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For yrs I have always been told I am a very patient person…..the last 2 yrs I am NOT patient WHATSOEVER!!!!!!!
My adrenaline starts to boil waiting in traffic…..I try to trigger the lights by going over line….adrenaline starts when waiting in lines…..if someone is making JUST ALITTLE bit of noise I start getting VERY angry….when I hear a car alarm going off or fire truck/ambulance going by I just about lose it…..if someone/something is moving to slow I panic….my adrenaline starts in and I start trying to move things along…..anyone that knew me a few yrs ago would not know me now.waive gotten fired from 2 jobs in the last 2 yrs becuz of these symptoms!!!!!!!  ......sometimes when iam driving I cant wait to get home….off the road becuz of my adrenaline…..once home I feel safe and feel everyone else is safe….. I never use to be like this…...diagnosed 3 yrs ago with “classic signs of ADHD”......any thoughts people?????

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I’m no expert but I think it sounds more like anxiety than ADHD. And I know that being ADHD can also make you more emotional - quick to get angry.  Maybe ask your doctor about anxiety.

Posted by staypositive on Jul 15, 2014 at 12:18am

I have have a similar experience. I was diagnosed about 3 yrs ago but about 3 yrs prior to that I noticed those very same things with myself. I felt like it was the beginning of a mental/personality transformation and began searching everywhere for someone to explain it to me. I did learn that I have always been like this but I was able to handle it for the most part possibly because of my prior career being more physical, active, and hands on. I moved into a career that is complete opposite, a desk job. And was a single parent of 3 boys at the time for 10 yrs. I guess it was the added stress and due to degenerative joint disease in my knees phys act is out of the question.

Posted by wesleyutwood on Jul 15, 2014 at 2:19pm

It does sound like you could be dealing with anxiety @joani. Anxiety can manifest in many different ways, including irritability and anger. Take this online quiz to see if you possibly have anxiety: http://www.additudemag.com/quiz/5/.

Ultimately, you should talk to your doctor about what you are experiencing. There are things you can do to help yourself with stress and anxiety too (http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/678.html).

Penny
ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Jul 15, 2014 at 3:37pm

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