder.


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Old 10-30-2003, 05:36 PM   #18
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Old 10-30-2003, 05:39 PM   #19
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I think many people have it in the clinical sense. It's just easy for most people to control it when they want to.

I would easily be classified as ADD, especially when I was still in high school or grade school. I had difficulty concentrating. But that's because I didn't like school. I could make myself concentrate if I wanted to, or was in fear of the results of lack of concentration.

Most people have it, just not so severe that they can't overcome it. Many of us just choose to be lazy about certain areas of our life, so we'd like to blame something else for why we have trouble in that area.

I freely admit that the reason I haven't finished college yet is because I have a hard time studying and I did not motivate myself to finish. Now that I've decided to get my degree, I'm amazed at how easy it is if I just work at it.
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I swear I feel like I have this at work. I can't concentrate on anything...but then again, I don't like working on the current project...
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I think many people have it in the clinical sense. It's just easy for most people to control it when they want to.

I would easily be classified as ADD, especially when I was still in high school or grade school. I had difficulty concentrating. But that's because I didn't like school. I could make myself concentrate if I wanted to, or was in fear of the results of lack of concentration.

Most people have it, just not so severe that they can't overcome it. Many of us just choose to be lazy about certain areas of our life, so we'd like to blame something else for why we have trouble in that area.

I freely admit that the reason I haven't finished college yet is because I have a hard time studying and I did not motivate myself to finish. Now that I've decided to get my degree, I'm amazed at how easy it is if I just work at it.
A lot of good points. I have tried before to control it but I can't seem to. I have found one way to partially control it but I can't do it all day every day and am speaking with the psychologist about that part of my life also (Substance abuse).
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yep i took the preliminary test.
ill see if i can find the copy of it here somewhere...

nope cant find it. but it had me at very highly probable for A.D.D.
and pretty very unlikly for something else i forget.
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I have extremes of both ends.. for the most part.. I feel as if I have ADD .. however if I do find something that I like and can hold my attention, I become obsessed with it. That's all I do.. and I don't want to stop.. then I get bored and move one.

It usually frustrates the wife.. and it's usually expensive.

OOOhh.. remote control cars.. OOOOH.. I know kung-fu...

oooooh.. I just have to build me a rock wall .. etc. etc.
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