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    Could I have ADHD

    A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine told me he had ADHD and that he's taking adderall. I was surprised that he had been diagnosed with ADHD since he has two degrees (one in accounting and the other in computer science) and he has no problem holding down a job. I always assumed that people with ADHD had a difficult time with school and securing employment.

    Anyway, I 've been looking into it a bit more and some of the ADHD symptom descriptions sound like me. But I seem more inattentive than hyperactive. And I wonder if my depression and substance abuse are stemming from this. When I look back on my history, a lot of things seem to make sense when I consider ADHD. I did well in school but quite often I was compared to a space cadet. I liked math since it was fast and I didn't have to concentrate, there was an immediate answer, it was black and white, everything evened out in the end and it moved, there was a rythym to it. I liked english (language arts) but there was nothing to focus on. I'm a habitual leg shaker. I bounced around between university faculties for three years before finally deciding on something. It was painful to study in university, I was constantly shifting and moving, I always needed to walk around. I find if I wear ear plugs at work, I can work better, people going to the photocopier disturb me. I find it so hard to concentrate at work, today I did nothing (which isn't unusual) and then I feel depressed because I feel useless. I drink to get rid of the loneliness but sometimes it just helps me concentrate more on the tasks at hand, like housekeeping. I join different groups but I never seem to last.

    I could go on and on, I don't expect a diagnosis, I'm grasping at straws. I've never considered ADHD before because I'm female and I made it through school okay. Mind you, I don't have a great job and I keep on waiting for the axe to fall because I always just manage to scrape by. I do say some pretty impulsive things, I assumed that I just had a bold streak - it certainly wasn't an intelligent one.

    Sorry to go on and on but something just clicked in me today.

    Just wanted to write it down and see if anyone has an opinion.

    Thanks and take care,

    jm

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    Re: Could I have ADHD

    Mary,

    The National Institutes of Health NIMH provids some helpful and up to date insights into identifying ADHD.

    Have a look at these sites:

    http://www.nimh.nih.gov/healthinformation/adhdmenu.cfm

    http://www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/adhd.cfm

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    Re: Could I have ADHD

    Thanks Steve, I'll have a look.

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    Re: Could I have ADHD

    there is also ADD, which is ADHD without the H. the following links may be useful.

    Jasper/Goldberg Adult ADD questionnaire - to help you determine if maybe you have ADD

    Attention Deficit Disorder - Born to Explore - i liked this site because it shows how ADD isn't necessarily a bad thing. there are positives to having this "condition", some of which include a creativity and imagination beyond the average. quite often people with this trait have insightful ideas, are driven, and have an entrepreneurial spirit.
    ~ our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising each time we fall - confucius
    ~ it is the journey, not the destination, that matters
    ~ keep hanging on, the sun will come shining through for you again

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    JM

    I just wanted to say that I am thinking of you and hoping that after reading the links and whatever you discover about yourself is helpful to you.

    Take care and you are in my thoughts.

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    Re: Could I have ADHD

    Thanks Nancy and LB, I do appreciate the help/support. I took the questionaire LB and apparently I'm severe ADHD. It just seems to make sense all of a sudden. I think back to when I had my first bout of depression and it was in university, far from home. I couldn't focus, I needed the structure of high school and my Mum. When I was on my own, I was a mess. I was a hopeless waitress. I doodle in meetings. Every now and then, things will click and I can "get stuff done" but mostly I just scrape by, doing the bare minimum. I'm a hopeless daydreamer. I zone out so easily and I've always thought it was because I'm weak and stupid but maybe not? I'm going to make an appointment with my doctor next week and even if he laughs in my face - I'll know I tried. Maybe if I keep talking to people, I'll figure it out.

    Thanks everyone.

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    JM

    I think that it is great that you are doing a lot of self discovery and it is good that you are going to go to your doctor and talk to him about it. As you say, at least you will know that you tried and that is the most important thing.

    Good luck with the appt. and let us know how it turns out.
    Take care

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    Re: Could I have ADHD

    You know, the more I think about it, the more I realize that ?t`s my right as a Canadian citizen to demand medical care. I pay for it through my taxes. If he doesn`t want me there, he can tell me so. I always feel guilty for using the medical system since I feel like I`m abusing it since it`s free but it`s NOT. That`s why our taxes are higher than in the States.

    Oops, not sure where that came from, I`ll probably delete it later, in the meantime I`ll slowly and unobtrusively get off my soapbox.

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    Re: Could I have ADHD

    No need to delete. You're absolutely right - we do pay a LOT in taxes and part of the reason for that is supposed to be decent universal medical care.

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    jm, i hope you have a good chat with your doctor. let us know how it turns out.
    ~ our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising each time we fall - confucius
    ~ it is the journey, not the destination, that matters
    ~ keep hanging on, the sun will come shining through for you again

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