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I’m 56 and have never been diagnosed but have long suspected that I have ADHD. Too many years of piles of papers, disorganization, forgetfulness, distractabality, feeling overwhelmed, impulsive purchases, getting lost everywhere I go when I’m driving, and so much more. To make an incredibly long story short I just quit my independent contractor job that i’ve had for 1 year because of constant criticism from my boss. My stress level there had been growing to where I was taking handfuls of herbs and vitamins to combat anxiety, memory loss, etc and I felt like I was about to have a nervous breakdown. Needless to say I need a job but my confidence level is so low after feeling like I’ve been beat down at this job. Where can an adult with no insurance, and a husband on disability go where I can find out what’s wrong with me?

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Hi Shydi,

If you had the resources then a psychological assessment or a psychiatrist’s diagnosis would work to help you find out what’s wrong. But you can make it way easier than that by going online and take this free and simple test. http://www.coulditbeadhd.ca/
This will not be proof positive but if it indicates that ADHD should be considered you can then do the things that folks with ADHD do to deal with impulsivity, hyperactivity, distractibility etc.
Developing ways to be better organized will not hurt. Developing protocols to manage impulsivity won’t hurt. And this approach will assist you until an opportunity for a thorough assessment comes along.
If ADHD is likely you can buy (it’s cheap) Delivered From Distraction. This will be a great resource and will guide you through several strategies which will be useful whether or not you have a particular diagnosis.
There are lots of great books but that’s the only one you will need.

Posted by John Tucker, PhD, ACG. ADHD Coach on Nov 05, 2013 at 6:52pm

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