View Full Version : Doctor tells me I don't have ADD


DiamondG
05-19-17, 05:42 AM
I've had concerns about having ADD for a few years now.
I find it really hard to concentrate on anything and I felt it got in the way of studying. I'm really unorganised, I put stuff all over the place. My desk is permanently cluttered with stuff I may or may not need.. I procrastinate a lot and am often late to any kind of appointments. I've graduated from University a couple of years ago without any diagnosis.
I mentioned all these to the doctor today and he dismissed the idea of me having ADHD. He asked me questions about my life right now and I answered him, telling him about my last job and such. He told me that if I had ADHD, I could not have been telling him all that stuff about my life without going off topic. He said having finished university with ADHD is quite impossible. He also mentioned teachers are good at picking this up at younger ages and should have noticed when I was in primary school.
I'm very unconvinced after this appointment and I'm not sure what else I can do now. Does anyone have any advice? Could the doctor be right?

goldsprinkles
05-19-17, 11:52 AM
Hello! I'm a newbie here too. I can TOTALLY relate to your struggle and frustrations. I went through primary school, secondary school, and university without any diagnosis, help, or even a thought of possibly having ADHD. But I showed all the symptoms. I finally saw a psychologist recently and I'm going back to have more tests/evaluations done next week. Did you fill out any surveys or scales at your appointment?

I think it would be worth it to get a second opinion, if you really feel like the Doctor might be wrong. Please keep us updated! Good luck!

DJ Bill
05-19-17, 01:23 PM
Please get another opinion.. The notion that one can't make it through university and have ADHD is not correct.

kwalk
05-20-17, 03:10 AM
I was dismissed by a regular doc and they sent me to a psychiatrist to see if I really have it.
I don't go off topic much. I was pretty oblivious to my listening problems at the tine. But if you sit down for an hour with a doc he'll soon notice you are distracted and looking everywhere lol. Also psychological testing I think it is, tests your memory with like 8 letters and if you keep doing it and then say it backwards, you'll have a hard time remembering them. Then they will make you tell them made up stories.

sarahsweets
05-20-17, 03:36 AM
I've had concerns about having ADD for a few years now.
I find it really hard to concentrate on anything and I felt it got in the way of studying. I'm really unorganised, I put stuff all over the place. My desk is permanently cluttered with stuff I may or may not need.. I procrastinate a lot and am often late to any kind of appointments. I've graduated from University a couple of years ago without any diagnosis.
I mentioned all these to the doctor today and he dismissed the idea of me having ADHD. He asked me questions about my life right now and I answered him, telling him about my last job and such. He told me that if I had ADHD, I could not have been telling him all that stuff about my life without going off topic. He said having finished university with ADHD is quite impossible.
ADHD is about more than the issues you mentioned. In order for it to be adhd, you must have impairments in 6 or more areas of your life, in 2 or more ways. You also must have had symptoms in childhood before the age of 12.
With that said, your doctor is an as*hole. Doing well in school has NOTHING to do with whether you have adhd or not. Think about it: with his theory we should all be drop outs with no career. Many people are able to cope with school with skills they have gotten used to. The issue is those "skills" are not really doable long term or healthy. Some people did well in school because the always left stuff to the last minute and pulled all nighters. This is not a healthy or viable way to live. Some people developed almost OCD-like habits and they can cause the person tons of stress due to the rigidity.

He also mentioned teachers are good at picking this up at younger ages and should have noticed when I was in primary school.
Again: more as*hole talks. Yes teachers are better at picking it up but that doesnt mean because they didnt pick it up that you do not have it. Some teachers are clueless or to busy minding a trouble maker to notice you staring out the window all day. Or they think your lack of homework being turned in is because you are lazy. Or they dont want to have to make official accommondations for you so ignoring symptoms seems better.
They are not doctors.


I'm very unconvinced after this appointment and I'm not sure what else I can do now. Does anyone have any advice? Could the doctor be right?
I would be concerned too. Even if you get this doctor on board, do you really want to trust him to treat you?

Cyllya
05-20-17, 07:52 PM
Yeah, find a less stupid doctor, someone who goes off the actual symptoms of conditions instead of dumb stereotypes.

If you have the option to go straight to a psychiatrist (not psychologist), that may help. Not all general practitioners are this ignorant though.

DiamondG
05-23-17, 02:31 PM
Hi.
I didn't fill out any surveys at the appointment. His so called "assessment" was just a chat for 20 minutes where he simply asked questions about my life the last few years.
As suggested here, I will definitely see a specialist of a sort or maybe try another doctor and get a referral. Thanks for sharing your story!

DiamondG
05-23-17, 02:43 PM
Thanks to everyone that replied. I've decided I will go see another doctor and try get a referral for a specialist without doing another silly stereotypical assessment.
Thanks!:)