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Old 07-14-17, 09:37 AM
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Am I going crazy??

So, for the last last year I have been blaming my adhd symptoms on:

- Gluten
- lack of exercise
- the devil ( I'm serious)
- lack of discpline
- Sins and diminishing faith

But I realized I want to change badly. I have read all these self help books on organization and time management, yet I could never muster the effort. It like my brain can't understand time and the importance of the future. It's all about NOW.

I grew up in a dysfunctional family that don't talk to each other. My parents have literally been roommates( they don't talk at all) for 30 years and now just divorced. We are 12 kids that all have the same adhd symptoms. It seems like we got this adhd personality from my dad.

So once again, I'm blaming something other than adhd-- emotionanal problems from my dysfunctional family.
Am I going crazy y'all?

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Old 07-14-17, 05:38 PM
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Re: Am I going crazy??

I have used your metaphysical explanations of ADHD symptoms as well. Glad I let go of my faith (well it was not really a choice, it was the gradual realization that I didn't have any evidence for my belief, combined with the conclusion that I didn't actually need it), to me, letting go was essential for my road to becoming functional.

I also explained my add as a discipline problem. I still think that in part/in some situation this is true, I mean, ADHD people can be lazy as well. Sometimes I am. ADHD should never become an excuse. But often, perhaps most of the time, I am trying very hard, and when things don't go well it's clear that it's not due to not trying hard enough, but it's more like an impairment. And that doesn't keep me from trying again and again and again. So, while my integrity demands of me to admit that discipline is [i]sometimes[/] a problem (being human), I actually hate this explanation because it's untrue more often than not.

I have not used gluten as an explanation, but I have suspected some vitamin/mineral deficiencies. Still may play a role, don't know. Perhaps I should investigate this. Anyways, this is not the core issue, I have lived quite healthily for most of my life so far and ADHD symptoms have always been there.

Lack of exercise could play a role, but it's not the core issue. I have picked up exercising a few years ago and I do it a lot now, and it does help me significantly with focussing, but it's no cure.

your upbringing could play a role as well. your situation sounds very challenging, I hope you find a way to improve it. keep posting here if it helps you.

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Glad I let go of my faith (well it was not really a choice, it was the gradual realization that I didn't have any evidence for my belief, combined with the conclusion that I didn't actually need it), to me, letting go was essential for my road to becoming functional.
Some faith-related practices such as meditation or prayer can promote a certain mindfulness that could be useful to people with ADHD. I like some of these kinds of practices.
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Re: Am I going crazy??

It is a very real condition that can be dealt with, knowledge is power. Those feelings of hopelessness and uncertainty is hard.
Don't blame yourself and if someone you know has ADD see there behaviour for what it is. The thing that ADD can be problematic is interpersonal relationships, impulsivity, time blindness and lower self esteem, these can be helped with medication and therapy. Goodluck.
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Re: Am I going crazy??

CasioCurious,

Have you been formally diagnosed with ADHD, and if so, are you seeing a mental health clinician of some sort for treatment?

Or are you pre-diagnosis and realizing that the things you'd attributed your symptoms to don't suffice to explain your situation?

Emotion issues from having grown up in a dysfunctional family can certainly take their toll -- and are you currently living with your parents/siblings? -- beyond whatever problems ADHD itself causes.

Sorting out those issues -- what's your inherent way of being, and what extra layers of family-related emotional stuff are piled on top of that, and how they interact -- can be a real challenge.

In any case, I don't think you're going crazy! But it might help you to discuss with a mental health professional who has experience with adult ADHD and family issues. It sounds like there's more going on than a dietary change and some self-help books and sheer force of will alone can address.

Best wishes.
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Re: Am I going crazy??

Well I had a very dysfunctional family, have gluten issues now, and I have ADHD. My inattentive symptoms may be worse or my memory because of the turmoil and distance. I probably would have done better in school when I was diagnosed because I didn't really have discipline. I am still very ADHD tho. My gluten issues probably
Make me more tired sometimes.
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Re: Am I going crazy??

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CasioCurious,

Have you been formally diagnosed with ADHD, and if so, are you seeing a mental health clinician of some sort for treatment?

Or are you pre-diagnosis and realizing that the things you'd attributed your symptoms to don't suffice to explain your situation?

Emotion issues from having grown up in a dysfunctional family can certainly take their toll -- and are you currently living with your parents/siblings? -- beyond whatever problems ADHD itself causes.

Sorting out those issues -- what's your inherent way of being, and what extra layers of family-related emotional stuff are piled on top of that, and how they interact -- can be a real challenge.

In any case, I don't think you're going crazy! But it might help you to discuss with a mental health professional who has experience with adult ADHD and family issues. It sounds like there's more going on than a dietary change and some self-help books and sheer force of will alone can address.

Best wishes.
Namazu, I was never properly diagnosed. I saw a psychiatrist and after questioning me for like 30 min told me I might be ADD or just depressed and send me to see a nurse practitioner. The nurse basically gave me Adderall and send me on my way.

Honestly, the Adderall fixed all my issues. It was as if I was blind this whole time and I could finally see. The things is, the Adderall was a bit harsh on me physically and sometimes I would lose my personality and be a productive zombie. So, I said goodbye to Adderall and became skeptical once again because I was never diagnosed by an ADD expert.

Now I'm thinking about going to my GP so he can refer me to someone who is specialized in ADHD. Even if I don't ADHD I might just take the damn Adderall because it calms me down.
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Namazu, I was never properly diagnosed. I saw a psychiatrist and after questioning me for like 30 min told me I might be ADD or just depressed and send me to see a nurse practitioner. The nurse basically gave me Adderall and send me on my way.

Honestly, the Adderall fixed all my issues. It was as if I was blind this whole time and I could finally see. The things is, the Adderall was a bit harsh on me physically and sometimes I would lose my personality and be a productive zombie. So, I said goodbye to Adderall and became skeptical once again because I was never diagnosed by an ADD expert.

Now I'm thinking about going to my GP so he can refer me to someone who is specialized in ADHD. Even if I don't ADHD I might just take the damn Adderall because it calms me down.
It's not always easy to find someone who is competent to diagnose and treat ADHD. I just saw this in the latest edition of Additude magazine (Summer 2017):

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A study conducted by Peter S. Jensen, MD, author of Making the System Work for Your Child with ADHD, at the Mayo Clinic several years ago concluded that the average family saw 11 clinicians before they found one who was competent to treat their child’s ADHD. The number is the same for adults with ADHD.
It might take some searching on your part until you can find someone who knows what they're doing when it comes to treating ADHD in adults. I've had this problem myself and only recently found someone who has really educated himself on ADHD in adults and to whom I could actually get a referral. I was starting to lose hope.
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Re: Am I going crazy??

If you can take instant release, it usually only last 4 hours. You don't have to take it when you're around people more. If my adderall worked for me like it did for you I wouldn't say no. Ah the ups and downs of meds. You could also try different brands of generics, I hear so many different experiences. I myself love sandoz.
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Namazu, I was never properly diagnosed. I saw a psychiatrist and after questioning me for like 30 min told me I might be ADD or just depressed and send me to see a nurse practitioner. The nurse basically gave me Adderall and send me on my way.

Honestly, the Adderall fixed all my issues. It was as if I was blind this whole time and I could finally see. The things is, the Adderall was a bit harsh on me physically and sometimes I would lose my personality and be a productive zombie. So, I said goodbye to Adderall and became skeptical once again because I was never diagnosed by an ADD expert.

Now I'm thinking about going to my GP so he can refer me to someone who is specialized in ADHD. Even if I don't ADHD I might just take the damn Adderall because it calms me down.
There are many more types of stimulants out there to try. I think trying to find someone to diagnose you or at least evaluate you properly is a good idea.
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Also meant to add...if you feel like a zombie you may have had too high of a dose.
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Re: Am I going crazy??

Agreed with all the regular posters above. There are many circumstances, tendencies, and medical issues that are great at magnifying our ADHD stuff, and simply addressing one or two won't reduce symptoms to a manageable level in lots of us. Several of the things you mentioned were good things to help out, and I wouldn't give up anything that had a positive effect on you. No one thing will ever "cure" ADHD, but in your case it seems as if Adderall in the correct dosage might be the key missing ingredient.

I wish you well in your search for answers.

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Namazu, I was never properly diagnosed. I saw a psychiatrist and after questioning me for like 30 min told me I might be ADD or just depressed and send me to see a nurse practitioner. The nurse basically gave me Adderall and send me on my way.

Honestly, the Adderall fixed all my issues. It was as if I was blind this whole time and I could finally see. The things is, the Adderall was a bit harsh on me physically and sometimes I would lose my personality and be a productive zombie. So, I said goodbye to Adderall and became skeptical once again because I was never diagnosed by an ADD expert.

Now I'm thinking about going to my GP so he can refer me to someone who is specialized in ADHD. Even if I don't ADHD I might just take the damn Adderall because it calms me down.
I have been skeptical for a long while too, even after getting a proper diagnosis. It's only recently that I started getting less skeptical. I still think it's weird to diagnose someone based on behavior and history, and I think the name "attention deficit disorder" is wrong, I do think that it is a real set of traits that people like us have and I think it's something that does make it extra challenging to function in our modern society, especially if not treated right (though perhaps it can have benefits too, but that's another discussion that we frequently have).

Anyways, I think it's a good idea to get a proper diagnosis. Truth is power.
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