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I Have Adult Adhd

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 have ADHD and my mood swings have been really

    bad. Does anyone have any advice or questions?
    guitargirl8291 guitargirl8291 22-25, F 5 Responses May 31

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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 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 a week ago

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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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    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 2 Responses Nov 5

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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 2 Responses Apr 19

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    I have ADHD and I wish I didn't I battle every

    day to stay focused and not a menace to society. The medication helps but I feel I use it as crutch and when I'm not on it I am almost unbearable to be around witch is probably why I'm lonely.
    xXhuntersXx xXhuntersXx 16-17, M 2 Responses Aug 26

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    ~~~~~>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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    Man With A Million Plus Excuses

    I am a man of almost 48 years old with ADHD. I was diagnosed early in 2000 by a old High School friend who is now a Doctor. Remembering how I was in school and my struggles with work, he suggested that I visit my Family Doctor for tests. Once it was confirmed, I was so...
    joeyhorne joeyhorne 46-50, M 3 Responses Apr 20, 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

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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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    Is starters good for you.

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

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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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    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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    neile73 neile73 41-45, F 1 Response May 3

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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 4 Responses Nov 8

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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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