I start counseling next week
As a child I was diagnosed with ADHD and prescribed ridalin, and I'm pretty sure I now have adult ADD. Now that I have decent medical insurance I can get tested and diagnosed, and hopefully start some sort of treatment. I'm worried drugs may be my only real option.
ADD impacts every aspect of my life. Relationships, work, recreation, everything.
I have a plenthora of major and minor symtoms, which I didn't realize were due to ADD until a few years ago. I thought I just had a bunch of unrelated problems.
-History of not living up to potential in school or work
-Short attention span, unless VERY interested in something
-Easily distracted, tendency to drift away
-Trouble listening carefully to directions
-Skips around while reading, or goes to the end first, trouble staying on track
-Tendency to be easily bored (tunes out)
-An internal sense of anxiety or nervousness
-Impatient, low frustration tolerance
-Frequent, impulsive job changes (in my case, VERY frequent)
-Poor organization, trouble maintaining an organized work/living area
-Chronic sense of underachievement
-Mood swings, prone to depression
-Trouble sustaining friendships or intimate relationships
-Lack of talking in a relationship
-Avoids group activities
-Tendency toward addictions (food, alcohol, drugs, work)
-Switches around numbers, letters or words
-Frequently feeling tired
-Poor listening skills
-Chronic procrastination or trouble getting started
-Chronic problems with self-esteem
-Work or schoolwork deteriorates under pressure
Ugh. I'm screwed. The only ADD symptoms I dont have are:
-Turn words around in conversations
-Frequent Search For High Stimulation (bungee jumping, bar fights, ect)
-Verbally abusive to others
-Lying or stealing on impulse
-Frequent traffic violations
-History of bed wetting past age 5 (whew)
Last edited by Scruffy; September 21st 2005 at 03:39 PM.
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