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I Have Adult Adhd

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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 7 Responses Aug 31, 2009

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    Do I have enough symptoms to get tested?

    Symptoms Childhood Extremely far behind in writing and reading skills. Handwriting and spelling so bad that teacher had no idea what It said. Very quiet. To myself. Tended to think about other things in life therefore not playing attention. (Day dreaming) When my mom...
    thaxton thaxton 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 21

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    Whats In A Name

    I was diagnosed with what they called lazy mind syndrome as a kid in the 60s which i thought laughable even at that young age as i knew then i thought much faster than those around me the lms label led to me being treated pretty badly by my parents which also would have been...
    keith64 keith64 46-50, M 1 Response Jan 10, 2011

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    I'm adult with ADHD and I find it

    so hard to make friends and to communicate with others. Everybody around me is dull, relaxed, and just there....does anybody ever have that?
    paigepringles paigepringles 22-25, F 4 Responses Apr 4

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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 28 Responses Mar 29, 2010

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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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    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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    Myths Debunking Myths

     Thought it would be "nice", by way of reintroduction, to post the "seven myths of ADD" (the title, perhaps, a spin off of the seven deadly sins?) one at a time. This was too much of a temptation, given how I am keen on dissecting the language of the...
    deanne65 deanne65 46-50, M 3 Responses Feb 27, 2010

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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

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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 5 Responses Feb 4, 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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    Disappointments

    I'm a barely legal adult, but I've had my fair share of suffering because of my ADHD. I'm in college. And damn it I freaking feel stupid. I have been called a lot of things mostly lazy, irresponsible, stupid and useless. My teachers talk about me in the faculty, my mom's friend...
    1imaginarylife 1imaginarylife 18-21, F 10 Responses Jun 5, 2013

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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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    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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    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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    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 12 Responses Nov 18, 2009

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    I and textbook description

    for adult ADHD but have not gotten properly tested yet. I think I was looked over as a child. People just thought I was angry, and wanted attention or was acting immature. When I started college my grades were up and down and my family didn't understand why. My academic adviser...
    aerialklove aerialklove 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 6

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    I'm 33. Nice guy, hard worker.

    But I'm rutterless. Just got my 2nd dui. I haven't been in trouble in 10 years. But when I was I was in lots of it. Assults.resisting arrest. Dui's. A year in jail.Life was going well. Now this! House arrest and loosing my driving for a year. Could loose my job! Been on meds...
    Joshua617 Joshua617 31-35, M 2 Responses Jan 17

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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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    Story Of My Life...i Am Loving Being Adder :)

    I am 25...i self diagnosed that i have ADD 6 months ago... Before that my life was up side down..in my school life i was average student.. people made fun of me...i used to cry alot..i used to blame myself what's going wrong with me :( ...then when i joined my high school it got...
    passionforlife passionforlife 22-25, F 3 Responses Feb 14, 2011

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    Is there a better alternative to Adderall

    or Strattera? I need some help focusing, but I don't have a very easy time with either drug. I'm already on Trileptal for a mood stabilizer and Trazodone for sleep, and they are working well and I don't want to disturb that. Just wondering if anyone could suggest another...
    WhoAmI613 WhoAmI613 22-25, F 4 Responses Apr 8

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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 2 Responses Feb 15

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    ID say AND ASK OTHER WITH ABOVE ,

    IF YOU FEEL THAT UR FEELINGS ,EMOTIONS MAKE YOU FEEL TO OTHERS THAT YOUR COLD,ALSO YOU DNT SHOW THEM IT FEEL LIKE STORE THEM UP THEN BANG WHEN SMALLEST THING JUST BURST YOU OPEN AND YOU HAVE NO WAY CONTROL AND FIX THEM,THIS IS ONE OF THINGS PEOPLE WITH OUT ADHD DNT UNDERSTAND...
    sherlock45 sherlock45 36-40, M Mar 5

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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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    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...
    pancakequeen pancakequeen 22-25, F 3 Responses Nov 25, 2013

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    Random Thoughts

    I am 40 years old and have ADHD. I was diagnosed a year ago, but always knew there was something about me. Here are some of the things I do that make me "me." At Home... I never read directions (too complicated!); I love to read novels, as long as they're interesting; I'm a...
    prugirl prugirl 36-40, F 2 Responses Apr 22, 2011

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    I am 2 different people with adhd.

    The one without medication is bouncing off walls and doing crazy things. The one with medication is calm most of the time. I can never concentrate for more than 10 minutes at a time and Im always moving around... I also have OCD so I'm not disorganized.
    jen1994 jen1994 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 15

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    Do you have important goals

    but are frustrated by distractibility, procrastination, failure to follow task lists? Maybe we should get together. I have an opportunity to propose a significant book to a publisher who liked my concept. But I am a terminal ADD in terms of distractibility, procrastination...
    nnamelet nnamelet 51-55, M Feb 12

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    Ironically, now my work involves testing other

    adults for ADHD. It frustrates me how little awareness there is among other professionals about what adult ADHD looks like. They assume that someone with ADD won't be able to focus on *anything,* forgetting that people with ADD also hyper-focus. Just like it isn't a rule out for...
    CycaHHa CycaHHa 31-35, F 1 Response Feb 2

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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

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    I Just Always Thought I Was Weird!

    I've known for a few years now that I have ADHD... but I've unofficially known since I was a kid. As a child I had all sorts of problems at school. Most of my problems involved disorganization, not paying attention in class, forgetting to do or turn in my homework (or losing...
    AngelNicki AngelNicki 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 8, 2010

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    Is it better to be an impulsive ADHD insomniac

    or to take meds and be less of one? Asking other people in similar circumstances for advice. I'm a bit of a rare case, everyone I know thinks they can understand, but they can't. I was born an idiopathic insomniac (un-curable). I have severe adult impulsive ADHD. After a...
    let1the2wall3down4 let1the2wall3down4 18-21, F 4 Responses Mar 14

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    And am in my first year of marriage.

    My wife is fed up because I "don't understand her feelings." To be honest, I don't! I'm reading all these blogs and websites about wives fed up with their adhd husbands and it has me really depressed. Maybe I'm just meant to be alone? I thought life was going great. For the...
    chaids171 chaids171 26-30, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I'm smart. I have a masters degree in business.

    I run a photography business since I jumped around at a few corporate business jobs and decided they were not for me and I would never stay interested long enough to make a successful career if it wasn't something I love. But I still struggle. I feel like I waste so much time...
    Fotogchick Fotogchick 36-40, F 1 hr ago

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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 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

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    34 with ADD - My curse

    and the screen play gone wrong that is my life. Im tired of the depression and the unfair treatment. Sometimes I just wish the whole world knew. That I could tell people. That they would stop judging me . I wish I could be normal. Im so tired of arguing with my husband because...
    losingitslowly losingitslowly 31-35, F 1 Response Feb 19

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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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    Hi there I have had ADHD

    for the last 30+ yrs and let me tell you I have had my ups and downs and things can get challenging at time I know I have found something that has worked for me it may work for you leave msg if you want to know more
    MrThriving MrThriving 36-40, M 1 Response 3 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 4 Responses Aug 13, 2012

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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 was diagnosed with ADHD

    since I was 6. My parents refused to give me any meds, so I struggled at school pretty hard. This is my first year of university, and even though I understand maths and chemistry very well, I can't score grades that'll make me pass. Please, any advise on the subject? I am...
    whiplash95 whiplash95 18-21, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I have always had adhd growing up

    as a kid and thought that i would grow out of it but now that i am entering my young adult hood im finding out that is far from the truth! I find it very difficult to motivate my self in the morning and time just seems to slip through my hands! I have all these goals i make that...
    hawks94 hawks94 18-21, M Feb 7

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    Adhd Success? The Keys...

    I read of a list of successful people who have ADHD, or thought to have it, including Michael Jordan and Albert Einstein Wow. I have been asking myself, "how do they make it even with ADHD?" So I read a few articles on ADHD and how to succeed with it. I find a couple of ideas I...
    Excellency Excellency 26-30, M 4 Responses Dec 25, 2011

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    Has anybody tried herbal remedies

    for adult ADD that promise to help with focus and concentration? Or is that just quack? :)
    2Crunchie2 2Crunchie2 36-40, F 1 Response Dec 16, 2013

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    I've read an article about ADHD

    and I got 30 out of 35 symtoms. I've been actually trying to find out reasons why I can't be successful in my job or at home. At work, I just can't get everything done correctly. I'm still trying to find my place in the sun but it's so difficult. I told the people closest...
    jollybgood jollybgood 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 7

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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 have been all all different ADHD medicine

    since I was 6 years old. That's when a doctor told my parents I had it. I remember going to the school nurse office and taking the pill it taste like crap. Since then I have tired maybe 7 or 10 different kinds of pills and a patch you put on your skin. I have been on all...
    yellowsunset yellowsunset 18-21, F Jan 27

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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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    So I was recently diagnosed with ADHD I am a

    college junior. My life is just the definition of disorganization... Well adderall kinda helps but not quite, I may need a higher dose. The problem here is that being in college and having adderall brings the attention of everyone. Everybody wants it! And I don't know what...
    clac clac 18-21, F 5 Responses Feb 11

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    I would like to know what side effects did you

    experience while on ADHD medicine? Thanks :)
    2Crunchie2 2Crunchie2 36-40, F 4 Responses Dec 11, 2013

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    Help needed - I don't know

    for sure if I have it or not but I want to get tested for it, if anyone knows where to start or go let me know. Is it a psychiatrist or a neurologist? PM me or write below, thanks for reading.
    noxven noxven 22-25, M 4 Responses Mar 1

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    Hello! I suspect I have ADHD,

    but am not sure. Because I struggle with time management and organization, I never feel like I'm a "real" adult. The daily responsibilities that other people seem to complete with ease are a constant struggle for me. I think that people see me as outgoing and creative, but also...
    dreiko dreiko 26-30, F Feb 16

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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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    I have only known about my ADHD

    for a year. I look back and it explains a lot of problems I've had. I'm going off to college this year and I just want to know any tips and tricks that could help me be successful. I have a lot of trouble with organization and task completion. I am on medicine but for things...
    artgirl96 artgirl96 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 1

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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 41-45, M 2 Responses Sep 13, 2013

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