Well, it's been on my mind for a while now... and as the AP Exams approach I am finding it very hard to concentrate to study for my five exams. I have long suspected that I might suffer from this disorder, as many things that characterize me point to me being ADD prone, but I haven't really done anything about it. I also have many reasons to believe that my grades are suffering because of it.
My questions to you guys are... how do I confirm if I have ADD or not? Can a normal doctor diagnose this? Who should I talk to?
Should I even speak up? I heard that medication may make you have a completely different (sometimes undesirable) personality.
Also, if anyone is familiar with this disorder, please contribute to this thread.
I doubt you have ADHD. I know people who work with true ADHD sufferers (not the thousands of parents who feed their kids pills to keep them quiet) and a lack of concentration, while a symptom, is far too minor to demand any medication.
A change in diet could work just as well as any medication. Try eating a high-carb cereal breakfast, with a tablespoon or so of sugar, plus an apple or other piece of fruit. It'll help you concentrate a lot. Don't eat any crisps/chips/etc. - those stop you from concentrating as well.
Real ADHD people who, for example, find it difficult not to get up and run around in the middle of a test.
If you were a true ADHD sufferer, you'd be very disorganised, talk excessively, have to shout/be the loudest while doing anything active, keep getting up out of your seat at work/in exams/etc, interrupts others talking without thinking -- usually someone who finds it difficult to make friends. Slower learning of motor and language skills are also major signs.
ADD is a very hard thing to deal with and one of my closest friends has ADD.
The one thing i notice about him is that he MUST be the centre of attention, if his girlfriend ignores him, he finds it no problem to talk to another group of girls and tell them a tonne of lies... now ANYONE would know straight away that their girlfriend would be really jealous and an arguement is sure to follow... but he doesnt know any better, even when you ask him what hes doing he would be like "Just talking".
Good symptoms ive personally noticed are :
- Lies ALL the time and always has the most interesting stories (Joining the army, Broke my leg at rugby but i can still walk)
- will ALWAYS be the centre of attention (Me and my friend with ADD were meeting a distant friend in a gay bar and although he is straight he wore the GAYEST clothes he could because he wanted to be "noticed"??)
- Reading and writing skills are poor to the point of not being able to read simple names or words (Paul, fiona, dog, dad)
- Constantly "Hyper" to the point of being prescribed ritalin (sp?)
- Very outgoing personality, will talk to ANY stranger
These are only a few i have personally noticed myself and wont provide any accurate description of your own symptoms but these are good signs FROM someone i personally know who has ADD, Everyone is different though
I would also agree that hypochondria will have an effect on you about this (Constantly building the picture in your mind until your are ABSOLUTELY certain you have this condition) and i can relate.
I suffer from constant palpitations and often these bring on panic attacks, panic attacks often INCREASE your palpitations and it just gets me even more overworked, stressed and palpitated....
these panic attacks often lead me to the conclusion that tonight i AM going to die, this is the big one, ive bit the bullet.... but yes, im always wrong or i wouldnt be typing this... But thats what panic attacks do to you and im well prepared nowadays and have came well past the fact that im going to die, sometime i even think "Hurry up already" because im sick and fed up of having these feelings but sadly its a normal body function for me and i cant resolve it.
I hope this wasnt too long lol and i wish you the best of luck!!
I have a very hard time studying but I don't think I have ADD, I want to study, and I'll start to but after 5 minutes I'll go do something that I "forgot" to do, and this is with many more things than studying.
I would put that down to a disorganized mind, i have that very often myself... start washing dishes, oops forgot something, back to washing dishes, oops forgot something else, back to washing dishes, oops....
Im going to say that you probably get bored really really quickly with studying and start thinking of something else your would rather/should be doing.
Washing dishes is least of my priorities and when i go to do it.... within 5 minutes i find something better to be doing...and once all my priorities boild down to just washing the dishes thats when they get done...
I'm skipping all of the replies and am just going to speak from experience. I have ADD and cannot stand the medicine for it. A specialized doctor can determine if you have ADD (a psychologist is you best chance). Someone pointed out that the medicines change you, and that is -very- true. The medicines change how you think and act. When I was placed on the medicines, my entire personallity changed with it.
If you are willing to give up some shreads of your personallity, the medicines are good for you then; otherwise, you need to simply learn to find alternate ways around your ADD by making things more likable for you to do.
If you want to figure out more, talk to a psychologist and see if they think that you should come in for an evaluation. They will have a survey for you to fill out which they can quickly score to see how severe you may have ADD.
I read what 4Hosted commented on, and I have to comment that those are -not- direct symptoms. Put simply, those are how the ADD is manifesting itself in his friend. I have severe ADD, but I don't follow those symptoms as put.
ADD will manifest itself into a person's personality, actions, speaking, etc. Hyperactivness is not a trait of ADD, however it is a trait of ADHD (Attention Defficite Hyperactive Disorder). When I was a child, my ADD was ADHD (the years of hell, as my mother puts it).
I think many people who responded in this thread are mistaking ADHD for ADD, though they are similiar disorders, they are not the same. Someone with ADD can be perfectly civil, and just have trouble focusing. Ritalin is actually a stimulant, I'm sure many of you know, which is why I find it odd that people with Hyperactivity Disorder would be perscribed it.
The people who responded that this may be a case of hypochondria could be correct. However, as time progresses, I am finding more and more evidence that points to ADD and I wouldn't be too concerned if it wasn't affecting my grades.
I took a screening for ADD online (I'm not sure of the accuracy of it though). If you want to take a look at it the URL is as follows:
I believe I read an article in the TIME magazine that medication for this disorder can make a person boring or study all the time. However, I have yet to worry about that, since I am not even diagnosed yet.
I think I should speak with my parents about this and ask them to find me a doctor.
I absolutely oppose all forms of medication for ADD, especially Ritalin. The medicines are way too evasive to be placed into your body; however, newer drugs for ADD are seeming much more promising, but I'm not to keen on their potency (case in point: once a week dosages).
How a screening process works is very simple: did you select yes x amount of times? All surveys I have ever taken are based on that. On a 30 question survey, answering yes 10 times is signs of mild ADD. It's a very simple method. If the link JYC posted follows that, it should be fairly accurate.
a long time ago i tried to kill myself, and i was sent to a psychologist, and he put me on a perscription for zoloft.
the zoloft had a really positive effect on me at first, i started thinking more clearly, but after a couple months i started getting realy freaked out, and started getting the idea that the pills were controlling my mind.
One day i came home from work, and the mom told me to take the pills, i told her no, and she started screaming at me, i ended up throwing the pills to the ground, she then walked into the kitchen, and shoved it down my throat, and demanded i swallow it. I ended up running down the hall into the bathroom, and forcing myself to vomit it up.
Many of my friends who have been diagnosed with ADD have been put on one medication or another have had similar experiences where they get freaked out, and start thinking that the medication is controlling their mind.
I recommend you stay away from the medication, and just try your hardest to live life without it.
I can agree with ub3r. The medicines I've been on would seriously mess with my mind and change the very being that I was. They create an un-natural effect in the brain works.
My "cure" came from years of diciplining my ADD. Since I began to be able to control my hyperactiveness, and my ADHD degraded to ADD, I've been able to grasp and learn how to control my ADD. It is possible, but you need to be creative with how you keep yourself stimulated. It's the best form of medicine available.
But, again... my problem is not hyperactivity, it's my inability to concentrate.
I think the consensus is pretty much unanimous that perscription medication has detrimental side-effects. However, I think I should at least see if I officially have it or not, then worry about the decision to take meds.
Someone suggested that I keep myself stimulated to work harder... hmm heh, I try, I do try.
Also, I noted that if I took a high dose of caffine (from lots of soda) before taking my practice SAT, my scores went up noticably.
You know, -some- medicines don't change how your personality is but instead increase your ability to focus. Those aren't as evasive, and I rather like them (when done correctly).
Contact a psychologist in your area and have them give you a survey pamphlet. Chances are, you have a sort of scatter-brain bit that I have (too many things you are thinking about all at the same time making it hard to focus on just one thing).
There are actually computerized tests that can evaluate whether or not you have ADD/ADHD. My son has ADHD. Medication is a start but not the complete solution. I've also modified his diet (limiting sugar, red food dye, etc.). We've also worked on behavior modification techniques and memory aids. Some of the drugs used to treat ADHD do have side effects (such as loss of appetite, weight loss, and trouble sleeping). Also, there's a rebound effect that occurs when the medication wears off (late afternoon or early evening). If you really think you might have ADD, the best bet is to consult with a psychiatrist.
My brother has ADHD with Epilepsy and a minor form of Autism. Not a great mix at all...
Basically, you shouldn’t worry about it too much, but try seeing a doctor about it. Just so you know, Ritalin has serious side effects such as slowing down the brain so you learn MUCH slower and your grades suffer MUCH more than if you have ADHD. (Try searching for side effects as well in Yahoo!.)
Methylphenidate is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. It has effects similar to, but more potent than, caffeine and less potent than amphetamines. It has a notably calming effect on hyperactive children and a "focusing" effect on those with ADHD.
That being said, my son suffered more side effects from Ritalin and Dexadrine than he does from Adderall.
Originally posted by timechange.com JYC, if you really have ADD you will never read my comment
hehe thanks for the diagnosis TimeChange!
However, I think I should point out that after I ingest a caffine laced beverage (e.g. Pepsi, Ice Tea, etc.) I am able to focus at a much higher level. Also my practice SAT scores show improvements of up to 60 points when I drink a caffinated beverage beforehand.
I wonder if caffine helps normal people focus, or if this is just another sign that I have a problem.
I've lived with twin brothers who suffer from the disorder and I can tell you this much, if you think you have it, go see a councilor. I must admit, the disorder affects people in different ways, in my instance, one brother was always cool, calm and collected, where as the other always yelled at people, had to have his say all the time. I lived in fear for my life for 6 months because of the guy, he had a girlfriend for a while. I'm not sure on details, but he used to strangle her and throw her around alot. When she finally did break up with him, he stalked her and did burnouts in her street at all hours of the night. He also has done the same to his brother, I woke one morning to the sounds of heavy breathing and soft thuds coming from our lounge room, when I got to the lounge he was strangling his own brother over dishes. When I finally broke them up and he left, there were burnouts in our driveway and up and down our street, God, he even tried to run his own brother over and kill him. Needless to say I still live with the "good" brother, and live is good now. Don't think you have it, you have to know. If you do have it, stay on your meds, don't put others through the hell I lived with!
If you have a good doctor who can properly diagnose you and give you alternatives that work for you, ADD is something you can live with and treat successfully. I do not have ADD myself, but my day job is serving as a child psychologist.
Someone above mentioned that people often have different symptoms, which is true. However, some of the symptoms being listed (excessive lying, manipulative behavior, etc.) have nothing to do with ADD.
When in doubt, be tested and see what your alternatives are. What works for some may not work for you and visa versa.