View Full Version : Does it sound like I have Inattentive ADD?

03-25-16, 01:37 PM
Hello there,

I'm really struggling here. I'm desperate to find some kind of solution to my inability to focus.

I've never been diagnosed with anything like ADD. I did well at school and went to what is generally considered to be an excellent university. I offer this information not as boast (I'm not especially proud of it), but it's for these reasons that I never considered there to be anything wrong with my mind.

But recently (I'm 24 now), I've realised that I've always had a severe problem with concentration, for as long as I can remember.

In high school, my mind would always wander, and anything I did learn for exams or the like would be done - to an inadequate standard - off my own back, in my own time. I was a bad student, always doodling and rarely listening.

At University I was in a constant state of extreme anxiety because every time I approached an issue, I could see millions of possible answers and solutions, non of which sufficiently connected or appeared to be coherent. I would push away the great many history texts I needed to consume in favour of playing video games, not because I am inherently lazy or uninterested but because the anxiety of not having the concentration to get through a substantial text (much less retain any of it) was just exhausting.

I find myself now wanting to better my mind, constantly surprised by my peers and their great wealth of knowledge. But however much I read, however much I watch, I just can't seem to hold it in.

Even if something interests me, my mind is already looking around for other things to do. As I write this, I have four different YouTube tabs open, all having been run for about a minute before I moved on (it only being four because I just arrived at my home).

I do everything in half measures, going around in a circle "topping up" past partially finished activities until they all, inefficiently, eventually get completed (or discarded).

I forget everything I should be doing. My girlfriend regards me as insincere and untrustworthy because I constantly have good intentions of self-improvement but never remember to do the tasks I set myself, let alone find the resilient concentration required to achieve them.

I feel very disheartened that however hard I try, I don't seem to be able to improve myself. My friends and family believe me to be intelligent because I'm relatively articulate and did well at school but I know, in reality, my knowledge of this world is pathetic.

I'm learning Chinese, creating art, learning the cello, learning Latin, reading Classics and working out. Except I'm most often doing none of these things. I'm playing video games, even then getting bored quickly, having to listen to podcasts at the same time, my surrounding projects glaring at me from across the room.

Does it sound like I'm a person who should be in these forums?
If I am, are there any solutions you could recommend.

Any help or advice would be hugely appreciated,
I'm really tired,

Thank you,

03-26-16, 10:21 PM
First of all, welcome to the forum. You'll find a lot of information here and folks to share with and who are there to help. I don't think there is a specific type of person who should post here or not, everyone is free to ask questions and participate. While most of us are dealing with ADHD, we all have different difficulties.

That said, about your situation, it might be interesting to get evaluated if you find it impairing. There is help , and regardless of what you may suffer from, you have a right to get the answers and support you're looking for.

We can't diagnose as we are not experts. And I can't tell you if whatever you're exriencing is ADHD or not but I can relate to some of the things you described. To be considered for the condition symptoms must have started in childhood and impact various aspects of life (home, relationships, school, work, hobbies, financial, driving, etc).

It's important to rule out other disorders as well since some issues overlap (like in learning disabilities, anxiety, depression and more). In order to get the process of assessement going, you could start with your family doc to get refered to a mental health professional (preferably a psychiatrist or ADHD specialist).

Seeing that you're a student, you could also try the disability services office to see if they could assist you. If you need accommodations, your school might provide them temporarely even though you don't have a diagnosis yet (some schools will require medical certificate/letters/neuropsychological report though but no harm in asking right).

Best of luck!

04-08-16, 04:19 AM
See a psychiatrist. They can help you. Some of the things you mention sound like adhd, and some of them sound kind of par for the course when it comes to having regular issues. Adhd is defined by impairments in multiple areas of your life.