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I Have Adult Adhd

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    What a Life of Suffering for ADHD Sufferer

    Having an ADHD makes everything hard. It impacts every area of your life. It is also very hard to diagnose even for the professional, let alone yourself. Some ppl can suffer years without knowing what's going on. I did graduate with an honor degree in Actuarial science though...
    Excellency Excellency 26-30, M 8 Responses Nov 25, 2011

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    Why Didn't Anyone Catch This Years Ago?

    The title pretty much says it all. I'm a 41 year old woman with a history of severe depression, learning disabilities, unstable relationships, a really dismal academic record and a generally screwed up life. That all changed back in June when I put the pieces together and asked...
    hpcatfish hpcatfish 41-45, F 10 Responses Aug 14, 2011

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    Medication or not? Wondering

    if anyone can offer any advice please? I am currently at uni and had an appointment with a education psychologist on Tuesday, who has diagnosed me with ADHD. I have to have an appointment with him in about a month to discuss treatment options. SO my question is do I go for...
    Dancer4eva4 Dancer4eva4 18-21, F 4 Responses Mar 13

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    I have ADHD and I was prescribed Adderall.

    I didn't have health insurance so I got the generic kind. I've never had legit Adderall. Anyway, I started taking it last year, but I feel as if this drug is hit or miss. In the beginning it was my saving grace, now I swear to god it's making me manic. I was so upset with how I...
    TJPink TJPink 26-30, F 4 Responses Dec 19, 2014

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    ADHD I'm not dumb or lazy

    Most of my life I've felt like I was dumb and lazy.  I am 40 yrs old and married with 3 children. My husband and I have often gotten into fights about my in-ability to keep the house clean and remember appiontments. I beat myself up and wonder why these simple tasks are so...
    3gymnasts 3gymnasts 36-40, F 31 Responses Mar 29, 2010

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    A day off Amphetamine is like a full day of the

    nausea one feels after the first 30 mins of taking it.
    Tyler7sea Tyler7sea 26-30, M Apr 10

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    Adhd Is Driving Me To Depression

    I get bored with things so easily. One day I'm really passionate and excited about something, the next I am just drained thinking about it. I love new challenges and opportunities. There are times when I think I'm really smart and innovative, but those are...
    itgirlwannabe itgirlwannabe 22-25, F 14 Responses Nov 18, 2009

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    “Be weird. Be random.

    Be who you are. Because you never know who would love the person you hide.” - See more at: http://m.additudemag.com/site/additudemag1/slidesw?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.additudemag.com%2Fslideshow%2F56%2Fslide-11.html#2925
    HelenTarnation HelenTarnation 41-45, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    And Maybe Asperger's Too.

    In all honesty I don't get why they say someone has adult ADHD. I've had it all my life. When a person has juvenile diabetes (type 1 diabetes) it's called that all their lives, the name doesn't change when they become and adult. Same for ADHD. It will be there my entire life, so...
    ScatteredGrapes ScatteredGrapes 41-45, F 5 Responses Aug 13, 2012

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    I have found a new Helper!

    Dr Russell Barkley is the nation's leading ADHD researcher. If you haven't read any of his books, you should. But here's the hard part: the books are pretty dense and hard to read. He writes primarily for other researchers and clinicians. Barkley is definitely not a pop...
    icDavey icDavey 56-60, M 1 Response Feb 22, 2014

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    If They Understood Back Then...

    Here's my ADHD story....Currently, I'm 44 and was "officially" diagnosed with Adult ADD about 8 years ago. I tried different MEDs until the clear best choice was Concerta. I also have borderline bi-polar/mood disorder so I take a very small dose of Lamictal here and there...
    TheDays TheDays 46-50, M 2 Responses Sep 13, 2013

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    Love And Marriage With An Adhd Husband (me)

    A disclaimer to start: this may be really long and drawn out but if you are a husband with ADHD or a wife that is married to ADD'er "stay focused" and try to get through this. It could save your marriage. I'll start with a little background. I'm 39 years old and have been...
    Youratthetopofmylist Youratthetopofmylist 36-40, M 3 Responses Dec 19, 2011

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    Half a Life is all I get I'm an ADDer.

    ...no H....its just my brain. They call it ADHD - Primarily Inattentive Type. And I would swear it didn't hit me full scale until I was 45. That's when I got tested and found out I perform at about 20% of normal for some concentration tasks. That test with the color words printed...
    icDavey icDavey 56-60, M 1 Response Feb 15, 2014

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    Starting a project is a challenge;

    but stopping it is an even bigger challenge.
    TheCunylinguist TheCunylinguist 41-45, F 2 Responses Mar 29

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    Always knew there was something wrong with me

    why did i always make carelenees mistakes at school, why could I not pay attention and have to read the same passage several times before understanding. At school I was in constant trouble being the class clown annoying teachers on purpose, I thought it was hilarious being...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Feb 5, 2014

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    Now That I Understand It, I Don't Know If I'd Change It

    There are a lot of sad stories about what undiagnosed ADHD has done to people's lives.  This isn't one of them.  I was lucky.  Blessed with high intelligence, I was able to cram for the exams the night before and pull off high marks.  Even though I procrastinated and got...
    Glad2Chat Glad2Chat 51-55 11 Responses Jul 16, 2011

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    I Can't Believe This...

    I have a professor in a class where I was paying attention to everything else, and mistakingly left some mess out. She then wrote on my grade that I was lazy...I'm sorry but I can't really help that! It's when I realized that it's not just affecting my schoolwork, but how people...
    imstuckinhere imstuckinhere 18-21 4 Responses Nov 25, 2008

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    I always wondered what was wrong with me

    while I was growing up. I managed good grades in school, but I never could study. I tried, but I would just zone out. The only reason I graduated was I wss just smart and wily enough. I was so bored. I even tried to graduate at 16 instead of 17, The school and my parents decided...
    CannaCat CannaCat 46-50, M 3 Responses Nov 5, 2014

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    It was secret Methamphetamine addiction.

    My girlfriend, whom I posted about 3 or 4 down from this, who bankrupt my business. She is denying it, even yesterday with eyes like O.O and unable to even sit down. I'm not going to say "she did this" or "she did that" - anyone who has had an addiction knows the addiction lies...
    alcudia2011 alcudia2011 41-45, M 1 Response Jul 24

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    I sooooo desperately need to connect with

    people I can relate to in this aspect of my life! I REALLY need to vent to someone that won't judge me the way everyone that doesn't understand the complexities of this disorder does without fail. I can't take much more. The last month of my life has felt like a dump truck drop...
    ScatterbrainedCK ScatterbrainedCK 26-30, F 5 Responses Mar 23

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    I have ADHD and everyone else can just deal

    with it. I do not take any medication for it and I will tell you why. I can live an almost normal life without it. I with much effort I can focus on things, such as college lectures or tasks at work. The ADHD really comes out when my over talkativeness and distractibility comes...
    cherrypie54552 cherrypie54552 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 11

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    Hey for a good laugh

    and if you're wondering if anybody understands you check out "BuzzFeed" 25 problems only people with adhd understand.
    zenwho zenwho 46-50, M Aug 14

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    I'm going to my Doctor

    for a check up today and I'm going to ask him about ADHD. I am sure I have it, which is why I'm on here. This is the first time in my life when I can read someone's story and mildly tear up because it applies to me so much. My worry is that he, just like my parents are going to...
    Tyler7sea Tyler7sea 26-30, M 3 Responses Mar 30

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    My brain just works on overdrive is all I say

    lol. I've always had difficulty sitting still and staying focused on any one task at a time. My Dr. put me on Adderall XR two years ago and they really seemed to make a huge difference for me. I am able to clear my head of the fog that seemed to be distracting me before and I...
    kristin8227 kristin8227 31-35, F 1 Response Aug 17, 2014

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    I just ruined everything again!

    I am so mad and upset at myself! For one ******* time I would like to see what is going on around me for what it is and not the lies I tell myself in my head. I wish I wasn't alone right now. I'm alone because of myself. I just want to be normal. I hate myself. I'm also buzzed...
    guitargirl8291 guitargirl8291 22-25, F Feb 21

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    Day Two on Amphetamine Salt Combo.

    Yesterday I was really concerned with understanding the difference between meds.(Adderall vs generic U29 Amphetamine Salt Combo) Today I have a bit more understand and am content and thankful for what I do have. After a long and drawn out conversation with my insurance provide...
    Tyler7sea Tyler7sea 26-30, M 1 Response Apr 1

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    At war, overwhelmed, take the pill,

    stimulated, until the next day.
    micahmae micahmae 22-25, F Apr 18

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    hey people of this group,

    how did you confirmed about your adhd, what was the test, how reliable that was. your responses would be valuable , and appreciated.
    chaoticthoughts chaoticthoughts 22-25, M 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    Do any of you have problems staying asleep?

    I can fall asleep in seconds but wake frequently and am restless all night. Looking for home remedies. I don't have sleep apnea and Sadly, OTC sleep aids don't help. I'm still restless and am grumpy and drowsy the next day!
    recycledknowledge recycledknowledge 41-45, F 3 Responses Mar 8

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    to be honest I have Attention Deficit Disorder

    (ADD) but its all put under the same category anyway. I've known that I've had ADD for a long time, since I was little. but when I got into high school I stopped taking my medication. and when I got into college I realized what a mistake that was. I had to go through a re...
    HealingMyHeart HealingMyHeart 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 23, 2014

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    Just Got Diagnosed With Adhd

    I just got diagnosed with ADHD. Sure I've suspected it for some time, I've always been very distracted, I'm way to easily bore, I'm an adrenaline junky. I loose my keys and phone fifty times a day. I hate sitting still and sitting through lectures in school is pain. I always have...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Feb 4, 2013

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    This ADD has just been driving me mad.

    I cannot begin to explain how much it depresses me that I just can't have a normally functioning brain with a sane mind. Is it too much to ask for to be able to focus on something? To be completely attentive? To not get distracted by unimportant stimuli in my surroundings? I...
    psychedelicblues psychedelicblues 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 18, 2014

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    A Whole Different Definition Of 'Normal'

    So a few years ago, my wife drug me, kicking and screaming to see a marriage counselor to discuss how we should best deal with my teenage son from my first marriage. We went to see the counselor every other week for a couple of months and were really able to come up with some...
    edwerz edwerz 46-50, M 3 Responses Oct 2, 2013

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    "Surprise, You're Older and You Have Adhd"

    Those were the very words of my psychiatrist one year ago. I responded by laughing because I wasn't surprised one bit. I found it funny that not one shrink had diagnosed me for something that I struggled with. It was the root problem under the compulsiveness and anxiety driven...
    smartiecats smartiecats 26-30 15 Responses Jun 8, 2008

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    My Adhd Hell

    Hi i have always been different and now,thanks to the love of my life.I now know why,i was always called lazy or stupid when i was child and i just created a fantasy world to retreat from the pressures of the real world.I have always been a impulse spender of money and now i am...
    wotaloser wotaloser 36-40, M 8 Responses Mar 23, 2011

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    I have always had it,

    but just recently (last year) started getting treatment. When I was a kid, I was always in trouble, for things, which no matter how hard I tried to do/not do, I could not help. Every time I went with the neighborhood kids,on the usual 15 min walk to school, all of us would be...
    elimarie7 elimarie7 31-35, F 2 Responses Jan 2

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    My doctor instructed me to do

    as such if id see no effect. So I consumed 60mg of Strattera for 3 days, no effect, jumped to 120mg, no effect, continued with 120mg and 150mg Wellbutrin for 4 days and these 4 days were extremely discomforting for me. My whole body kept shaking way too much I couldn't write...
    psychedelicblues psychedelicblues 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 10

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    I'm a scatter brain. I have trouble getting

    organized and I'm irresponsible. It's like my short-term memory doesn't work at all. Does anyone else have short-term memory problems? Is there anyway to correct the problem?
    tigersfan90 tigersfan90 31-35, M 3 Responses Mar 17

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    I think. Wait, I have to grab my Mac

    and cheese from microwave. Do you like Oprah? I think I've eaten 1600 calories today. I need to paint my nails again. When is that class at the gym again? Time to tweet! I'm hungry. I should probably get back to work.... Repeat the above with a slightly different variety. I'm...
    girlfromhere girlfromhere 31-35, F 4 Responses Dec 10, 2013

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    The Art Of Being Wrong

    Taken from a post on my blog: thedepartmentofcorrections.blogspot.com   - The Life, Struggles and Amendments of an ADHD Brain [ I have to add a caveat here. The following is based on MY experience of ADHD. The symptoms and the experience of ADHD are as various as the number...
    deleted deleted 26-30 7 Responses Mar 11, 2012

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    Do you tell people at work about your add?

    I have a professional job at a large corporation and I want to tell my boss and coworkers so they will understand me better, but I'm worried that it's all anyone will see after I tell them.
    mrremarkable mrremarkable 41-45, M 5 Responses Dec 27, 2014

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    I was diagnose in my mid- 20's

    and I struggled in college trying to focus in class to trying to studying at home. I always felt like a outcast everywhere I went and people made fun of me because I was different . The doctors put me adderall,but it makes you feel like a robot. I'm not the same person anymore...
    whitster01 whitster01 26-30, F 3 Responses Feb 7

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    I never knew I had it

    until about 5 years ago. I have the attention deficit part of it. I am on meds, but it still causes problems for me at work (teacher) and in my relationships (fiancé). The biggest issue is that I rarely manage to get to all of the things I say I will do, be it chores, outings...
    Whipp77 Whipp77 36-40, M 2 Responses Jun 13

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    Not really. But I want to be diagnosed soon,

    as I believe I have it. You see, all my life I've struggled to live normally. I failed. A lot of people dislike me because I am. . . lazy, irresponsible, indifferent, weird, clumsy, retarded. At least that's what people say. I'm not the hyperactive, talkative, can't sit in one...
    deeplydull deeplydull 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 26

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    I've finally been diagnosed,

    and I wonder what the first medication they put me on will be. I did the classic check-the-box quiz and I scored quite high. My husband did the same quiz to see what his perception of my habits were and it was higher. There are so many stimulant medications out there, what's...
    appalachiancoyote appalachiancoyote 31-35, F 2 Responses Jul 14

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    Anxiety, Depression, Addictions And ADD

    I always had to struggle with anxiety, depression and addiction problems, and i have been officially diagnosed with adult ADD the last week.As a child, i was very dreamy and hardly focusing on boring courses such as maths and biology. Paradoxically, i was really enjoying french...
    blackspirit665 blackspirit665 22-25, M 1 Response Mar 22, 2013