View Full Version : I might have adhd. what do i do?


lvp1992
12-10-13, 01:53 PM
I'm 21 and currently in my 4th year of university. This is supposed to be my last year but I've failed so many classes that I have at least another year to go. I find it extremely difficult to concentrate on any task, my mind wanders so easily. I procrastinate so much, to the point that I begin assignments the day it's due, or I get close to the deadline and realize I won't be able to finish it, and so I don't even hand anything in. I can barely study for exams because I can't focus. I initially wanted to get into teacher's college but I don't have the marks for it now. Sometimes, I have a burst of energy when I try to take on multiple tasks, but almost immediately I regret that decision because I know I will never finish anything on time. I've had several anxiety attacks in the past few years. Right now I don't know what to do.

And to make matters worse, I've been going through a lot of difficulties and stress with my parents. They think I'm being lazy and defiant, and they aren't likely to believe that I may have adhd. How do I go about this situation? If any of you have adhd, I'd appreciate some advice about how to deal with the symptoms, so I can still go on with my life and be successful

emile68
12-14-13, 03:39 AM
I'm 21 and currently in my 4th year of university. This is supposed to be my last year but I've failed so many classes that I have at least another year to go. I find it extremely difficult to concentrate on any task, my mind wanders so easily. I procrastinate so much, to the point that I begin assignments the day it's due, or I get close to the deadline and realize I won't be able to finish it, and so I don't even hand anything in. I can barely study for exams because I can't focus. I initially wanted to get into teacher's college but I don't have the marks for it now. Sometimes, I have a burst of energy when I try to take on multiple tasks, but almost immediately I regret that decision because I know I will never finish anything on time. I've had several anxiety attacks in the past few years. Right now I don't know what to do.

And to make matters worse, I've been going through a lot of difficulties and stress with my parents. They think I'm being lazy and defiant, and they aren't likely to believe that I may have adhd. How do I go about this situation? If any of you have adhd, I'd appreciate some advice about how to deal with the symptoms, so I can still go on with my life and be successful

Hello! I'm a college student as well! If you look through my submission history, you'd see that I experienced some of what you went through. I was given wonderful advice by the people on this site and my life has changed for the better.

I believed that I had ADHD and long story short, was diagnosed with it at the beginning of this semester. With my treatment plan and adderall, I'm a lot better and I'm a much better student. I failed a class before I knew that i had ADHD. I retook that same class, and got an A. I told my old professor about my ADHD diagnosis and my new grade (we still keep in touch) and he stood up and gave me high five with such enthusiasm. I know that you're having stress with your parents, I can totally relate to that. But I have a question? Why do you have to explain your possible ADHD diagnosis to your parents? You're a senior in college and if they're going to berate you about it and deem you lazy (if you have ADHD, you're not. It's just how our brain works) then I don't see why you have to tell them. The only people who know of my diagnosis are my close friends and about three other people.

Go get tested as soon as you can. I'm a pre-med student and I'm going to be able to explain my original failed class because I have an actual diagnosis of ADHD (and depression). If I go into an interview and say, "Well, I think that I had ADHD so that's why I did crappy that year", that would look bad. But I don't have to do that with an official diagnosis. Everything will be okay, just update us :)

sarahsweets
12-14-13, 08:41 AM
There are no tests for adhd.

emile68
12-14-13, 04:48 PM
There are no tests for adhd.

Not true. There are multiple assessments for ADHD. Psychiatrists often base a diagnosis of ADHD from the guidelines that the American Psychiatric Association sets. The criteria comes from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders which we know as the DSM-5. I had to take a psych course on this because the new MCAT is having psychology on it to make all future doctors aware of this, among other other things.

When the average layman think of "tests", they think of something that may involve pencil and paper. It is not only that. It is any sort of procedure that reduces a result. If OP talks to her psychiatrist and that conversation leads to a diagnosis, that is a test in the medical world. I know that you're trying to help, but saying that there is no test for ADHD not only spreads misinformation, but it undermines what ADHD really is, and leads to an invalidation of what ADHD'ers struggle with. If there is no test for a disorder, then scientifically it cannot exist. Because we know that ADHD is real, and has been validated by the appropriate medical fields, then tests for it exists.

OP, get tested.

Daydreamin22
12-14-13, 05:14 PM
Stick around, that’s what you do. :)

sarahsweets
12-14-13, 07:14 PM
No this is not misinformation. There are many types of evaluations that can be done to rule out other comorbid disorders but there are NO tests of any kind for adhd.





Not true. There are multiple assessments for ADHD. Psychiatrists often base a diagnosis of ADHD from the guidelines that the American Psychiatric Association sets. The criteria comes from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders which we know as the DSM-5. I had to take a psych course on this because the new MCAT is having psychology on it to make all future doctors aware of this, among other other things.

When the average layman think of "tests", they think of something that may involve pencil and paper. It is not only that. It is any sort of procedure that reduces a result. If OP talks to her psychiatrist and that conversation leads to a diagnosis, that is a test in the medical world. I know that you're trying to help, but saying that there is no test for ADHD not only spreads misinformation, but it undermines what ADHD really is, and leads to an invalidation of what ADHD'ers struggle with. If there is no test for a disorder, then scientifically it cannot exist. Because we know that ADHD is real, and has been validated by the appropriate medical fields, then tests for it exists.

OP, get tested.

daveddd
12-14-13, 07:37 PM
No this is not misinformation. There are many types of evaluations that can be done to rule out other comorbid disorders but there are NO tests of any kind for adhd.

all mental disorders are simply a compilation of symptoms

if you mean physical test, thats true , there are no physical markers for any mental illness whatsoever

Nicksgonefishin
12-14-13, 07:43 PM
No this is not misinformation. There are many types of evaluations that can be done to rule out other comorbid disorders but there are NO tests of any kind for adhd.


Once everything else is ruled out what is left is ADHD.

You could call the process of ruling everything else out an ADHD assessment.

In essence you are both right! :)

To the OP- Go to your doctor and ask for a refferal to be assessed for ADHD by a professional. You can bypass your parents. It is easier and faster to bypass them and get the help you need now rather than spend waisted time and energy trying to convince them of something that they may never accept anyways.

Step one-make a doctors appointment.
Step 2-get a referall.
Step 3-make an appointment with the specialist.
Step 4-Go to the appointment with the specailist and be as open and honest as you can be. Be accepting if he/she says it isn't ADHD.

Come back here after step 4.

You haven't posted anything about the other corners of your life on here that are affected by ADHD. Which would make many of us on here skeptical. But those are the steps I would take if I was in your shoes.

someothertime
12-14-13, 07:43 PM
Laugh that's what you do, seriously........ just laugh...

From what I know... a good doc will query your history. If your answers fill the gaps... it can allow them to eliminate or reveal the more common mimickers. Then they might begin to give you a score against the diagnostic criteria and start a med trial. Depending on how they see the blending / causation ( which has been most dominant or acute now )

So yeah... go see someone... but first......remember to laugh

Leeleebug
12-15-13, 07:22 AM
Once everything else is ruled out what is left is ADHD.

You could call the process of ruling everything else out an ADHD assessment.

In essence you are both right! :)

To the OP- Go to your doctor and ask for a refferal to be assessed for ADHD by a professional. You can bypass your parents. It is easier and faster to bypass them and get the help you need now rather than spend waisted time and energy trying to convince them of something that they may never accept anyways.

Step one-make a doctors appointment.
Step 2-get a referall.
Step 3-make an appointment with the specialist.
Step 4-Go to the appointment with the specailist and be as open and honest as you can be. Be accepting if he/she says it isn't ADHD.

Come back here after step 4.

You haven't posted anything about the other corners of your life on here that are affected by ADHD. Which would make many of us on here skeptical. But those are the steps I would take if I was in your shoes.


I think this is the absolute best way to go about diagnosis. The process of going to a doctor for a referral for 'help' and then talking to a psychologist, getting diagnosed and then the psychologist refers you to psychiatrist.

This process shows your concerns are serious and proves your dedication to your mental health.

Don't be set and determined to go in and have everyone agree with your self diagnosis. The list of symptoms require more severity and impairment on a lifestyle than most people realize, mistaking mild examples of the symptoms as the diagnosis-determining symptoms.

Be open minded and just seek answers and solutions for your concerns...no matter what the verdict is, help is nigh.