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I Have Adult Adhd

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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 51-55, M 3 Responses Oct 2, 2013

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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 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 11, 2015

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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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    OMG, I have just today read some stories in

    this group. It's amazing to discover other people like me. And discover what I struggle with is not just my own unique personality flaw. I mean the diagnosis and improvememt from Adderall started the process, but this is just nice to be able to relate to someone for once.
    HelenTarnation HelenTarnation 41-45, F 4 Responses May 20, 2015

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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, 2015

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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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    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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    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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    While I suspected having ADHD

    for many years, it wasn't until about 5 years ago that I was diagnosed by a professional. I believe things could have been different if I had gotten help sooner. Meds don't work for me, as I am very susceptible to the side effects of stimulants. I was also prescribed anti...
    BizSuitStacy BizSuitStacy 51-55, T 2 Responses Nov 30, 2015

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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 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, 2015

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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 61-65, M 1 Response Feb 22, 2014

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    I was prescribed Ritalin

    or Dexedrine back in the 80's to give anti-depressant a boost. I've been taking them off and on since. More on then off. The regulations on controlled substances are much tougher now, so my doctor added the ADHD diagnosis so he can continue prescribing them. Depression effects...
    jameson939 jameson939 56-60, M 2 Responses Jan 22

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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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    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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    Opening sentences that state the obvious bore

    me. Opening lines such as "We are a month into the new year and..." or "It is January now and...." lose my interest. It doesn't matter how talented the writer is, it bores me and I will read no further. I think it's a bad trap to fall into. It shows a lack of imagination...
    Deedle623 Deedle623 51-55, F 2 Responses Jan 13

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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 9 Responses Aug 14, 2011

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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, 2015

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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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    Or bipolar. Or both. They say my new flaws

    are in my head. They then frown when i reply Nope *********** yesterday And still feel adhd.
    JustBipolarMe JustBipolarMe 46-50, M Apr 3, 2015

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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 Aug 30, 2015

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    I am going to the doctor on Monday to discuss

    the possibility of having ADD. I have discussed this possibility with friend/co workers and my partner and have received mixed reviews...i know that this is a real issue and i am aware of stigmas and the way that its not a a good feeling if people say or assume that they have a...
    backagainV backagainV 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 19, 2015

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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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    In my case, it takes on the form of a

    hyperfocus. When I get focused on something....it can literally take months before I can let it go. I've learned to some stay out of things to prevent it...........
    Extant1 Extant1 51-55, M 2 Responses Sep 4, 2015

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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...
    LoveJennaXo LoveJennaXo 26-30, F 4 Responses Dec 19, 2014

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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, 2015

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    I can't do most of the things

    that I like because I resist doing anything that requires sustained mental effort. As much as love reading, it is the hardest thing in the world for me to do. I also like meditating but it is so difficult with adhd
    ekatt123 ekatt123 18-21, M 3 Responses Nov 15, 2015

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    Day one on What I think is Adderall.

    So I talked to my Doctor today about my ADHD and he agreed that medication would help. He prescribed me ADDERALL 15mg. But CVS gave me a pill called U29 is this the same thing? I will say on a GOOD note that its calmed me down LOTS. I feel very level and that's cool. At first I...
    Tyler7sea Tyler7sea 26-30, M 3 Responses Mar 31, 2015

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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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    Or bi polar. My Girlfriend almost certainly has

    AADHD very badly but unbelievably no one worked this out - I only worked out that my BI POLAR diagnosis was probably equally likely to be AADHD this week. I say unbelievably because she bankrupt my business over the last year in about 1000 separate catastrophes. Only 2 days...
    alcudia2011 alcudia2011 41-45, M 4 Responses May 24, 2015

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    I was diagnosed in March of 2015 with

    Inattentive Adult ADD. I had never been diagnosed with ADHD before, but with the diagnosis a lot of things made more sense. I was in therapy and on meds for a while, but I no longer have to money to get those things anymore. I'm trying to figure out how to cope without those...
    eawilli eawilli 22-25, F 4 Responses Jan 3

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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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    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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    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, 2015

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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, 2015

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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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    "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'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, 2015

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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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    I was diagnosed ADHD in my late 20s

    and up until now I thought I was managing it pretty well. Aside from the fact I can't keep a checkbook to save my life, and the least little thing will distract me in a heartbeat. But after 20 years a couple years ago I decided to go back to school and I've always SUCKED at math...
    Blackangel Blackangel 46-50, F 1 Response Oct 16, 2015

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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 3 Responses Aug 31, 2015

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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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    I always on the go, once they order me to do

    something before finishing d sentence, im long gone, usually they have to shout to stop me, I was quite easily distracted by phone ringing. once in operating theater, d phone ring, in split second I turn toward d phone.and saw her staring at me.. I turn back telling myself I'm...
    fallenangle fallenangle 22-25 Sep 5, 2015

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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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