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I Have Adult Adhd

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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 1 Response Jul 14

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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 2 Responses Apr 17

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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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    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'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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    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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    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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    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 3 Responses Apr 8

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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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    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 Apr 19

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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 6 Responses Feb 11

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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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    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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    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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    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 22-25, F Jun 25

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 have no friends. When I see other people with

    their friends, it breaks my heart :'(
    whatupdoc54 whatupdoc54 18-21, M 3 Responses Jul 11

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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'm trying to get back on treatment

    for my ADHD, but the doctor I'm seeing doesn't necessarily deal with ADHD patients regularly. Her main area of focus is in treating depression, so she put me on Wellbutrin 150mg, 1 per day. It has only been two days so far, but from what I can tell, I am definitely more calm...
    hazelwoodd hazelwoodd 26-30, F 2 Responses May 29

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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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    ~~~~~>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."
    TheCunylinguist TheCunylinguist 41-45, F 1 Response Jun 27

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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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    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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    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'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 2 Responses Apr 23

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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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    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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    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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    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 Feb 15

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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 am enrolled in a 3 week bartending school

    and it's taking me double that time because my 504 can't be used in this situation. My day classes switched to night and there is double the amount of people in the class so we are all scrunched and I can't focus. The school is closing soon so I have to drive an hr away to get...
    xoxohayley xoxohayley 18-21, F May 17

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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 3 Responses Apr 19

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    neile73 neile73 36-40, F 1 Response May 3

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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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    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'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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    "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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    Is starters good for you.

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

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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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    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 have ADHD and my mood swings have been really

    bad. Does anyone have any advice or questions?
    guitargirl8291 guitargirl8291 22-25, F 4 Responses May 31

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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 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 22-25, F Jun 23

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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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