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Diagnosis of ADHD as an adult


Hi I am new to this site.  I am 42 and did a study for a course I was doing at work on ADHD. It was to understand it better to support students. To be honest I didn’t know much about it.  When I started to read up on it I thought “oh my goodness. I think I have this”

I have had a nightmare at work, feel overwhelmed, can’t focus, always busy but never seem to get the job done and feel in chaos.

I thought I was just forgetting stuff because I have such a busy job but it seems like the busy chaotic job has triggered it.

I would welcome your thoughts.  A few people have looked awkward around me when I say funny things in serious intense settings. I just can’t help it, I hate intense pretentious atmospheres.  It seems to have gotten worse since I gave up smoking too. 

I would appreciate your thoughts as Dr isn’t so helpful.

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Sounds like a possibility.  I have been known to say funny things in serious settings too - I realize they might be out of place after I’ve said them.  In those circumstances two things are going on. My intake filters aren’t working well so I see connections other people don’t because they are only focusing on the “important” and “relevant’ things where I’m noticing ... well… whatever comes up.  The other thing is that my discharge filters aren’t working well, so I fail to fully hone in on the fact that at that moment, there is only one “appropriate” tone of what’s going on around me. I might be experiencing more than one event: funeral AND kid doing something funny in the back of a parlor while everybody else’s mental state is simply “at a funeral”. Doesn’t mean I didn’t care about the subject of the funeral - to me the kid doing the cute thing is something completely unrelated - just in the same room - at the same time - as a funeral. Coincidence.  Sometimes people have ADD symptoms when they just are overwhelmed and chronically tired - or have anxiety ... or another medical problem. You need a good evaluation to rule out those other things before you get a label.

Posted by Juggler on Dec 14, 2013 at 12:30am

As someone who went through this about a two years ago, I will say that going through the process of diagnosis—it was much more complex than a few interviews—was both enlightening and, strangely, encouraging.

Posted by Greg_Bearringer on Dec 17, 2013 at 3:54pm

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