Terminology: "ADD" became part of "ADHD" with the DSM-IV (we are now up to V).
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I think it would depend on what you’re putting into the device. If you’re uncertain, check with your pharmacist what things are okay to use while your Concerta is active.
I have noticed a few symptoms that I have. My mom said about 2 years ago “Maybe you have ADD, we might have to get that checked out”, but we never did. So I was rethinking it, and was wondering if you suggest asking my mom to get assessed. Here’s some symptoms I’ve noticed I have:
Please reply to this as soon as you can, thank you so much
[It does sound like you may have Inattentive type. It’s worth talking to your mom and asking her if you could be assessed. Our “parents” tag has some suggestions, like talking about your symptoms without mentioning ADHD and just asking if you can get assessed to see if it’s something that can be treated.
I don’t think so. I think neurotypical people are more likely to be cis (I saw some information on that once a while ago), but I don’t think that having ADHD really affects your gender identity; it’s more of a correlation than a causation, if that makes sense to you.
The DSM-5 (the manual used to diagnose disorders in North America) has changed the age requirement to 12 years of age.
The criteria state that some symptoms must be in evidence (and cause impairment) prior to that age, but full expression (i.e., all of the symptoms that qualify you for diagnosis) must be displayed for at least six months. So you could show a few signs before age 12 and then at 15 find that you actually meet the diagnostic criteria, as long as you’ve had the symptoms for at least six months in a row.
Most of the criteria is the same from the DSM-IV to now, but there are a few changes including modifications to indicate how certain symptoms often present in teens and adults as opposed to children.
We have the DSM-IV criteria in a post linked from the Popular Questions and Posts page.
(2 of 2) anything creative just kept my mind working on overdrive. So I did something I had never really done before, and it freaked me out a bit. I started plucking at the hairs on my legs, and continued for what was probably an hour until the “overdrive” feeling went away (or the meds finally kicked in - who knows). I have a weighted blanket and that’s usually enough, but I am wondering if you have any strategies for when I’m in high gear like that and can’t get my mind to calm down :(((
Honestly, when I get supercharged like that I just start writing down all my ideas even though I don’t know if I’ll get to use them. Then if I do get to use them I’ve got a list, and if I don’t at least I got it out of my system.
You might look at the Coping Skills Toolbox that we reblogged a while ago. Some of the tips there might be helpful in this kind of situation, as well.
Followers, how do you deal with this?
Pfft. I hyperfocus on the Internet. I can also just procrastinate on the computer and not get anything done except Tumblr.
Also, ADHDers can focus for a long time on things, it’s just that we haven’t got a lot of control over what we focus on.
I am so sick of seeing posts that are just ADHD joke memes. Stop. Here I am trying to connect with other people that have ADHD/ADD and all I can find are posts that are like, “OH LOOK A SQUIRREL!”
That is not what ADHD is.
That is not what ADHD is
That is not what ADHD is.
(c) the thing is that I find school really hard, & I find it so difficult to get organised and to concentrate - but I am very anxious of the consequences if I don’t, so I end up working for ages to get things done or getting very emotional over things like homework. A lot of people seem to think I’m doing fine at school but I have to do a lot of extra work to catch up because I just miss things & its really hard. I don’t know if I have ADHD or not but I was just hoping for a second opinion
It’s hard to know because anxiety disorders can have symptoms similar to ADHD. It is a possibility, though; lots of people have both anxiety disorders and ADHD.
Memorization is hard work, and ADHDers have a particularly difficult time with it. But for some reason, when we’re learning things just for fun, it’s a lot easier to remember them.
So I don’t think it’s just you. Not by a long shot.
Followers, who among you has this to deal with?
I got this three hours after you sent it and I’m responding right away.
First, you need sleep more than you need to finish this project. So do that. Sleep is important and you really won’t do much good by worrying instead.
Talk to your lecturer and ask for an extension. Tell them that it’s not finished and you need a few more days to have it ready. You don’t have to say that you’ve barely started or anything like that. Even if it’s just until Monday morning, that will give you a few days to get it sorted out. If the extension is refused, which it may well be, turn in what you’ve done and at least you won’t get a 0.
If you get the extension:
This will get you through the current situation.
Anxiety about getting work done often stems from perfectionism, which also causes procrastination a lot of the time. Speaking as a perfectionist, what needs to happen is basically that you need to learn to be okay with “good enough” instead of “perfect.” Remind yourself that nothing can ever be truly perfect, and that even experts often satisfy themselves with “good enough.” There is always a margin for error. Different professions have smaller margins than others, but in general there are mistakes you can make without it being a huge disaster. (You might enjoy perfectionistpolarbear if you haven’t seen it yet.)
General organization requires a planner (that you take with you everywhere and check regularly) and a system for time management that works for you. I can give you some basic tips, but you have to figure out what will work (generally through trial and error).
So, basic tips:
I hope this is helpful as a starting place. A great book for time management is Julie Morgenstern’s Time Management from the Inside Out. It’s not written for ADHDers, but her methods are really customizable and you can easily adapt her suggestions to suit you and your life.