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Anyone Else Out There? Age 62 Just Found Out


I’m new to this group…..was prescribed with Ritalin when I was about age 12…..then for years never any treatment….I’m age 62 now, and I just realized that I have the symptoms of adult ADD. I got a couple of books on it and it seems right on….have not been officially diagnosed and do not want to take meds.

I would rather rely on the books suggestions on how to live with it…focusing on the positives, while being aware of the challenges. (The book I really like is The Gift of ADD - How to Transform Your Challenges and Build on Your Strengths by Lara Honos-Webb.

I joined this group just to see if there is anyone else out there who is in my age range and ideas for how to thrive with it.

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I’m not 62 yet; I’m 56. Nobody diagnosed any of my issues when I was young. I was diagnosed about ten years ago, when I was 46. Then a couple of years went by (long story) and then I tried three different medications with no results at all. After several years without insurance, I now have Medicaid (another long story). I have co-morbid Nonverbal Learning Disorder, which has a confusing name because it means I have issues on the nonverbal side of my IQ. I am quite verbal. l also have a some sensory processing issues “and what not.”

I find that what works for me is planning for hyperfocus, which can be a major gift if I use it well. The other necessary element is reminders of appointments and tasks. In my personal case, it’s very important that the reminders make sounds; I cannot remember to look at a paper planner. I can remember to enter most items but then I never, ever remember to check it when that might be handy.

I enjoy the resourcefulness and broad range of interests than I think come from this, and I make friends with those who “click” with this style of thinking, many of whom share the ADD/ADHD issues. All in all, this is a gift once a person learns to use it well.

Posted by foothillbilly on Feb 10, 2014 at 12:44am

First off if you don’t feel you want medication but yet are searching for tips my feeling is your feeling unwell. I was diagnosed and fought medication back a year ago after being misdiagnosed for over 22 years prior I wanted NO more pills. And yet the order and calm that, that one pill gave my tired brain is worth seriously considering. The thing with meds also is you don’t have to keep taking it if it doesn’t work. Why people think once you swallow one pill you lose all ability to then stop if you need it is your body.

Posted by Katharine Silvia on Feb 10, 2014 at 3:19am

I’m 63 now but was 62 when I found out I have ADD.  Both my children have ADHD< and my sister’s kids as well.  I self diagnosed, and my psychologist agreed with me.
I briefly tried Ritilin, but it gave me headaches. I do take a SSRI daily. My doctor told me an extra cup of coffee in the morning would help me focus at work.
For me, the hardest part of having ADD is coping with my own moods of anxiety and feeling down.
I think ADD also causes some social issues for me, although my doc pointed out that the social positives of ADD are my enthusiasm, passion, and varied interests. These are traits that people and friends like about me.

Posted by shadowpoint on Feb 10, 2014 at 10:45pm

I am 58 and was diagnosed at 56.  I found reading books on the subject helpful, as well as books on organization.  However, I don,t believe I would have made as many changes as I did if it wasn,t for Concerta.  I don,t take every day, just when I know I have to get a lot done, either at work or in the home.  For me, being able to hyper focus is the best part of add.  I believe it has also given me the ability to be empathetic with others, and the willingness to try new things.  The rest gets in the way of living well, and that,s where Concerta helps.

Posted by smbluerose on Feb 10, 2014 at 11:58pm

I am 55 yr man that was diagnosed about 11/2 years ago with Adhd /ocd combinded I have lived with this all my life and had lots of issues with life did not feel like I belonged with anyone because people could not get along with anyone I sort of went into a very depressive state when my Dad Died in 2006 and then when my ex left it was worse they put me on adderal and fluoxetine to help me start to focus on things but I have a long way to go I live by myself and to be honest like it that way I don’t like to ask for help either

Posted by Lurch on Feb 12, 2014 at 4:34am

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