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my ADHD Traits (Symptons)

for me... ADHD is my NORMAL... its how I think...

and I have learned to accept thats who I am...

I see me more as....ADHF..... Attention Distracted Hyper Focus

I am HIGHLY aware of ALL that is going on around me...

so... My task is figuring out what to keep single Focus on...

holding that attention at a time



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My issue is I go either one extreme or another. I either have trouble focusing and go from one thing to the other or I am so tunneled on one thing that I don't see anything else going on around me. I get irritated when bothered.
I'm trying to find a way to combine both behaviors into one thing. It would be nice to be able to focus but at the same time get to everything that is going on outside of that focus and still come back without being annoyed.
I just wish I could get out of my own head some days or realize what I'm missing that day and not realize it a month later that my tunnel focus has missed out on so many things around me. It really depresses me sometimes.
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Let's see
I can´t keep my bedroom tidy and/or clean. When I manage to clean it, the next day is a mess, again.
I have a little fairy in my bedroom who hides things from me. My eyeglasses, my cellphone, my keys, my metrocard, the book I was reading just now.
I always run out of clean clothes because I forget/ procrastinate doing the laundry
I'm very good at creative writing but I suck at writing papers for the university, i just can't. all the information is there, and I can see the idea like a ball in my head, but the time i start writing it, all becomes a mess, and I don't know how to organize it. Then i freak out and I start doing ballet moves arround the desk. Or I make a tea, or I go to the store to buy more cookies, or go outside to talk to my roomates, etc etc etc.
I talk a lot, and I interrupt others
one worst things is that I kind of go away, like I can lie on my bed for 3 hours not sleeping just thinking but also not thinking, it is so weird! I remember my dad used to do the same he would wake up and sit on the border of the bed, he was not meditating he was just there.
I'm a procrastinator, and It is impossible for me to create habits, I have to remind myself to wash my teeth (and it takes a huge amount of will power to do it!) or clip my nails or even comb my hair.
I the worst part is when I become a wanderer. I wander through the city or the supermarket trying to remember what was I supposed to buy. And then I feel all confused and just look at things and I grab stuff to buy but then I don't buy it.
And my brain!!! It won't stop talking, it's like a word machine that keeps vomiting words! it starts as soon as I wake up and I cannot stop it!
I'm addicted to the internet, I think it is because it can follow my train of thought, LOL, I'm reading about bees so I think about the dancing bees so I look for dancing bees which reminds me of dancing and semantics so I look for that, and go back to the bees and I find an article about the bees and eviroment so I look into that, I read about the gaia theory and so I go back to semantics and run into the word I dont know so I look it up in the dictionary wich leads to the Word dynamo where I learn about new words in english I dindt know so I look for their meaning in spanish, and so go back to the gaia theory and find a blog who writes about the enviroment and capitalism and oil crisis, so I look into that. and that can go on for up to 6 hours a day.




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I suffer from lack of focus in general and serious procrastination. And irritability comes with the territory as well. I've always struggled to complete anything unless i HAD to. Completing High School was a must, so I got it done, but didn't excel, even though, i'm plenty smart enough. College, optional, I'm 35 and 30 credit hours under my belt, but I don't HAVE to finish so I likely won't. My work is the same. I never finish a project early, even if I have plenty of free time, I find something else to do, and wait until the last minute to put the finishing touches on. My organizational skills are non-existent. Since being medicated, I can definitly pull my focus together at work and at home, but I sometimes struggle to MAKE myself take the meds. And there is no reason for it. They don't bother me, and I appreciate not feeling under pressure, it will be 11 in the morning before I force myself to take it most days and tehre is no reason why. Frankly I wish there were a pill that lasted 24 hours...

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7/25/12 3:39 P

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I tend to do this more than the average person. I break my nails all of the time because I move before I have time to process consequences to my actions. I stabbed my hand with a knife as I was trying to separate two frozen sausage patties. As it was happening, my brain caught up and I was thinking "If this slips, I am going to... BAM! I jab my hand before the thought is finished...off to the hospital. This type of stuff happens all of the time to me! Frustrating.

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When you get older, your body naturally slows down. I'd have to think back to see what I did. I guess I tried not to fuss when I hit something with my body. My sister does this a lot. She cannot go into a room without a lot of stuff falling down around her.

It happens to her a lot when she is tired. Do you seem to notice that it happens more when you are tired?

If the mind mends, the body will follow.

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Anyone as clumsy/klutzy as me? I am a hyper-mobile, hyper-efficient/task orienter, who rushes through things (I'd rather take the time to live, think, do things well, & thoroughly!) and so I end up bruising or hitting or hurting myself! I thought it was my balance and vestibular or vision issues but it doesn't seem to be (now that I went through a balance screening and did tests). How do you deal with this?:)

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All the below emoticon It has taken me years and a lot of coffee to train myself to be for the most part with it. lol Which is in fact involved adding way more to my plate. The more I have to do the more I "line" things up in my head or make "lists" in my head which is helpful.
But still if some one moves something from where I left it I will forget it. Since it is off my mental check list any longer. ex: look at door for purse. purse was moved I looked at door saw nothing never thought of purse duh!!.
So I have to be moving or doing or making lists . Always thinking 3 steps ahead which helps me in my job but can be hard to be around at times to. Silence completely creeps me out lol

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You can go to a doc whose expertise is ADD. I don't think there is a specific test for it. They just ask about your history, etc to determine it. I was going to a doc who specializes in depression & ADD, as they sometimes go together. You may be able to find someone through the "therapist finder" in psychology today. You can google it.

Hope this helps. My life became very different (for the better) when I was diagnosed. I still struggle with it, but It explained a lot at least.

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Hello, my son has been diagnosed with ADHD, which has got me thinking maybe he inherited it from me...I have not been diagnosed but I have all the symptoms and I am tired of how things are. My boyfriend, who was ADD as a kid thinks I have it as well. How do I go about this? Do I schedule an appt with a therapist or go to my regular doctor first? Thanks!

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I do that too, but thankfully, my washer has a quick rinse cycle. I just put it on with some more downey to get the wrinkles out!

If the mind mends, the body will follow.

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I forget that I have washed clothes and need to put them in the dryer until the next day.
waste of water, soap and my husband gets so mad at me. he says I do it on purpose.

it does not get any better with age. I wish it would but it doesn't.



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It is good you got into a career that compliments your needs. I loved my job, and did really well at it, as I could find that one fact in a file that would change the whole analysis. I miss my job in some ways, and in other ways, not so much.

I notice microexpressions, too, along with body language, etc. :)

You are correct that some things are gifts. I have to take the good with the bad, as my mother always used to say.



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3/15/12 3:39 A

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BECCABOO, that 's interesting. When I was at university I went to the career center and took a really long computerized test (a big deal back then, it was 1983), it said "speech pathologist".
I work as an editor in an ESL environment, which is like speech pathology, I guess. It's been a great job for me because I do most of my work at home and set my own pace.

My ADD symptoms. I'm diagnosed ADHD-C, so I am inattentive and hyperactive. I think the hyperactivity is the main thing. Bu you know what, it's a positive thing for me. I appear to be about 10 years younger than I am and I am sure it is the Tigger in me :)) I am very much a "Look at that!" person, but I view this as a positive too as it makes me a better writer. I pick up on so many more details than the average person does and I notice micro-expressions on the faces of others, which gives me extra information about them...which they think I could only know if I were psychic...

I have a harder time with my Bipolar symptoms, the mood swings can be excruciating. I tend to view my ADHD symptoms as the fun part of me....even though I am very messy (but clean!), andit takes an enourmous amount of concentration to keep my computer desktop tidy. But it is. Always.



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Hi, I am 48 and was just diagnosed with ADD about one year ago. I lose my watches, pens, notebooks, and I have stacks of paper all over the place. At work, I hyper-focused on my job, and while I did very well for 14 years, I also suffered from burnout. I also found that I had an incredible intolerance to noise, and it didn't help that I worked in a very noisy workplace.

Stress and noise make my inattention worse.

I make lists to try to remember to get things done, but when I hyper-focus, I waste a lot of time.

I was put on Cymbalta to help with my nerve pain, and the resulting depression I got after having burned out. My doc also put me on Ritalin which has boosted the affect of the anti-depressant and has enabled me to not have such a cluttered mind.

If you are young, you may wish to pick a career that does not involve a noisy work environment! My counselor said I'd be good as a speech pathologist as my next career, as there would not be a lot of ambient noise.

I am glad I found this group, as I see myself in other people so much. I used to be quite irritable when I was younger.

If the mind mends, the body will follow.

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And I forgot to add impulse shopping. I always have some new project and I am buying stuff for it and it gets forgotten and the stuff lays around making clutter. I not only waste money and time, I create clutter! I have trouble purging things I don't use and I also constantly buying clothes even though I don't need anymore!

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**These are all symptoms when I am not on my meds**
Well to start I talk, a lot. More than I should about things that I shouldn't. I call it word vomit. It mostlty makes sense and is filtered, but not 100%. I tend to scare people away because of it. I am socially awkward 50% of the time and super savvy the other 50%. People who I meet on a good day (aka I am not talking a stream and I am focused, not interrupting and not talking on volume level 20) meet me on a bad day and stop calling.

The next thing that comes to mind is forgetting. I forget to take my pills, mostly that's the biggest issue. I used to have a routine, but I stopped it after I went off the concerta and now I am off my birth control (not a huge issue as I am single and well don't need them to prevent pregnancy or for anything else) and my multi vitamin. I am hoping to get back on both now that I am back on concerta but we will have to see. I also forget to bring my keys sometimes (3 neighbors have extras) but I have gotten better about remembering assignments, meetings, class times, etc. I think this improved with age as it was worse when I first got diagnosed at 13.

Then comes the spacing out. I can sit on my couch in my apartment and look at the walls for hours. It is not boring and I don't remember doing it. On the opposite end comes the hyper focus mode. In this mode I set out to do something and I do it, but it never applys to something I need to do. Mostly this involves planning out my apartment furniture and how much it would cost to change it or setting up elaborate eating plans to lose weight which I never follow through on. This I call my I never finish anything problem. I start 100 projects and never get them done. If it has a deadline and is important it mostly gets done in the 48 hours before in an alternation of hyper mode and spacing out. It is very annoying and one of the only symptoms I have not been able to reduce enough to tolerate with medication or therapy. My therapist said it might just be me that is like this and not be related to the ADD. I still don't believe her.

The last symptom also doesn't completely go away with medicine, but it tolerable and that is cleaning and tidiness. I am a slob, I am the first to admit it. But at least when I take the medicine I notice that my apartment is gross! If I get in this hyper focus mode, I don't clean for days and the dishes pile up and the clothes don't get folded, or well washed to begin with. Then I space out for a while and nothing gets done either. Every few days I get an hour or two of cleaning time where I am OK but by then I need a whole day and I never get one. I clean only before people come to visit and I try to avoid spontaneous get togethers at my place, even though I specifically moved here to have more space to entertain.

Lastly, I will say that the medicine, even Concerta at 54mg, does not even come close to making my symptoms go away. It dulls them, but I still talk a lot (as you can see, I even type a lot!), I am still messy, the forgetfulness is better, but not cured and I have my hyper focus/spacing out sessions, but they are shorter and less intense. I wish I could get on a better med to help these issues, but I have been told that most of them will never completely go away. I don't want to eliminate them actually, I just want to be more in control of them.



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5/5/11 11:10 A

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I forget all the time. I've gone almost 3 months without medication now because I keep forgetting to call to get my medication. My doctor is across town, closes during lunch hours, doesn't open on weekends and by the time I'm off work it's closed. I don't want to take off work to pick up my prescription, so my doctors office has to mail me the prescription. I come in for work at 8am and my doctors office doesn't open till 9. I focus so hard at work that I forget to call and before I know it another day is over and I've forgotten to call again. I'm fine at work, but my home has gone back into chaos and I'm getting too listless again. I'm considering signing up for Urban Active. My parents got a personal trainer there. You can have a personal trainer as many days a week as you want and workout on your own the rest. I think I need someone to kick my butt. If I've got someone to own up to maybe I have a better chance.

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forgetting to reorder my medicine on time is a pain because you only have a small window of time. Med has to be only 30 at a time and you must pick up the prescription at the dr office and sign for it, no phone to the pharmacy and no refills, not early.... ec. So when I forget till the drs. office is closed then it is a weekend, then I run out, then I am more forgetful so try to get thru and can't get it until later, etc.... so I lose another week of meds. That is where I am out this time around. Was supposed to renew Mar 18; now I have run out... Since i sometimes forget to take it I sometime have some on hand for if I forget one or two days or can't get through to the doctor;s office by phone. but when it is a whole week, by that time I've run out and it really shows.




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People CAN be cruel. I agree. And, in general, people don't like to be around others who are different from them. You know that in this team, you are not alone and you are understood. Maybe, if your insurance allow is, you could be tested for ADHD/ADD and get some help. I would. You deserve help and support. I hope today, Thanksgiving, is bringing you some peace and happiness by being with those you love.
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I have never been diagnosed with Attention Deficit though two of my sons have been. There is no doubt that they inherited it from me though - sometimes I feel like I am the definition of ADD and it scares me seeing the same characteristics in my children that I have struggle with all my life. I am so forgetful that I do not even dare get another set of prescription glasses but instead have many dollar store reading glasses laying all around and still struggle to find a pair often during the day. I take them off and lay them down without even realizing it like I do many other things. I cannot read a thing without them (strength is 2.75 now) so why am I so bad about taking care of them and losing them? People who genuinely love me call me ditsy and I hate it. I am terribly disorganized and I procrastinate horribly even on important things. Paper clutter is a major major problem in my housekeeping and finances.

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I've done that! emoticon

For me the biggest challenge my whole life (including childhood) with ADHD is PAPERS! emoticon I know that's part of this month challenge (clutter) and so far, i'm not doing well. I'm re-reading the book, "Organizing from the inside out" and I'm thinking of moving the living room furniture around to help me get motivated. emoticon

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I have done this on other occasions...did it again today. My inattention is apparent. I was unloading the dishwasher to put clean dishes away. I went to another task, out of the room...forgot that I had been unloading the dishwasher. Returned to the kitchen. I started putting dirty dishes in the dishwasher. It dawned on me...were the dishes in the dishwasher clean or dirty. Too much time had passed, I couldn't remember. Now I have to re-wash the dishes b/c I am really not sure which were dirty & which were clean. DUH emoticon

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Jes, reading your post was very reassuring to me. I am 45 years old and only discovered that I have ADD this year, when I met and fell in love with a man who has ADHD. He has the hyperactivity, whereas I don't. I had always wondered why I was the way I was; the great struggle to grasp and hold onto thoughts and ideas, living in my own little bubble, just floating along, overly passive, having to struggle through school just to squeak by with a C or a B, etc. Thanks for sharing.

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Wow! I'm new here and I can really relate to your post. I'm a mom & a teacher. My most troubling symptoms are the impulsivity (AKA foot in mouth) & forgetfulness. I'm on Adderall- it helps but I am still forgetful & constantly worry about pissing people of w/o knowing it. I tend not to filter my thoughts & say what comes to mind, so not good. It has cost me dearly in my career & in friendships. I'm also ADD, so people don't think I have a problem- because I'm not hyper & have developed a lot of ways to cope. Anyone know if any meds are more helpful with the impulsivity?

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My main problems with my ADHD is the disorganization and the lack of follow-through. I have problems with irritability as well, but have learned to give myself 'time-outs' when things get overwhelming. I can clean my house if someone is there to keep me focused, but if it's just me, I'll get distracted and do something like end up on SP instead of doing my dishes ;) When another adult is here, it's easier for me to act like an adult, but I don't have a husband or a boyfriend, and my friends and family have lives outside of helping me keep organized, and I can't afford a coach....any ideas?

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Many of your symptoms sound like me. If you feel that there is a possibility you have ADD and would like medication, go talk to a professional.

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Your guys' testaments have me in tears over here. For years, I have been living this way, unable to describe how my mind works to any of my loved ones.

Before I got married, I was "flighty" -- constantly getting into (fender bender) car accidents, losing keys and cell phones, driving places only to have forgotten important paperwork at home. Growing up, my bedroom was atrocious...a physical manifestation of my mind more than likely.

Now, the longer I am married, the more I see myself depending on my husband to take care of all those menial tasks that I could never keep track of before...

I am scared. I'm scared of dealing with bills or regular errands because I know I will somehow mess them up. Does this ring true for anyone else?

ADD has crossed my mind before, but without truly understanding what it is, I would just brush it off that I am just not disciplined enough, which still, may be the case. I don't know.

All I know is I came on this team's forum out of curiosity today, and now, I feel like it's time to see a doctor.


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I'm seeing a pattern here of adhd people all having anxiety issues and depression. I'm also forgetful, get mad at myself when I make dumb mistakes, feel like I'm "loosing it"etc.etc.

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omg! i swear, it sounds like i'm reading my own blog! lol, seriously though, i used to be rely bad before i was put on effexor xr. for anxiety attacks. am also on zoloft for ocd tendencies. all help alot! Especially the zoloft when it comes to pms. i am no longer the wicked witch of the west. i still have add tendencies however, but i find that if i slow down, stop, focus, and breath, it helps. i wish when i was in school they would have had known about a d d. i wouldn't of struggled as i had and probably wouldnt of had the low self esteem that i did. i remember actually questioning myself if i was one of those" special " people. and should of been put in the spec. ed class. maybe not, meds would of helped alot, things would definitely been alot different for me all around, even today. my 18 y.o daughter is a.d.d they put her on ritalin when she was in 1st grade,soon after she developed tourettes! she also suffers from ocd, my 4y o son is showing signs of ocd. i look @ my mom, she's ocd. my ex's mother was bipolar. and both his sisters are schitzofrenic in some way. watch your sugar and caffeine intake a couple hours before bed too. theres so much to know and learn. hope this helps a little.

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Biggest problems for me are forgetfulness, easily frustrated when things don't go well, procratination is a huge problem, and general disorganization, also spending money when I really don't need to, this is a form of impulsiveness for me, meds help with that, but I'm not on them right now. I have a general sense of uneasyness a lot, anxiety and also restlessness, I often can't sleep well.

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Yes. Yesterday morning I couldn't find the car keys and was just in hysterics! Besides being late for work, they're these newfangled keys and have to be bought at the dealer for loads of money & of course I couldn't afford to replace the clicker at $100+. Looked in my purse, took everything out of my purse: no. Looked in the pocket of the jeans I wore the day before: no. Looked on the kitchen table which is piled 3' high in newspapers, unopened mail & other crap: no. Now I'm in tears -- these are the only places I EVER leave them.

Eventually I wandered into my room, & there they were, on the dresser. Where I'd put them the night before, thinking I would certainly see them when I got dressed & reached for the deodorant which is also on the dresser. Wrong.

I need to learn to be more rigorous about routines, & always leaving things in the same place. My entire day was tweaked from the emotional hangover. I HATE living like this!

I do finally have an appointment with a doctor to find out about meds. $300 for the first visit, & how in the world will I ever afford that? Follow up visits are $125. But I don't think I have a choice -- if I don't get this ADD under some sort of control, my life is just going to get worse & worse. I don't think I can make any progress unless I get on some medication. So I'll just have to make the cat get a job so I can afford the doctor! LOL.

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I am so glad that someone understands. Unless you experience this crazy life, no one understands it. Even today I called the doctor to discuss one of my meds and had the bottle in my hand. When it was time to take the med, I couldn't find it. Finally found it but it was nowhere near where I should have put it. I keep my meds in a cabinet. I found the meds on top of the refrigerator. I certainly don't remember putting it there. UGH!!

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Me too Linda. I often find myself in tears because organization is so difficult for me, with the result that my life is in tatters and is at least twice as difficult as it is for "normies". I'm currently trying to find a doctor to get some medication -- and just praying that medication will help! I'm SO tired of living such a fraught life!

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I am 54....last night I sat down while on Facebook playing games. I became tearful at such a time I should be relaxing. It really HIT ME. All of these years things that come so easy to most people always have overwhelmed me. When I play the games for example there are times that I am overwhelmed with my lack of organization skills. I have realized that this problem is not only in the small task of playing games. But my house, my previous jobs....everything takes organization which I sometimes just cannot wrap my head around. My husband is such an organization freak and I am so lacking. It is very depressing.

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I managed for 48 years without being diagnosed or treated for ADD. I've always been forgetful, disorganized, procrastinated, didn't manage time or finish many tasks. I did well enough to get along. I made lists for important things. As hard as it is for me I make myself do important things right away instead of procrastinating as I'm prone to do.

Now my work in more demanding and my personal life more complex and too many things were slipping through the cracks. It was harder and harder for me to do a good job at work and the effort was wearing me out so much I was becoming an absent father and poor husband. It was its effect on my family life that prompted me to get help.

I come from a very stoic family that views taking medicine (even aspirin for a headache) as a weakness and moral failing. Sometimes I feel like I'm cheating taking medications and that I should be able to rely on my strength of character instead of chemicals. I had to get over my hangups but I did since I felt like the best things in my life were slipping away.

If the benefits outweight the risks and costs why not take medication for ADD?

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The forgetting to do things, where I put things, all of that is so aggravating!! Oh and I am so UNORGANIZED!!!! My desk at school is always in a state of emergency! emoticon




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I have refused medication, never taken any, and just muddle along without them. I feel my ADD shows itself in my restlessness and in how impulsive I am.
I also forget things and that really makes me mad. My poor husband had to tell me half a dozen times when to pick him up from work....and sometimes I still forget and have to call him. Grrrrrr.
I really don't like it when i forget an appointment. Stuff like this happens to me a lot. I can never find my keys, sunglasses, purse, sandals, or hairbrush. Very annoying.

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Quit my meds a while back. Sometimes I feel like I should try them again but since I don't work I really don't seen the need to go back. I think they all made me worse.If I'm feeling depressed I can usually snap out of it with the help of my husband. The inattention I live with b/c the Concerta's side effects were worse than trying to get focused.

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With my personality it is tough to say if the meds cause me to be more agitated. I go through periods of time when I am like that anyway. I do have a lot of anxiety and my doc said that is a symptom of ADD.

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Wondering if any of you are easily agitated even with medication? I have been having trouble with it for awhile. Told he doc and he gave me a script for Xanex. I have been in kind of funk off and on too. That could be my depression. Can't really explain it.




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I have a very hard time remembering phone #'s. I keep my husbands and kids written down and have to look to call them.

I like things clean and organized but can't seem to keep it that way. I leave the house with my hair and makeup nice everyday but you should see how I leave my bathroom vanity!

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I hear ya,Linda. I'm back home now and I got back for Raster,did Easter,for the family,cleaned up after Easter,My son had knee surgery,on Tuesday. He came back home yesterday,from NYC where he had the surgery. A bunch of his friends came over today to see him. I usually enjoy being around everybody but tonight it just got to be too much for me,so I left the gathering and went to bed and read a bit. Now I'm trying to settle my brain down so I can get some sleep.

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I noticed yesterday how aggravating it can be to concentrate. It has always been that way. Whenever I try to concentrate on something my head starts swimming with so many racing thoughts of different things. If I have the tv on it is completely out of the question that I can concentrate. Drives me crazy.

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Dancinggram I do the same thing. I am retired and procrastinate all the time!! I feel like I am a real slug sometimes because I want to get around to doing things and it takes me FOREVER to do them.

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No,I'm not eating all day,I never did eat right. I'm not usually up for breakfast,then I have to wait an hour before I can eat,after taking my thyroid medication. Then I'm not supposed to take Vitamins for 4 hours after that so I always forget to take my vitamins.

Lately I feel like I can't do anything. I'm retired and I have no motivation to do anything. I procrastinate and I can't concentrate and can't remember what I've just read. I'm hoping that when I get back home,to Upstate NY,from here in Fl,for the winter,I'll be back to a "normal" routine and snap out of what's going on here with me now.

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Okay guys not sure if this has anythingto do with ADHD/ADD, anyone been expremely hungry the last 2 weeks?
If I let myself I would eat ALL DAY LONG!!!!!!
Hmmmm. Could be the weather?
OH well have a good weekend all.
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I love the Sparkpeople....

takes care of all my listings.... right in one area
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my poor piles of lists have been feeling a bit left out lately.... teehee


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I also start tons of projects...but finishing them...NO!!

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I can completely relate to the piles and projects. Wish I had known all this long ago. Making up forms to use like lists on the computer is part of what I do. I have the ability, so I use it rather than handwriting all the time.

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piles and piles of piles
(and they are organized my way teehee)

LISTs of lists....

at least 8 journals...

allways jittery.... actually exercising has lowered my jitters... hmmm personal revelation there... something I will be documenting in one of my JOURNALs lol...

Allways got at least 5 projects going on at a time.... great at starting something... always full of new ideas.... it is the finishing I tend to have dificulties with.... (I just figured its cause I am an Aries... teehee)


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Me too. I couldn't concentrate at school. I read a book about after High School that mention symptoms that I had.



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Early in life I realized I was "different." When I was 54, someone suggested (for the first time) that I had ADD. I did not want to believe. emoticon
But.. I misplace my keys, cell phone, important papers, DAILY. I am so easily distracted. But then I can hyperfocus and become quite disoriented AND irritable when I am interrupted by someone while I am in that state.

I get irritable---ha ha. A gross understatement.
I forget things....important things.
I love to be creative. I am friendly and
But I have stacks of piles, and piles of stacks.
It is hard for me to finish anything.
And I procrastinate until the pressure is unbearable.
I always feel like I am wasting time if I am not busy.
At 57, I have to confess......I am. It is so wonderful to know that there are others like me out there.

I live in Thailand and work here. I basically have 2 jobs (teaching English at a university and being a missionary) , not married, and I stay busy. I have just started taking Ritalin 10 mg twice a day...breakfast lunch and only if I need it in the early evening. I had to search VERY hard for a psychiatrist here in Thailand who would help me. I dragged my shamed-faced self to two private psychiatrists, the psychiatric hospital psychiatrist, and one at the hospital where I work. All refused to prescribe a stimulant. They were more than willing to give me depressants, but not stimulants.
Finally, by the grace of God, last week --after 3 years of hunting--, I found a psychiatrist who would prescribe it for me. I am so grateful.


My immediate family is small and I receive a bit of support, but always from a distance.



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I am so glad I found this group. I went through the process to get diagnosed after backing into my husband's care twice within 6 months because my routine had changed just a bit. I had done a lot of reasearch becuase of my son who has been diagnosed with ADD. I have issues with extended focus which makes school difficult (I'm going back to school) I have trouble writing papers and paying attention to what I have read. I get very anxious and procrastinate, basically because I get very overwhelmed when I have A LOT on my plate. I am on ritalin 10 mg 3x a day. I work soo hard at remembering everything and keeping everything organized that I am usually exhausted. The simplier life is the better for me!! But unfortunately with 3 kids, 2 dogs, 1 husband and school for all 5 of us life gets very complicated and overwhelming.

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For my whole life I thought that I just had a terrible memory. I wrote lists after lists to remind myself of things. I made notebooks devoted to information that I thought I might need. Now I understand why people looked at me funny when I told them to write it down! They didn't realize that it was a must for me. There were many times when they didn't honor my request and got upset when I didn't remember what they had asked for. I just wish they would have understood.

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I too forget things constantly! Just this morning I had to write myself a note to call the pharmacist for my husband. I forget when bills are due!lol
I am always running late no matter how much time I give myself!!!
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Right on with the symptoms. As a registered nurse, it is often imperative that I don't forget to do things (which I do all the time). I found that I simply have to right EVERYTHING down right then and there. If not, there are just too many interesting things to ponder about totally unrelated to what needs to be done.

I have found that upper arms are an excellent source of communication. You can write on them, you have them with you at all times and if you forget to notice them because there is a pretty ladybird on the window sill, there is always some helpful soul who will comment about getting into trouble for writing on their arms! Thus reminding you that you have arms again! Hope this helps.
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Welcome new members!! emoticon

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Welcome to you.

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Hi. I'm new to this group - but you guys are totally speaking my language. I'm anxious 90% of the time, irritable, can't sit still, procrastinate and forget. I haven't been officially diagnosed yet - but I will be getting it done soon and then hopefully moving forward.

Going back where I came from...

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New to this group. Just found out about my ADD last month. My symptoms are a typical day. I went to an appointment, forgot a book there. Took prescriptions to the pharmacy, said it would be an hour. Went back and got the book. Came back to the pharmacy to find out one of the prescriptions couldn't be filled. Went back to the office where I had my appointment got a new prescription. This time they said it would be half an hour. Sat around waiting, used the blood pressure machine. Finally got all my prescriptions got all the way out to the truck and couldn't find my sunglasses (prescription). Of course I had left them on the blood pressure machine. I'm tired just typing this out much less when I was doing all these things.

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Oh, Lord the forgetfulness! I left my glasses in another teacher's room and for the life of me could not remember where they were! I cried! Had to send out an email at school to find them. I forget what I have said, cant pay bills on time, extreme irritability and agitation!! WHoa! I love this team! I do not have anyone close to me that has ADHD(an Adult) so it is so hard for them to understand!! Especially my poor husband! What it must be like to live with me! emoticon

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A lot of what everyone said rings true to me. Let's see if I can remember everything....I have the memory problem. Irritability is a problem for me. I've decided that there is no medication that will correct that (that I would be able to take anyway), so I'm working fiercely with my therapist to minimize.

Procrastination is TERRIBLE for me. It's frustrating because everything I put off is very doable, it's not like I'm putting things off due to difficulty. Being enrolled in grad school makes this ugly symptom very frustrating.

I used to be a bit more hyperactive, but inattentive issues are my problem now as an adult. Ironically, I can, at times, become over-focused. This is what has gotten through many school and work assignments.

Don't you feel like your life would be so much easier if you could just somehow control these symptoms? I just feel like it shouldn't be hard to correct my behavior, yet everyday is a struggle. So much time is wasted, so many opportunities lost simply due to not being able to follow through on tasks.

I look at some people, and they just make it seem so easy to go through the day and check off to-do lists.

I think I'm a fairly smart person, and everyone I've met that has ADHD seems to be smart and also talented, so why are the most basic life tasks so difficult to follow through on?

I also think that it is difficult for others to understand. ADHD is so ingrained in the media, but the media downplays the seriousness and true struggles that come up. I just don't think that "normal" people take it as a serious disorder.

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Good job! It is nice to know a little bit about you. Spark is great for us because of the structure. Ease into it until it serves you well. We are glad you joined us!

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Hi everyone!

Well, I'm 43 years old & I was diagnosed about 12 years ago. When I was a kid, I was hyper, impulsive and sometimes daydreamy. Now, I'm still pretty hyper (think energizer bunny on speed!) so I have to exercise a lot. I also get easily distracted and am easily overwhelmed & frustrated. I'm also easily bored; that is to say I don't stick with anything for very long. I tend to talk long, fast & loud, but a hard workout has an immediate effect on me physically. At work, I'm a ward clerk at a busy hospital, so you can imagine how crazy it can be! My MD said I couldn't do it when I got the job, but I've spent almost 4 years proving him wrong! How fun is that!!

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forgot where I put my glasses the other day, managed to forget a important paper for work and dropped one of my gloves on the way to the busstop. have so many pockets in my work uniform couldn't find my telephone in them to phone home lol...
Felt really ADHD challenged all day that day.. Made mewant to have a temper tantrum...

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I had low esteem about math. I thought I just couldn't do it and now unlearned that mentality.
I used to be very nice even when things were going wrong because I wasn't assertive and now I am assertive early on when something is wrong. I am a planner now. I used to be irritable and ruminate when overwhelmed and now I don't. (I even cried on the job) My brain works so much better now on meds and knowledge. I used to stare out the window when people talked because I couln't stay focused, I could be rude but fought against it. I have come a long way!


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Wow! When I read this: "It took me forever to get diagnosed with ADD. I am mostly aggitated and irritated and constantly stressed out because of all of the mental gymnastics my brain is trying to do. I get so overwhelmed with everything that I am constantly irritated. I also have the forgetfulness but I can deal with that IF I can get the agitation/irritation dealt with." I thought "How did she get those cameras in my head??"

I get EXTREMELY irritated & angry as an expression of being overwhelmed. Before meds, I overcommitted to things (double-scheduling), was extremely disorganized (If I don't see it, I don't have it! That is to say, I spread all the things I'm working on over every horizontal surface). I used to lose EVERYTHING, no matter how small, big, or significant.

I am the sweetest, kindest, most giving person I know ;) but I was once called "aggressively self interested at the expense of others." Because I was hyper-focused on something.

So many things in my life got instant clarification when I put it all together . . .

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Hi,

I have inattentive type of ADHD. this is typical for women in general.
I get distracted, like beauty and neatness, but easily leave things
cluttered and have to work hard to keep things civilized ;- )
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AspenHugger (love that name!),

My mom is about to turn sixty, and she went with me to the CHADD meeting we were talking about. It didn't really help her figure out what's the problem with her, but she picked up some literature and met some other women in her age range who were very helpful.

It's better late than never, right?

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I am very late to getting diagnosed with ADD -- I'm in my mid-60s. I couldn't figure out how I managed to get through the first most of my life without the ADD getting noticed. Seems it gets worse with age (& possibly with menopause). My worst symptoms are forgetfulness (which I didn't have previously) & time disorganization, & they are definitely worse, to the point of creating uproar all across my life. I also have temper outbursts & am sometimes irritable, but that's not my main problem.

I'm just learning how to cope -- finding a therapist & a coach, have some natural ADD medication coming through the mail. But I was so happy to learn (from a fellow ADD person) that the darned condition gets worse with age! That explained so much!

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I also remember being extremely irritable. I didn't know why....

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Thinking back, now that you mention it, YES! I used to be quite irritable! Interesting how the dots start to get connected when we share our experiences.

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It took me forever to get diagnosed with ADD. I am mostly aggitated and irritated and constantly stressed out because of all of the mental gymnastics my brain is trying to do. I get so overwhelmed with everything that I am constantly irritated. I also have the forgetfulness but I can deal with that IF I can get the aggitation/irritation dealt with.

Anyone else constantly irritated?



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I find reseachering ADD has helped me to understand the condition better. s of nI still have the problem of not focusing, and forgetting. I also have the problem of procrastinating that drives me crazy.

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Linda, I gave this some thought before responding, and I think I'm the same as you: formerly way too impulsive, and occasionally still that way, but now more forgetful. I don't know if it's age-related - I'm 37 - but maybe it's due to my learning about ADHD and how to help myself behave in a more socially acceptable way! OR maybe the forgetfulness was always there but I didn't realize it because I was bouncing around soooo much.

I feel that treating my ADHD is like peeling the layers off an onion - a tired old analogy, but a true one. I learn how to manage or treat one symptom, and find another one just beneath that.

As for tips to share... I stay in touch with my doctor and have built a trusting relationship with him, and feel he really KNOWS me and GETS me. That helps when I have medication questions or my meds seem to have stopped being effective for me. He also suggests things for me, such as going to a CHADD support group, which was helpful.

Another thing I do is read books (on occasion) that deal with *adult* ADHD.

More often, I read magazines about the disorder. I get "Attention" magazine from CHADD, and "Additude" which can be found on amazon.com. (If you are interested in these, be aware that sometimes they do have child-centered articles, but it doesn't deter me from learning.)

I try to get plenty of sleep so I'm not agitated/jittery from lack of sleep on TOP of my jitters from ADHD! I do still have diet soda sometimes, but not too much in one day because of the caffeine jitters.

And finally (for now!), something a lot of us on SparkPeople KNOW we need but still seem to resist, I make sure to exercise and get SOME kind of movement every day, even just a ten minute walk with my dog on super-busy days.

I hope my techniques are helpful to others! I look forward to hearing your ideas as well.

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Do you feel that you are more the restless type of ADD sufferer, or impulsive - do you completely forget tasks? I was more impulsive when I was younger but now more forgetful of tasks or what needs to be done. Any tips that anyone can share would help us all? How do you get through life with ADD?

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