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Old 12-08-17, 12:08 AM
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ADHD Inattentive - don't have some typical symptoms?

I'm a woman in my early twenties who's recently been diagnosed with ADHD Inattentive subtype. Been reading more about ADHD and specifically symptoms related to the inattentive subtype in women. There are some major things that I notice in myself (inability to focus, not listening when being spoken to, forgetful with dates and appointments if it's not in my calendar, etc) which led to my diagnosis in the first place.

Just wondering about a few things that don't seem to apply to me about the condition though - I'm not very messy, generally keeping things quite tidy. I have a very good memory for where objects have been placed (no losing keys for me). I also have a very high energy level, and can keep moving and moving, but suffer from moderate fatigue when sitting down longer than 15ish minutes.

Anyone else diagnosed with ADHD inattentive subtype also have these differences? Maybe they're related to other issues I have or have had? Any suggestions?
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Re: ADHD Inattentive - don't have some typical symptoms?

it's possible that you just don't have all the symptoms, or that you have found some great ways to compensate. Not everyone has all the symptoms. There are a few that I don't have, like most ADHDI are always late but I am pretty punctual, though mostly because I am kinda OCD about being on time. Also a lot have trouble getting to sleep at night and waking up in the morning because of an overactive brain, but I'm the opposite: I fall asleep easily but I wake up at silly hours like 3:30 am with my mind already racing.

I should say that I haven't been officially diagnosed, though I am pretty certain I have it. It runs in the family, and I have had most of the other symptoms since childhood.

So anyway, not having some of the symptoms doesn't necessarily mean your diagnosis is wrong.
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Re: ADHD Inattentive - don't have some typical symptoms?

How were you diagnosed? Did you fill out any questionaires?

The DSM-5 is most often used to diagnose mental health issues. It lists 9
traits or symptoms of inattentive adhd, but only 5 of those are needed for a
diagnosis in adults. So it's quite possible not to have all of the symptoms but
still be diagnosed with inattentive adhd.

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DSM-5 Criteria for ADHD

People with ADHD show a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity–impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development:

Inattention: Six or more symptoms of inattention for children up to age 16, or five or more for adolescents 17 and older and adults; symptoms of inattention have been present for at least 6 months, and they are inappropriate for developmental level:

Often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, at work, or with other activities.
Often has trouble holding attention on tasks or play activities.
Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly.
Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (e.g., loses focus, side-tracked).
Often has trouble organizing tasks and activities.
Often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to do tasks that require mental effort over a long period of time (such as schoolwork or homework).
Often loses things necessary for tasks and activities (e.g. school materials, pencils, books, tools, wallets, keys, paperwork, eyeglasses, mobile telephones).
Is often easily distracted
Is often forgetful in daily activities.
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Re: ADHD Inattentive - don't have some typical symptoms?

I too am inattentive but do not have the disorganized part. My house is super organized and I rarely lose things. But I also know it is a part of the coping strategies I came up with to help with the chaos of growing up undiagnosed and running a house with two kids and not being diagnosed until after they both were. I find I need my environment organized to help the chaos I feel in my brain when it is racing.
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Re: ADHD Inattentive - don't have some typical symptoms?

Percentages reflect my presentation - unmedicated/on Dexedrine:

20%/05% - Often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, at work, or with other activities.
50%/15% - Often has trouble holding attention on tasks or play activities.
33%/00% - Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly.
75%/15% - Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (e.g., loses focus, side-tracked).
67%/10% - Often has trouble organizing tasks and activities.
75%/15% - Often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to do tasks that require mental effort over a long period of time (such as schoolwork or homework).
33%/05% - Often loses things necessary for tasks and activities (e.g. school materials, pencils, books, tools, wallets, keys, paperwork, eyeglasses, mobile telephones).
95%/15% - Is often easily distracted
75%/15% - Is often forgetful in daily activities.

Rough estimates, of course.

And for sure, the ability to better make use of tools and skills when medicated means my presentation of disability is even less when I make use of lists, reminders, schedules, etc.


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Re: ADHD Inattentive - don't have some typical symptoms?

Thanks all.

I went through as many quizzes as I could find when a close friend first brought up that they thought my issues might be because I had ADD. But when I was officially diagnosed I did a more in depth test as well as the 5/9 traits test and discussed everything with the Dr. who ended up diagnosing me.

Mostly I was worried about having been misdiagnosed, but thinking back, there were a few statements that I had just managed to figure out a way to cope with already so I didn't realize that I actually did have those symptoms. Definitely have disorganization with managing and completing tasks - just not physical disorganization.
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Re: ADHD Inattentive - don't have some typical symptoms?

I have a friend with ADHD who is very organized with sticky notes galore. That's her way of trying to control her dysfunction. I don't typically lose my keys, but I can't remember where I put things sometimes (or I remember the place I put it before the place I ended up finally putting it - like my ADHD medication the other morning when I was running late for work...). I do have a tendency to organize with "stacks" when I'm not on my medication. Stacks of clothes, stacks of books, stacks of bills, stacks of papers. And somehow within all that chaos I know exactly where that form that I need to put in the mail is. But I can also walk into a room and have no idea why I'm in there. Or I will go into one room with a goal in mind, see something, and get side tracked with that new thing, completely forgetting my original goal. Last night I came home from work and started a load of laundry. It sat down there in the washer all night and finally when I was getting into bed I was like "CRAP the laundry!" My goal was to wash multiple loads... btw I still haven't taken them out of the dryer since moving them right before bed last night... Sometimes I get revved up and I HAVE to move. I feel like I could run a marathon. Or sometimes when sitting I will squirm and fidget and shake my leg because it's actually uncomfortable to me to sit so long. But I also get worn out unmedicated from all my thoughts (that's where a lot of my inattentive hyperactivity comes out). So I get fatigued a lot. There were some days before diagnosis where I would sit in one spot for hours and stare at the wall because it's all I had energy to do
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Re: ADHD Inattentive - don't have some typical symptoms?

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I have a friend with ADHD who is very organized with sticky notes galore. That's her way of trying to control her dysfunction. I don't typically lose my keys, but I can't remember where I put things sometimes (or I remember the place I put it before the place I ended up finally putting it - like my ADHD medication the other morning when I was running late for work...). I do have a tendency to organize with "stacks" when I'm not on my medication. Stacks of clothes, stacks of books, stacks of bills, stacks of papers. And somehow within all that chaos I know exactly where that form that I need to put in the mail is. But I can also walk into a room and have no idea why I'm in there. Or I will go into one room with a goal in mind, see something, and get side tracked with that new thing, completely forgetting my original goal. Last night I came home from work and started a load of laundry. It sat down there in the washer all night and finally when I was getting into bed I was like "CRAP the laundry!" My goal was to wash multiple loads... btw I still haven't taken them out of the dryer since moving them right before bed last night... Sometimes I get revved up and I HAVE to move. I feel like I could run a marathon. Or sometimes when sitting I will squirm and fidget and shake my leg because it's actually uncomfortable to me to sit so long. But I also get worn out unmedicated from all my thoughts (that's where a lot of my inattentive hyperactivity comes out). So I get fatigued a lot. There were some days before diagnosis where I would sit in one spot for hours and stare at the wall because it's all I had energy to do
Most of that sounds very familiar to me.

Could I ask you please ... after you finish typing your thoughts, would you take
a moment to separate them into a few paragraphs? Some of us have a very
hard time taking in the info when it's one big block of text. Thanks.
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Re: ADHD Inattentive - don't have some typical symptoms?

only did this to give an example of what can be helpful.

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I have a friend with ADHD who is very organized with sticky notes galore. That's her way of trying to control her dysfunction. I don't typically lose my keys, but I can't remember where I put things sometimes (or I remember the place I put it before the place I ended up finally putting it - like my ADHD medication the other morning when I was running late for work...).

I do have a tendency to organize with "stacks" when I'm not on my medication. Stacks of clothes, stacks of books, stacks of bills, stacks of papers. And somehow within all that chaos I know exactly where that form that I need to put in the mail is. But I can also walk into a room and have no idea why I'm in there. Or I will go into one room with a goal in mind, see something, and get side tracked with that new thing, completely forgetting my original goal.

Last night I came home from work and started a load of laundry. It sat down there in the washer all night and finally when I was getting into bed I was like "CRAP the laundry!" My goal was to wash multiple loads... btw I still haven't taken them out of the dryer since moving them right before bed last night...

Sometimes I get revved up and I HAVE to move. I feel like I could run a marathon. Or sometimes when sitting I will squirm and fidget and shake my leg because it's actually uncomfortable to me to sit so long. But I also get worn out unmedicated from all my thoughts (that's where a lot of my inattentive hyperactivity comes out).

So I get fatigued a lot. There were some days before diagnosis where I would sit in one spot for hours and stare at the wall because it's all I had energy to do
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Re: ADHD Inattentive - don't have some typical symptoms?

I envy the tidy, no-losing things! Just be grateful you don't have that! I've improved on the no-losing a bit, but still can't get into cleaning much, organized is still not within my reach either.
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I envy the tidy, no-losing things! Just be grateful you don't have that! I've improved on the no-losing a bit, but still can't get into cleaning much, organized is still not within my reach either.
I'm real good at no losing and the tidy thing. I just don't dust. I never had to, why should I start now? If it gets worse than the Munsters, I might flop a rag about half heartedly.
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