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Old 03-08-2012, 07:26 PM   #1
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ADHD

Anyone here suffer from it?

After months at the doctor's and months seeing councilors at school, they discovered that I was suffering from Adult ADHD.

It has gone undiagnosed over the years due to past issues that masked it up, but I'm now getting treatment for it.

As long as my holter monitor passes (I had arrhythmia show up on an EKG when i was getting all my vitals tested) I'll be put on atomoxetine. I've also been registered as being permanently disabled as it was effecting a major aspect of my life.

From what the psych is telling me, she is saying that a "whole new world will open up for you career wise". I could never understand why I could never complete tasks on time or start tasks, or come late for everything, but I started to read some material and my psyche began to ask about my school career and how my room was organized it started to become pretty evident that I was not suffering from an anxiety issue that I thought I was suffering before, but was suffering from this instead.

I also want to use this thread as a form of discussion because I know alot of people out there don't believe ADHD exist, or that drugging people up with ritalin (no different from doing coke to be honest) is not the solution.


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I'm pretty sure I'm in the same boat as you, based on what I've read about it. I know my brother has it and he is being medicated. Let me know how it goes, I might look into it a bit more
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how was your room organized that led them to belive that? [just curious]
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how was your room organized that led them to belive that? [just curious]
For example, when I did laundry, i'd throw the clean laundry on my bed, leave it till i was about to go to bed, then just knock it off the bed. I wouldn't fold it for a weeks time. There was constant un organized piles in my room, my school papers were everywhere, and i had no sense of organizational skills.

A few other factors.

1) I've never done well in school, and i constantly leave assignments till the last minute or studying.

2) I had alot of difficulty reading textbooks as my mind would race, and i'd skip pages, sentences paragraphs. sometimes i'd even read a page and then i wouldn't remember what the hell I just read.

3) I am constantly late or forget appoitments/work/classes. I would stay up twisting and sleeping.

4) I have a constant sense of underachievement, and self esteem issues (grew up in a pretty conservative family so they brushed off mental illness, so any time i'd do bad in school for example I just got beat, and i kept thinking it was "my fault")

5) I have restless legs

6) I would feel ecstatic showing up for my nightclub job, because i'd be in a stimulating environment but would be misreably depressed (my psych described it as it being "death" with adhd) at my warehouse job. and the fact that i would work two jobs when it wasn't necessary is one too

7) random spurts of anger

8) no ability to multitask with school assignments.

I could keep going on and on, but it became pretty clear after a few sessions that my anxiety was being caused by the ADHD.

This is kinda of a huge relief. I always knew there was something wrong with me. I refused to believe that I was a "Dumb" person and that i was just "lazy" when I worked 60 hours a week for 5 years.

I would sit at a desk and try to read my textbook.

I'm more excited because I've heard insane success stories about people that suffered from Adult ADHD, so if it is truly ADHD and i start to focus better on my school and i can get a clearer training of thought and actually get shit done, im excited to see results.

edit: Forgot to add the impulsive stuff, such as gambling or eating.

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See that was the issue, people knew i wasn't a dumbass, but I couldn't focus on one task long enough to complete it. Whether it be school or work, or hobby.

To find out at 25 is pretty painful. If this was addressed from the beginning of my school career, it wouldn't have been an issue.
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weird... I do all of the same things. I think I might just be lazy but I've tried to overcome it to no avail. Maybe I'll look into this further.

infact this describes me to a tee

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Is it possible to "grow" out of ADHD?

When i was younger my teacher thought something was wrong with me, so she told my parents and they brought me to a special doctor and he basicaly said i have adhd and prescribed me some ritalin, i was a one hell of a rocket back than.... (haha)

Now i just smoke a fucking hell lot of weed and it kinda makes me feel a bit more calm and not as nervous.
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the list you describe is pretty much everyone on the damn planet, me included. I throw my clothes everywhere, leave assignments for the last second, read something but think of another.

you know why?

the problem is there is too much shit that can distract you and kids these days.

iphone always in pocket, TV and desktop in bedroom, tablets all over the house, revscene, reddit, netflix, youtube, ect ect..

its no wonder people cant fuckin focus these days, there are too many stimulants everywhere,

and as a result they just throw drugs at people,

what did I do? I stayed and studied at school, I didnt go home until I knew the material, going home is the devil, the entire time I would try and read, Id look at the computer and see who was on ICQ or MSN. I remember realising this back when I was in grade 10 or 11, I would go home and haveto study, there was a TV in the living room, computer in my bedroom, and game consoles everywhere, I thought to myself, I cant fuckin study here, this is rediculous. Thank god I actually came to my own senses.

or people go to the library or late night timmies. that is the solution, get away from all the damn stimulants that are being shoved in your face all the time, and force yourself into a quiet area where nothing distracts you.

ALSO, reading and doing things you enjoy, makes you want to focus on them much more. if your reading a book on english theory, and its boring you to shit, aint nothing going to help you study it, its a topic that just doesnt interest you. thats not a desease, thats you.

I work in the public school system, and it fuckin disgusts me how many kids are being labelled as "special" or adhd, and have to seperate from their classes, if theres a class of 30, usually 10 of them are labbelled "special"

are you kidding me? the ones that are special are the ones who are texting in class, play angry birds on their ipads at school, and cant even finish a fucking sentence without mentioning hanna montana or justin bieber, and these kids are 8 years old ffs.

The asian parents have it right, no stimulants, only study time.

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^ it's ok to think that. But you are wrong.

Getting put down your whole life because you were "considered" dumb and lazy is never good for ones self esteem.

Listen i'm not asking for handouts (like the school is pushing on me) but the fact that there is something wrong with you that you can't control is an ISSUE. Regardless of what you think.

The issue is I didn't leave it till the last minute. I'd do it 4-5 days before it was due, but I would just look at my laptop screen with a blank page constantly, unable to put my thoughts down on paper and leave it till the last minute. Sometimes the pressure is good. But when you actually set time aside for studying and constantly try to put it off.

Im 25. I'm not a kid. And you know what, if the treatment fucking works for me, and I start to improve vastly, then is it still me being lazy as shit? You know what. fuck you. I want my fucking 12 years back of being beaten for being lazy, failing courses multiple times, and being miserable in life and underachieved. You think I choose to fucking fail at stuff?

This is a real issue, and you can choose not to believe it, but some people legitly have this problem. They are not purposely putting it off, especially when you have no control.

The symptoms are not only in regards to school, but effect work life. There are many successful people that have ADHD and use their ADHD to their advantage. It's like being in the right place at the right time. Most people in hollywood have ADHD, and some of the most successful people out there have ADHD. But when you are not in the right place at the right time and trying to get somewhere, it can be a major road block.

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edit: Might add that ADHD can be genetically and biologically proven, hence why it's considered a Permanent Disability.
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Is it possible to "grow" out of ADHD?

When i was younger my teacher thought something was wrong with me, so she told my parents and they brought me to a special doctor and he basicaly said i have adhd and prescribed me some ritalin, i was a one hell of a rocket back than.... (haha)

Now i just smoke a fucking hell lot of weed and it kinda makes me feel a bit more calm and not as nervous.
You can grow out of ADHD, but 1/3rd of people who have legit ADHD stick with them their whole life.

The weed thing is your way of self medicating according to the resources I read. Cocaine is a popular choice too.

Me personally I was diagnosed with ADHD-C (Combined, both inactive and hyperactivity essentially)
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I support the OP with using this thread as a means to educate people. There's a lot of negativity/judgment that goes on with mental/emotional health issues. A lot of the time these can be brought on by chemical imbalances within our bodies. I believe therapy/counselling with the use of medication can help someone immensely.
There's a lot of talk like "meds are addicting, etc. etc." but I think people who TRULY want to improve their lives know that meds are not an overnight solution. Meds have the ability to help temporarily but therapy will provide the coping skills that will last throughout your lifetime.

People need to realize that everyone is different and unless you've been in their shoes, you can't tell someone that "oh it's brought on by this and this, if you did this then you wouldn't have this problem."
It's extremely insensitive and you make the person feel as though there is something wrong with them for being different. If you had a kid who suffering from ADHD, would you want people telling you that your parenting skills/home environment is the only reason your kid has that?

I've also heard countless stories of successful people with ADHD, it doesn't have to hold you back now that you will know the right tools to deal with it. It takes some real character to recognize it within yourself and take the steps to educate yourself/get help so I give props to those who do. I have clinical anxiety/depression and it took me months to see a doc so I understand the emotions/psychological effects that come with having an issue that's not well known or talked about.
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I dont believe there is such a thing as ADHD its just another way to sell drugs by saying someones charachet traits are wrong and a flaw.
Lets drug the sheep to be like all the other sheep.
There is nothin wrong with you. You are different that is all. Whats next lets drug gingers cus they must be sic they have red hair and act strange.
I'm tired of BS doctors tryin to sell drugs I'm tired of BS teachers to lazy to work with the kids selling drugs to make thier job easier and even worst I'm tired of lazy parents that just go along with what our so called lazy drug pushing professionals tell em without questioning it.
One of those so called docs tried to push ADHD on my daughter when she went to get her back checked out. Why cus she was fidgity from havin to take a leak.
There is nothing wrong with bein a scatterbrain with too much energy to burn.
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I dont believe there is such a thing as ADHD its just another way to sell drugs by saying someones charachet traits are wrong and a flaw.
Lets drug the sheep to be like all the other sheep.
There is nothin wrong with you. You are different that is all. Whats next lets drug gingers cus they must be sic they have red hair and act strange.
I'm tired of BS doctors tryin to sell drugs I'm tired of BS teachers to lazy to work with the kids selling drugs to make thier job easier and even worst I'm tired of lazy parents that just go along with what our so called lazy drug pushing professionals tell em without questioning it.
One of those so called docs tried to push ADHD on my daughter when she went to get her back checked out. Why cus she was fidgity from havin to take a leak.
There is nothing wrong with bein a scatterbrain with too much energy to burn.
Says the guy without ADHD.

It's great for people to voice their opinions, but without having experienced such symptoms. You can't relate at all, period.
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I dont believe there is such a thing as ADHD its just another way to sell drugs by saying someones charachet traits are wrong and a flaw.
Lets drug the sheep to be like all the other sheep.
There is nothin wrong with you. You are different that is all. Whats next lets drug gingers cus they must be sic they have red hair and act strange.
I'm tired of BS doctors tryin to sell drugs I'm tired of BS teachers to lazy to work with the kids selling drugs to make thier job easier and even worst I'm tired of lazy parents that just go along with what our so called lazy drug pushing professionals tell em without questioning it.
One of those so called docs tried to push ADHD on my daughter when she went to get her back checked out. Why cus she was fidgity from havin to take a leak.
There is nothing wrong with bein a scatterbrain with too much energy to burn.
Medication helps physical symptoms but therapy helps the emotional/psychological aspect. For effective assistance, both may be necessary. It's not about getting somebody to be "the same" as everyone else, it's about helping that person to perform to best of their ability.
Although I agree that nowadays doctors are quick to prescribe pills, holistic healing is becoming more socially acceptable.

We also have to take personal responsibility for our actions so it's a personal choice whether or not to take medication. Just because a doctor writes down a prescription, it doesn't mean they're putting a gun to your head and making you buy them. If people take them, it means they think it will help them.. you can't blame them for that. If not, maybe they have alternative methods in mind.
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^I'm glad it's somewhat mature at least.

My psych gradded from mcmaster university, and if you know alot of stuff we know about ADHD is from universities such as mcmaster.

ADHD exists, just as much as ignornant adults.

Alot of people use ADHD to their benefit, but for others its a road block.
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i think i went in the opposite direction. i feel like i'm developing adhd. i used to be so concentrated and focused on a task/homework. now i spend every 5 minutes surfing RS, facebook and what not while writing a paper. ugh.
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i think i went in the opposite direction. i feel like i'm developing adhd. i used to be so concentrated and focused on a task/homework. now i spend every 5 minutes surfing RS, facebook and what not while writing a paper. ugh.
Man, I can relate. We need to develop better selective attention (being able to focus on the task at hand)
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well since you have a lot more energy, use it for something that requires a lot of energy as well

That and practice concentration exercises, the more you do them, the better you get

and if you're doing work, shut off everything. Turn off your cellphone and other electronic devices. When you have an impulse to get it out, tell yourself to not do it.

It's a long and tedious process but works, i work with adhd students so there's my two cents
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don't get me wrong. i can still focus when needed but distractions are just that much easier. it's quite hard to differentiate between adhd and normal everyday distractions.
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