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Miss Chief

ADHD

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I'm sticking this in here as it's one of the co-morbid conditions that many people on the spectrum have.

I'm currently going through the err... assessment? process to see if I have ADHD

I must admit I didn't really know what ADHD was... I knew what it stood for and what all the words meant but I think that doesn't really cover the impact it has on people and I had no idea it could effect so very much.

Basically I was browsing YouTube when I saw a kind of funny video about ADHD (I'll link it below) and as I was watching, it was amusing of course but I was startled by how much I identified with all the stuff they were saying. So I went off to more reputable medical sources to find out more, and the more I learned the more shocked I was that I really think I have this and it has perhaps been one of the biggest impacts on my life (perhaps far more so than ASD), so I went to my GP and requested that I get assessed and I am now going through that process. 

I'm actually really hopeful that I have it, now I know that sounds weird to say since no one wants to be ill or even just different if it has a negative impact, but the reason I am hopeful is that unlike ASD there is actually a treatment for ADHD and if I have it and the treatment helps then I could perhaps get my life back on track. 

What do others on here who have ADHD think? Do you take meds for it? Do they help? Do you feel like it has at least as much impact on your life as AS? 

If you don't have ADHD and like me you just thought it meant that people struggled to maintain their focus (it actually means an awful lot more) there are some links below but at the top are two YouTube videos that got me looking into it in the first place :)

  •  I watched this first although it's not so funny it led me to the next on below which is:
  • This is the funny one which I really identified with

Ok and now some grown up links for people who want to get a better idea of what ADHD really is:

There are others but I figure that is enough to sate your curiosity. If you're not from the UK, the NHS site is still nicely laid out and easy to use and get basic info from but the NICE and the Royal College of Psychiatrists is probably two you want to avoid (NICE is the organisation who decides what medications are and aren't available on the NHS in the UK and the Royal College stuff is designed for Psychiatrists not patients so it uses a lot of jargon etc).

I do think that most younger people get this picked up very early these days so this (getting a diagnosis later in life) probably only applies to the members who like me got an AS diagnosis later in life, if you are younger you probably either have a diagnosis or you don't have it, I think when I was in my teens lots of younger kids were already getting ADD (as it was then called) diagnoses, I'm not saying it's impossible but just that it is less likely, I suppose it also depends on the health care system where you come from, my experience is of course UK based ;) 

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Those were fun videos to watch.  I am glad you have found another way to describe some of the things you struggle with @Miss Chief ! It was good you posted here in case others, especially older members who maybe might fit the diagnosis but when they were younger it wasn't around.

However, this only highlighted how much I don't have ADHD.  Sure, some of the things I could relate to, but the vast majority of the videos I  was like "nope, not me!" But the videos were still fun to watch.  I started thinking about some other people I know in life and maybe they have ADHD but I couldn't concentrate on thinking of their answers for everyone when I was thinking of my answer.   

Let us know how your diagnosis process goes, it would be great if this answers some of your problems so you can cope better with life. :) 

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Thank you for posting this. I do have difficulties with focusing - I find it hard to keep my attention on things like conversations and then I have to ask people to repeat, or videos - I can never watch a video straight through, I keep stopping it, getting up, looking at something else, or I have to replay because I missed a part of it. I also find it hard to settle down to work, it takes me all morning, and this is one of the reasons why I could never make a living from translations, because I could never stay focused on it for the duration of a 8 hour working day. The most I do is three or 4 hours. As a child I daydreamed a lot and was in my own world, extremely absent-minded, untidy and badly-organized. I was always losing or forgetting things. I can also relate to needing stimulation and getting bored easily - this is certainly true with me. New music, new foods, new ideas - but as long as I'm in control of it. I am also restless, edgy, fidget non-stop and impatient. I also avoid tasks with sustained mental effort, or procrastinate over them, I'm easily distracted. I wouldn't say that I was particularly impulsive though - at least not now, more so when I was younger. Perhaps I just found coping strategies as I got older? Also, I'm not particularly talkative, though I do interrupt people, mainly through impatience and not waiting for them to finish, but sometimes I don't realize that they haven't finished. But other people do this to me, too. Also, I'm not careless (not any more than the average person) and have good attention to detail, I can hyperfocus on things, but only when really interested. So I can relate to a lot of all of the inattention and hyperactivity symptoms, but not so much the impulsivity.

I've thought in the past that I might have ADHD, but I know that people with Asperger's also have difficulty with 'executive functioning' so it's unclear to me whether these symptoms are another aspect of the Asperger's diagnosis, or a separate diagnosis of ADHD. I think that perhaps I wouldn't be diagnosed with ADHD because I don't have so many impulsivity traits.

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@Nesf You don't need to have all three categories to have ADHD there are different kinds/combinations, so you could still have it, another consideration is that I didn't think that I was a risk taker but then they asked me some quite specific questions, driving fast for example and I realised that they would consider me to be one, so perhaps someone else can do a better assessment of you for some things. As a non-medical professional it does sound like you check a lot of the boxes so might be worth getting checked

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6 hours ago, Miss Chief said:

@Nesf You don't need to have all three categories to have ADHD there are different kinds/combinations, so you could still have it, another consideration is that I didn't think that I was a risk taker but then they asked me some quite specific questions, driving fast for example and I realised that they would consider me to be one, so perhaps someone else can do a better assessment of you for some things. As a non-medical professional it does sound like you check a lot of the boxes so might be worth getting checked

Oh yes, I do drive fast. Also, I used to like to climb things when I was a child - trees, rock climbing. I suppose that could be considered risk taking. I'm not scared of heights and I once really scared my partner by getting really close to a cliff, but I would never do a bungee jump or skydive. But other than that, in other areas, I don't take risks - I guess that's the Asperger's kicking in, or just my personality,

I don't know if I could ever get assessed. I mentioned once to my GP when I was in the UK that I have ADHD traits, but she told me that adults don't get diagnosed with this! Here they have the same attitude - that it's only for children.

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10 hours ago, Nesf said:

I don't know if I could ever get assessed. I mentioned once to my GP when I was in the UK that I have ADHD traits, but she told me that adults don't get diagnosed with this! Here they have the same attitude - that it's only for children.

Well when I went to my GP I just printed off the NHS page about ADHD (in adults) and I just marked all the bits that applied to me (including all the co-morbid conditions I already have). I did a bit more for the Psychologist... I wrote a report, possibly because I have ADHD, I tend to fixate on one or two things and forget to mention all the others so to stop that happening I just write it all out and give examples, fortunately he wasn't surprised about it since he spoke to the other Psychologist who diagnosed my AS and so he knew I do this, I always worry they will be annoyed that I do this ;)

He went through a HUGE form with me (took well over an hour even with him kind of moving me on) and now I am being referred to the ADHD expert to make a decision on it :) I will of course update this post with the result of that but I don't know how long that will be.

It does say on the ADHD symptoms lists that usually the issues decrease as we get older because we find coping mechanisms, however, I told the Psych Dr that if anything I feel like it has MORE impact on me as an adult than when I was young because when I was young my parents/teachers had much more control so I wasn't late so much etc. Where as now I am grown up there is no one to get me up and get me going so I don't have that safety net anymore, he said it is not unusual for that to be the case, as we get older the support we had as children/young adults disappears and we have more responsibilities like work, partners, kids, etc and no one to help so we can feel like we cope LESS instead of better.

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I think I have ADHD. Although I'm not hyperactive, apparently ADD is now more or less outmoded as a diagnosis, and its juust called ADHD now. I'm not exactly jumping off walls and high-fiving my neighbours, its all attention-deficit with me, and I could be pursuing a diagnosis this year. I've seen the youtube girl, she is great fun!

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I was n0t able t0 finsh the second video. I f0rced myself, but i might need t0 d0 it another time. 

I used to think i might be adhd but i ended up discarding it. I have a lot of the symptoms but i think theyre accounted f0r in the asd. 

Ive even th0ught i am dyspraxia but its all accounted for in the ASd diagnosis

Ive only made my bed like 2 time this year and it was only because people were coming over. i am very messy. I used to have so much paper on my bed and i used to sleep on it. 😂

I always forget something when going out. Either my prescripti0n glasses, keys, phone. 0ne time i left my phone charging. I was pissed. I try to talk to myself nowadays though. Eversince i forgot my phone. I am like "RiRi do you have your belt, do you have your socks, do you have your id, do you have your phone" it helps. 

When i was getting diagnosed for asd i told the psychologist i thought i might have asd, she didnt diagnose with it so i do not kn0w if i have it. 

I do get bugged by the smallest things and i tend to multitask and when im not doing anything i feel like im wasting time. I need constant gratification. I intertumpt people all the time. I cant really listen to other peoples sentences if im not interested. I feel overwhelmed by mess, but still live in the mess. I always thought i was organized, but im not.

I have so many ideas but never seem to put them to action. 

I can meet deadlines sometimes because i take things like my life depends on it so its the hyper focusing kicking in. 

I can relate to a lot of adhd, but i dont think id get diagnosed it it. 

 

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I cannot edit my p0st but i meant to say i told the psychol0gist i thought i have adhd. 

I also procrastinate a lot. 

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3 hours ago, RiRi said:

I was n0t able t0 finsh the second video. I f0rced myself, but i might need t0 d0 it another time.

I admit it took me a few attempts to get through the second vid too

3 hours ago, RiRi said:

I used to think i might be adhd but i ended up discarding it. I have a lot of the symptoms but i think theyre accounted f0r in the asd. 

Ive even th0ught i am dyspraxia but its all accounted for in the ASd diagnosis

Ive only made my bed like 2 time this year and it was only because people were coming over. i am very messy. I used to have so much paper on my bed and i used to sleep on it. 😂

I always forget something when going out. Either my prescripti0n glasses, keys, phone. 0ne time i left my phone charging. I was pissed. I try to talk to myself nowadays though. Eversince i forgot my phone. I am like "RiRi do you have your belt, do you have your socks, do you have your id, do you have your phone" it helps. 

When i was getting diagnosed for asd i told the psychologist i thought i might have asd, she didnt diagnose with it so i do not kn0w if i have it. 

I do get bugged by the smallest things and i tend to multitask and when im not doing anything i feel like im wasting time. I need constant gratification. I intertumpt people all the time. I cant really listen to other peoples sentences if im not interested. I feel overwhelmed by mess, but still live in the mess. I always thought i was organized, but im not.

I have so many ideas but never seem to put them to action. 

I can meet deadlines sometimes because i take things like my life depends on it so its the hyper focusing kicking in. 

I can relate to a lot of adhd, but i dont think id get diagnosed it it. 

 

 

3 hours ago, RiRi said:

I cannot edit my p0st but i meant to say i told the psychol0gist i thought i have adhd. 

I also procrastinate a lot. 

 

These do not sound like ASD traits... they do sound like ADHD traits though

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7 hours ago, RiRi said:

I was n0t able t0 finsh the second video. I f0rced myself, but i might need t0 d0 it another time. 

I must admit that I didn't finish the second video, I'll have to come back to it. I've never been a huge fan of videos with people just talking because they never seem to hold my attention for long, I always switch off a couple of minutes in and need to rewind.

 

20 hours ago, Miss Chief said:

Well when I went to my GP I just printed off the NHS page about ADHD (in adults) and I just marked all the bits that applied to me (including all the co-morbid conditions I already have). I did a bit more for the Psychologist... I wrote a report, possibly because I have ADHD, I tend to fixate on one or two things and forget to mention all the others so to stop that happening I just write it all out and give examples,

I did this for my Asperger's assessment for the same reason - but isn't a tendency to fixate on one or two details more an ASD trait? I always thought that with ADHD you tend to jump around a lot from one topic to another because ideas pop into your head and you become distracted.

 

7 hours ago, RiRi said:

I do get bugged by the smallest things and i tend to multitask and when im not doing anything i feel like im wasting time. I need constant gratification.

I can relate to this. But I don't really multitask - actually I get overwhelmed if I have too many things to do at once - I do one task but, but my mind keeps wandering, I keep wanting to get up to make cups of coffee, etc. When I was at school, I was always the last to finish a task. I can't settle down to a task easily to start it. If I start a task, then get interrupted, I find it hard to go back to the original task. And yes, if I'm not doing anything I feel like I'm wasting time, I get bored easily and need gratification/seek stimulation. It's one of the reasons why I keep coming back here and haven't moved on like so many other people have.

 

21 hours ago, Miss Chief said:

It does say on the ADHD symptoms lists that usually the issues decrease as we get older because we find coping mechanisms, however, I told the Psych Dr that if anything I feel like it has MORE impact on me as an adult than when I was young because when I was young my parents/teachers had much more control so I wasn't late so much etc. Where as now I am grown up there is no one to get me up and get me going so I don't have that safety net anymore, he said it is not unusual for that to be the case, as we get older the support we had as children/young adults disappears and we have more responsibilities like work, partners, kids, etc and no one to help so we can feel like we cope LESS instead of better.

Yes, this is true - I have to use self-discipline to get things done, also my partner reminds me to do things/not to forget things. One the other hand, I no longer have my mum constantly on my case for losing my pens, school lunchboxes, having odd socks or a jumper inside out (my mum says she had to check me every morning), or because I forgot to give her my PE kit to clean. I was constantly getting into trouble off my parents for things like this which I wasn't doing on purpose and no matter how I tried, I always did something wrong. The other thing I was always in trouble for was frowning or having the wrong expression on my face, or saying the wrong thing, which I was totally unaware of and which caused me a lot of stress at the time because I wasn't doing any of this on purpose.

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Thanks for that @Nesf 

Here are my results:

First one: I got 9/9 on both.

Second one: 53; Inattention 27, Hyperactivity/Impulsivity: 26.

 

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i have adhd and other things but i went cold turkey on all medication best thing i ever did.

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I know I fit the ADHD profile and that if I get an ADHD diagnosis I could probably prove to others that in fact "yes" my life is harder than a lot of people...but I won't  do that because I shouldn't do it to prove others. 

@Nesf I could leave a forum if am I banned from it. And if I force myself ot have new interests. 

More ADHD traits: desktop in my computer is always a mess, and I have more than 20 open tabs along with multile appliactions running

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