View Full Version : ADHD, it all makes sense now..


FragileRubix
07-28-13, 07:24 PM
This is going to be a relatively long post so bear with me now...

These last few months have been sh*t for me, ranging from relationship problems to overall procrastination and a severe drop in my GPA. I've then began to speculate if my tendencies were due to ADHD.

In my first semester in college I was having difficulties adjusting to the new environment and an acquaintance recommended I gave adderall a try. When I first took this pill, my life changed for the better. It was a million times easier to focus on school work, I was able to acquire a girlfriend (she was my longest relationship) and I was able to start a club. This was when I was regularly taking adderall (about 3 times a week.)

Second semester begins and I decided that I didn't need to rely on stimulants to succeed... Boy was I wrong. My girlfriend broke up with me for God know why, I haven't been able to do anything with my club, as of right now we aren't permanently recognized due to the fact that I waited so long to take action. My GPA dropped from a 3.7 to a 2.1. I feel absolutely devistated from this.

This is when I started suspecting I had ADHD... It started to make sense, looking back at all of my report cards from school I would always get "too distracted" or "would perform better if focused". My parents would always physically punish me because of these tendencies which to a great deal effected me mentally. I also remember that when I was in fifth grade my teacher had me sit all alone for the whole school year due to the fact I was such a nuissance. I guess the only reason I haven't been diagnosed is because my mother is very conservative and doesn't believe in ADHD.

Now that I'm actually coming into terms with my disorder, I informed my family about it and they told me it's all in my head. That if I had ADHD it would've been spotted when I was a child. But the fact of the matter is that I never went to a mental doctor, only doctors that evaluated my physical health.

My tendencies:
-I get distracted way to easily
-I cannot stay in a certain spot for too long
-I have to multi-task
-I can't take tests well, I always doodle somewhere on the sheet
-I like to be busy
-I tend to forget important things

Fun Fact: I even get distracted while watching porn! I have to open up different tabs while I'm in the act.

FragileRubix
07-28-13, 07:55 PM
Wow I forgot to ask the question...

Do you guys thing I have ADHD?

The social worker I went to says this is all normal for my age and kept asking me "What do I want to do about it?"

Canadian Mess
07-28-13, 10:25 PM
Now that I'm actually coming into terms with my disorder, I informed my family about it and they told me it's all in my head. That if I had ADHD it would've been spotted when I was a child. .

That's a lie, the whole "if you had ADHD it would've been spotted when you were a kid."

If you have ADHD now, yes you would have had to have it as a kid, but NO that doesn't mean it would've been NOTICED by someone who knew what ADHD was and have you evaluated.

Your doctor is playing on a stereotype that ADHD kids act up like crazy, you know the whole pulling girl's pony tails, getting sent to the halls, bratty ADHD kid stereotype.

If you grow up somewhere where people don't know about ADHD, or are very conservative or don't like to see doctors unless you are dying and deny ANYTHING could be wrong with you... then it's pretty easy to not "notice" ADHD. There's also something called "inattentive ADHD" meaning it's less on the hyperactive side and more on the space cadet side.

I'm calling BS on your doctor, you need to go see a physciatrist, not a general practitioner. Bring your report cards- mine were littered in comments about not paying attention, not focusing and acting up.

Just for the record, I'm a 21 year old girl and even though no one "noticed it", ADHD still here. I didn't "grow out of it and start acting my age". Sucks huh?

FragileRubix
07-29-13, 12:18 AM
If you grow up somewhere where people don't know about ADHD, or are very conservative or don't like to see doctors unless you are dying and deny ANYTHING could be wrong with you... then it's pretty easy to not "notice" ADHD. There's also something called "inattentive ADHD" meaning it's less on the hyperactive side and more on the space cadet side.

I'm calling BS on your doctor, you need to go see a physciatrist, not a general practitioner. Bring your report cards- mine were littered in comments about not paying attention, not focusing and acting up.



I'm actually planning on seeing a psychiatrist later this week. Do elementary schools keep records of their students long after they graduate? I might just have to go to my high school to get my report cards. I think I now realize what all of the "disruptive in class" comments were gearing towards: My undiagnosed ADHD.

Last Friday I took a life insurance exam, 110 questions to be exact. By the 25th question my mind was racing rapidly. I started doodling on the scrap paper they gave to me (I went into a lot of details with those drawings too.)
It was so embarrassing when the I failed and the examiners asked for my scrap paper, they laughed when they saw what I was doing in there :(

Fun Fact: I actually watched the new Wolverine movie yesterday, boy could I not sit still! It was such a hassle trying to stay in that seat for 2 long hours!!!

Bespectacled
07-29-13, 01:38 AM
This is going to be a relatively long post so bear with me now...

These last few months have been sh*t for me, ranging from relationship problems to overall procrastination and a severe drop in my GPA. I've then began to speculate if my tendencies were due to ADHD.

In my first semester in college I was having difficulties adjusting to the new environment and an acquaintance recommended I gave adderall a try. When I first took this pill, my life changed for the better. It was a million times easier to focus on school work, I was able to acquire a girlfriend (she was my longest relationship) and I was able to start a club. This was when I was regularly taking adderall (about 3 times a week.)

Second semester begins and I decided that I didn't need to rely on stimulants to succeed... Boy was I wrong. My girlfriend broke up with me for God know why, I haven't been able to do anything with my club, as of right now we aren't permanently recognized due to the fact that I waited so long to take action. My GPA dropped from a 3.7 to a 2.1. I feel absolutely devistated from this.

This is when I started suspecting I had ADHD... It started to make sense, looking back at all of my report cards from school I would always get "too distracted" or "would perform better if focused". My parents would always physically punish me because of these tendencies which to a great deal effected me mentally. I also remember that when I was in fifth grade my teacher had me sit all alone for the whole school year due to the fact I was such a nuissance. I guess the only reason I haven't been diagnosed is because my mother is very conservative and doesn't believe in ADHD.

Now that I'm actually coming into terms with my disorder, I informed my family about it and they told me it's all in my head. That if I had ADHD it would've been spotted when I was a child. But the fact of the matter is that I never went to a mental doctor, only doctors that evaluated my physical health.

My tendencies:
-I get distracted way to easily
-I cannot stay in a certain spot for too long
-I have to multi-task
-I can't take tests well, I always doodle somewhere on the sheet
-I like to be busy
-I tend to forget important things

Fun Fact: I even get distracted while watching porn! I have to open up different tabs while I'm in the act.

I know how you feel, I'm kind of in the same boat that you're in. My mom is a nurse and thinks that due to her experience with ADHD(experience which I'm pretty sure she doesn't have as she's not able to give one example of a patient she's met with ADHD) that I don't have it when I'm relatively sure that I do. So much to the point that my mom had to fight to get my hyperactive/odd behavior off my permanent record...

FragileRubix
07-29-13, 02:05 AM
I feel as if my life is so much more manageable whilst taking medications, I can do everything I've always wanted to do. I always have a bad habit of picking up hobbies, doing it for a few weeks, and giving up on it.
-Boxing
-Drums
-Rubix Cubes
-Reading a Chemistry Textbook
-Learning Russian
-Running track and field (I was actually the captain in my school's team too)

I always give up on these things due to the fact that I just can't focus on them. I'm currently taking up the violin (which I impulsively bought the other day) and I'm teaching myself Japanese.

Should I tell the psychiatrist that I've taken adderall before and how it benefited my life this much? (Well, up to the point where I decided to drop them, then it went to sh*t)

Canadian Mess
07-29-13, 08:22 AM
Even though you are a teenager, I think you would get better advice if you had it moved by moderators to the "Adult Diagnosis & Treatment" section of this forum.

The teenager hangout section doesn't have much activity... a few teenagers post in the adult ADHD places as a result.

I am not sure about telling about taking the meds in case the physciatrist thinks you are there for pills.... but for the report cards, we had paper records that were from grades primary to grade 6. Do you think you have your report cards in your house?

If not, maybe seeing one of your teachers from elementary or high school that remembers you and knows what you were like.

The reason I suggested that is because in order to be diagnosed with ADHD, it needs have been present in your childhood (DSM 5 says age 12 or something), in two or more settings and must be dehabilitating. If your mom is in denial, report cards with teacher's comments on them (or a teacher's memory) is a Godsend.