A Conversation for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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Post 1

NanoAnalyzer

Help and reassurance from a very personal perspective is here if you want it. I've done a lot of research about it, my son has it, and at age 40 I found out I have it. I don't know how I survived the first four decades of my life without medication!

It can take me a few days to respond, but I always will.


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Post 2

Mina

How were you diagnosed?


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Post 3

NanoAnalyzer

I was the General Manager of a large family restaurant at the time of my diagnasis. One of the cooks was frequently laughing at my behaviors (eg. I was constantly asking where my coffe cup had gone). He eventually told me that I was the personification of ADHD and gave me the name of a doctor who specialzed in Adult ADHD. It was an easy diagnosis. The rest is history.


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Post 4

Mina

My son has ADHD, and we share a great many of the symptoms that he was diagnosed for - although my attention span is now longer than his, because I've had to learn to concentrate. Sort of...

What did they do to diagnose you?


ADHD-N...A....Dr. visit

Post 5

NanoAnalyzer

The first visit to the Doc took about 45 minutes and was primarily a question/answer session. As time wore on it turned into mostly talk from me. I am a textbook example of ADHD and 40 years of unmedicated coping "skills". Beware of anyone who believes you grow out of it. Adult ADD/ADHD is real. There are some Phd.s in the fields of cooperative learning and education/behavior who do a great disservice to those of us with ADHD by asserting that it doesn't exist. I take Ritalin (40mg every 4 hours) unless I am alone and have nothing to do (I tend to lack the motivation to start anything) or am looking for a major, relationship-ending, high intensity, high volume, utterly disasterous arguement with my wife over something trivial. Since that is the LAST thing I want to happen, I take my meds. [I was married for 5 years before I started meds. A week later I forgot to take the pills and later decided that I'd made it 40 years without them so I didn't take them for the rest of the day. The next morning, I apologized. She told me if I ever intentionally skipped my medication again it would be the last time she'd be there when I came home. We had been married for 5 years by that time and we had a good relationship despite my sporadic "irrational" behaviors. Her comment was "True, but I did not know that I didn't have to put up that bull twaddle!" (She didn't actually say "twaddle")]

I could fill the next several hours writing, but it would get tedious for anyone reading, so I'll stop here.


ADHD-N...A....Dr. visit

Post 6

Nik

Hello, I know this is a late one but we think my son has ADHD and also dyslexia (I have it so I know the signs) and we are wondering if you know of any good testers for ADHD. We watch a program on ADHD (sorry can't remember its title) but it gave no ref to the tester/s. We think it would be a good thing to get him checked out and see what to do from there.

Cheers
Nik


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Post 7

Mina

Your best bet is to go to your gp and ask for a referral.


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