Could I Have ADHD?

Updated on May 27, 2011
L.S. asks from Ridgeland, MS
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Hi. Never once have I ever considered that i may have ADHD but lately it has been on my mind. I found a website on AOL news talking about it and when i started reading some of the symptoms i noticed i had a good bit of them. I just took a online test on it and got a pretty high score for the disease. I just need to know if its all in my head or if i should really considered getting diagnosed. I will list some of my signs below. thanks.

- never stop daydreaming
- my mind wanders
- cant focus on anything that isnt interested or is too difficult
- get upset real easy
- cant sit still, have to be moving my feet, hands, or fingers
- needs or wants to do things but just cant bring myself to get up and do it or cant take my focus off one thing to do it.

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answers from Dallas on

You sound just like my son! I had him tested and nope! He was diagnosed as" bodily kinestetic". Wth? Basically he can't concentrate or sit still but doesn't need meds. Whatever, he is still doing poorly in school and a booger. Get tested. If they can/will help you you will feel so much better!

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answers from Seattle on

Check out

You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid, or Crazy?!? by Kate Kelly & Peggy Ramundo

and is the best adhd resource on the web that I've found.

The go get an eval :) Be prepared... first off they (psychologists or social workers) rule out physical conditions (usually in conjunction with your doctor), then there's about 3-6 hours of testing in office and it costs several hundred dollars *typically*. In our area it's about 800 for a social worker to test and about 600 for a psychologist to test. Insurance coverage actually *exists* now (used to magically disappear at age 18), but not all insurance will cover.

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answers from Washington DC on

ADHD is not a disease. It is not something you run out and medicate.
Many famous people have had and have ADHD, like Einstein for one. Beethoven, another, Newton, Mozart, Tom Cruise.

At your age, if you are succesful and living a good life what is wrong? You have overcome the ADHD, using it to your advantage.
It is not an excuse. Some people say "well I have ADD, so it's hard to do xyz." To me that's a bunch of baloney, it's just not your passion, or you aren't that kind of minded person. We can't all do calculus functions while driving, or compose music.
If it is not hindering your day to day life then why worry about it? If it is then see a psychologist.

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answers from Dallas on

Honestly, the best person to ask is a psychiatrist. Find one that specializes ADD/ADHD & talk to them about your concerns. If you do have it, they can not only confirm it, but start you on a course of treatment. If you don't have it, they can help you or direct you to someone who can help you with these symptoms.
Best of luck!

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answers from Biloxi on

Those are many of the symptoms my husband shows and he was diagnosed with ADHD and clinical depression. He's also bi-polar. It was one of those online ADHD quizzes that tipped us off. His previous dr never suspected ADHD. When my DH approached his new dr with ADHD she said he hit the nail of the head. There are many things you can do to help with the symptoms, like going to bed and waking up at the same time, leaving yourself notes, planning your day and writing down everything you need to do that day. Some people can do these things and avoid medication. Changing your diet to one that is as organic and all natrual as you can afford may also help. However, definintly see a dr about it. ADHD is adults is harder to diagnose than in children since its symptoms are similar to many other conditions, so do your research before hand to see what else it might be so you can have an informed and educated discussion with your dr.


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answers from New York on

Not sure why Jo G is so offended. My husband was diagnosed with ADD as an adult. My two kids have ADD and ADHD. I am pretty sure that I have undiagnosed ADHD.

Many people go undiagnosed until they are an adult.

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answers from Atlanta on

Hi L.,

Before you jump on the ADHD bandwagon, there are things you can do to get you to a baseline of health so that, whatever the diagnosis, it will be accurate. The abundance of synthetic chemicals in our bodies do weird things to us and they contraindicate just like pharmaceuticals do...once you pile more and more in your system the contraindications just go haywire. I recommend a detox of your body and your home. Once the chemicals are actually gone, then retake your test.

My daughter was diagnosed with ADHD and it turned out it was simply chemical toxicity. Laundry detergent, window cleaner, bath soap, and even McDonald's hamburgers (with their pesticides, preservatives, antibiotics and hormone) were simply wreaking havoc on her system.

There is no way that this condition can not be man made. When I was a girl, there was maybe one class clown in the entire grade. Now, everyone is medicated because they can't sit still and they have to speak to everything.

This is just a thought. It helped so much in our home and has made my life and my little girl's life so much easier and happier. If you're interested in how I did what I did, private message me and I'll walk you through it.

God bless,


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answers from Portland on

These are also symptoms of anxiety and depression. I suggest that you make an appointment with your doctor to discuss the possibility.

There are also tests on line for depression. Perhaps take one of them.

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answers from Dallas on

Man, that sounds like everyone I know, LOL

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answers from Sacramento on

I agree with the others. Don't try to self-diagnose. Get in with a specialist like a psychiatrist who can assess your symptoms and conduct a thorough evaluation.

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answers from St. Louis on

Add is not a disease it is a disorder, you are born with it you don't catch it! As someone who has struggled with ADD my whole life I find your post very offensive.

Having scolded you, based on what you said I wouldn't say you have ADD nor would I say you don't. I do wonder why you want to have it? Medication won't do squat if you don't have it. If you want to know, see a psychiatrist not a webpage.

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answers from Boston on

The problem with on line research is you get all kinds of information, and not all of it is reliable. I agree with Jo that it's not something you "catch" but you're not necessarily born with the disorder - it can be aggravated by nutritional imbalances as well. There is also a difference between ADD and ADHD. Some of your symptoms could indicate the "hyperactivity" part, but also could mean something else - for example, restless leg syndrome. Getting upset very easily, not being able to focus, and not being able to bring yourself to do something can be signs of depression.

So, before you start diagnosing yourself, you have a couple of choices. You can see a professional and consider medication, which is a bit of a commitment because sometimes the first few don't work and/or they cause other problems (such as personality changes). You can also make nutritional changes through proper, balanced supplementation. There is also a new product (just released in February) which deals with focus, mental clarity and stress relief. No stimulants, 5 calories, no caffeine, no "crash" afterwards, no artificial sweeteners, no sugar. You can get it from trained nutritional consultants and thereafter buy on line.



answers from Roanoke on

I don't believe ADD/ADHD is a disorder that is a "you have it or you don't" kind of issue. It's a spectrum. Some people have it, and it's easily dealt with, and others have it very badly and control it with medication. I believe it's difficult to diagnose oneself..but you say you're "considering getting diagnosed." I say, if you really don't think you can handle it, you should see a psychiatrist, because the symptoms you describe could be ADD/ADHD, or something else entirely.

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