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I Have Adult Adhd

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    O! Just found this page.

    I was diagnosed with adult ADHD a year ago. After taking the medication, my Rhonan life has been grand :) Started uni, finances sorting itself out, friendships, relationships all starting to come together. Life is grand :)
    Inpuov Inpuov 26-30, M Mar 26, 2014

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    So today, after I don't know how many years in

    my life that I have been struggling with inattentiveness, I finally got the answers to all my questions.. I do have the disorder I thought I always had, ADHD predominantly inattentive type, I was just too shy to admit it or tell my mom because I didn't want to think I was...
    psychedelicblues psychedelicblues 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 4, 2014

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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 2 Responses Dec 27, 2014

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    Loving someone with ADHD .

    ... As someone with ADHD, I can attest that this article is right on target. http://quotespaper.com/quotes-about-life/5871
    Winterwolf1231 Winterwolf1231 46-50, M 3 Responses Feb 5

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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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    Always In Trouble and Felt Disconnected.

    OK, I'm a pretty smart guy. At least I've always thought so, and my teachers and others have always told me that. I'm not sure what that really means, to be "smart", but I'll take it. :) The other comment I have heard the most in my life is some version of "if you...
    Shibadog Shibadog 46-50, M 6 Responses Aug 31, 2009

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    so its been a couple days i went off my meds,

    ive gotton on and off of them before so i know the withdrawals are horrible, i mean dang i hate the withdrawals espically the amount of food i crave every like 5 minutes it seems. i was 114 last week and this week im 124 haha!! it feels good to eat this much but now i want to...
    Bayzar Bayzar 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 15, 2014

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    Why is Vyvanse so expensive?

    I pay $145 out of pocket every 30 days with insurance!
    choloch choloch 36-40, M 2 Responses Oct 5, 2014

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    I've been taking Vyvanse

    for about a year now. Every so often I skip a day or two just to see how it would be. It never fails to remind me how much better I'm doing on meds. It's 10pm and I just found an empty cereal bowl I put in the fridge after breakfast. And instead of being utterly frustrating it...
    blue404 blue404 31-35, F 3 Responses Jul 3, 2014

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    I have made my ADHD work

    for me. It has helped me stay determined and kept up my persistence. I could focus and never lose sight of my goal, but it has been trouble as well. But hey, you work for me, b****!
    lon3lygam3r lon3lygam3r 26-30, M Jul 14, 2014

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    Today I was in class

    and my thoughts were just running through my mind. One thought lead to another and I remembered a joke id heard. Then i started laughing out loud. Got sent out of class. Sucks being like this Anyone with similar experiences?
    LucidVoid LucidVoid 18-21, M 1 Response Sep 8, 2014

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    I am concerned that I will continue to struggle

    with intimacy, and that one person will never be "enough" for me. I get bored, crave variety, and look elsewhere for stimulation. My history of relationships has always been me leaving my partner (not necessarily cheating, but dumping them so I can be with others and not call it...
    perspectivist perspectivist 22-25, M 1 Response Nov 15, 2014

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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 13 Responses Nov 18, 2009

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    Why Nobody Cares

    The title is not misleading. I want to know why most of the general public does not want to acknowledge the existence or severity of adult ADHD. Only suffers and the families of suffers know what I mean. There is this myth that ADHD'ers are lazy and unmotivated. That our disorder...
    collegestag08 collegestag08 26-30, M 16 Responses Dec 28, 2011

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    ~~~~~>ADULT ADHD<~~~~~ It's going to be

    hard, but I want to get there." And then Bevis & Butthead pop into my head laughing."Hard.You said hard."
    TCL009 TCL009 41-45, F 1 Response Jun 27, 2014

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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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    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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    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 4 Responses Aug 13, 2012

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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 26-30, F 3 Responses Dec 10, 2013

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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

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    My psych office will not put the pre

    authorization form in for my adderall. The receptionist is a ditz. She always messes up my stuff. My adderall will be 82 dollars out of pocket. The ****? It's been a bad day as it is. To top it off, the office is closed for a week until Monday. Who does that? CVS said they will...
    saviscool saviscool 26-30, F 1 Response Jun 25, 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 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 7

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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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    Does Anybody Else Experience This?

    Is it normal with ADHD/add to seem to have auditory problems....ie....I often don't understand what someone is saying in the moment but understand a few moments later? Is this an attention issue? I really hate having this....people misunderstand and think you're slow or...
    DonutsJunction DonutsJunction 26-30, F 9 Responses Jul 3, 2013

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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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    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 5 Responses Dec 19, 2014

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    At age 42, finally sitting down with a

    psychiatrist to get proper meds for my ADHD! Everything in my life has been impacted by the ADHD! Hoping this will be my road to recovery.
    dynamic71 dynamic71 41-45, M 1 Response Aug 5, 2014

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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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    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 4 Responses Dec 18, 2014

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    To Hell With This Research Paper!!!

    It is not fun when I always get stuck doing a research paper at the last minute and I can't focus. I'm not dumb, I write good papers and I've managed to remain a straight A student even in university, but I can't focus for the life of me. I have been trying to get meds. This is...
    hypnotika hypnotika 22-25, F 3 Responses Nov 25, 2013

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    it was never told to

    until i was back from Iraq. i think it was from being over there or being in the army to long. i dont know for sure. i never had it when i was a child, so something had to happen to to bring it out in the open for the doc to see it. now im on meds for it and other thing as...
    budsmith9478 budsmith9478 36-40, M 1 Response Dec 18, 2014

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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 1 Response Dec 19, 2011

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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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    I have been on adderall

    for over a year now. It has been amazing. I can focus and stay organized. I have changed my lifestyle. I changed my diet and started exercising. I started a low dose of 10mg once a day. I am now on 15mg twice a day. It has saved my life. I couldn't get anything done before and...
    saviscool saviscool 26-30, F 2 Responses Jun 23, 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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    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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    I was in third grade

    when I was first diagnosed with ADHD. I had encephalitis (swelling of the brain) the summer before I started first grade and my sister had also been diagnosed with ADHD. My parents actively had me go to counseling with an agency that actually specialized in ADHD treatment, but...
    patricialeigh patricialeigh 31-35, M 2 Responses Oct 27, 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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    about one year ago i got diagnosed with ADHD

    as an adult lol im 20. it was my first year of college & it just overwhelmed me how my life was so different & that i was falling behind on my work, ADHD was taken a big toll on my life for the better of course because i never knew how much it impacted me until i realized how...
    Bayzar Bayzar 18-21, F 4 Responses Oct 23, 2014

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    Alright I need some support.

    I have a dual diagnosis of ADD and OCD. Who out there knows of any online support groups or can help me harness the hell fire.
    fiendforlife fiendforlife 31-35, M 2 Responses Sep 25, 2014

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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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    hi there to all adultbabys like me will you get

    in tough with me so we can chat pwease 1baby2
    Mickyfynn Mickyfynn 66-70, M 5 Responses Nov 8, 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 30 Responses Mar 29, 2010

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    I recently found this out

    and it really bothers me. But anyways I was on adderall for about a month and i quit cold turkey and I think that made me feel really dizzzyyy is that normal? Like it's been a week and i still feel dizzy.
    radisglad radisglad 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 24, 2014

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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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    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 6 days ago

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    I am predominately inattentive.

    It's hard to focus and pay attention, I am totally unorganized and forgetful. I have to write to-do list and reminders all the time to stay on task, I am a huge procrastinator. I get distracted easily, I day dream a lot but the upside to it is I am very creative and imaginative...
    alishawill alishawill 22-25, F 3 Responses Sep 29, 2014

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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 9 Responses Mar 23, 2011

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    I Can't Get It Out!!!

    As many of you know I have ADHD as well as damage from a brain injury, and possibly asperger's syndrome. So here I am now to vent again at my frustration at the lack of understanding.... I'll say one thing, or, I think I've said one thing, only to find out later that I was...
    ScatteredGrapes ScatteredGrapes 41-45, F 3 Responses Aug 21, 2012

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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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    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 Jan 26

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