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I Have Adult Adhd

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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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    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 3 Responses Mar 8, 2010

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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 Dec 18

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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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    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...
    Bayzoo Bayzoo 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 15

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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 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

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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 2 Responses Aug 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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    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

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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 3 days ago

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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

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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 2 Responses Sep 29

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    I REMEMBER THIS THIS IS WHY I HAVE

    ADHD (ATTENTION HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER) I REMEMBER WHEN I ATTENDED COMMUNITY COLLEGE WE WERE TOLD TO WRITE AN ESSAY ABOUT THE THINGS AROUND US... I WROTE PART OF THE ESSAY ON HOW "MY PROFESSOR WOULD CONSTANTLY BUMP INTO THINGS AND I DIDN'T KNOW WHY..." FORTUNATELY FOR ME...
    ONESTARRYSTARRYNIGHT ONESTARRYSTARRYNIGHT 26-30, F 1 Response a week ago

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    I have no friends. When I see other people with

    their friends, it breaks my heart :'(
    whatupdoc54 whatupdoc54 18-21, M 4 Responses Jul 11

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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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    So I'm off my Concerta medication

    since it did not work for me for two days and I went up to 54 g. My doctor will write me a Strattera prescription because Adderall is not available in this stupid country. Anyone here consumes Strattera? What can you tell me about it?
    psychedelicblues psychedelicblues 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 10

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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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    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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    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

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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 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

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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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    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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    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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    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

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    Is starters good for you.

    .. Or should I still take concerta????
    whatupdoc54 whatupdoc54 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 9

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    How It Feel's To Have Adhd

    Being ADHD, has it's advantage's and Disadvantages.. Being ADHD.. for me anyway.. isnt like Trying to focus on one thing.. and then.. Oooh! its a squirrel! It's more like a constant state of meditation.. Mind always working and thinking.. Even at the worst time's.. which is why...
    ShallowDreamers ShallowDreamers 22-25, M 6 Responses Jan 23, 2011

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    Anyone here prescribed to Concerta

    and knows how long it keeps you awake? It's 10:00pm here and I wanna take but I'm worried it will keep me up all night
    psychedelicblues psychedelicblues 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 6

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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

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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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    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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    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'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

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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

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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...
    Bayzoo Bayzoo 18-21, F 4 Responses Oct 23

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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 1 Response Oct 5

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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

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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

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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...
    GreenPixie420 GreenPixie420 26-30, F 5 Responses a week ago

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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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    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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    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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    Possible Adhd, Confused And Frustrated

    Hello, Warning, obviously this is very long but I'm lost. Wondering if anyone can help, being worked up for ADHD now and I'm so confused, physician is no help. So basically I've had people joke with me all my life about being hyper and talkative and not being able to sit still...
    RN0905 RN0905 31-35 12 Responses Aug 22, 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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    Is Stratera good for you.

    .. Or should I still take concerta????
    whatupdoc54 whatupdoc54 18-21, M 3 Responses Jul 9

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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

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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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    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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    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 2 Responses Dec 18

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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

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