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Old 07-29-11, 03:03 PM
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Advice for ADD-PI college students!

I just wanted to throw something out there for all the ADD-PI's currently having problems with college and grad school. I am in the process of writing a book that basically outlines ways to succeed in college, and I'm writing from the perspective of an ADD-PI individual that wasn't diagnosed until 5 years into graduate school. I've performed an enormous amount of research on this topic, including interviews from various college counselors as well as other professionals in academic administration and even holistic well-being.

If you feel comfortable with this, feel free to use this thread to vent your college-related worries, and I will do my best to use my collective resources in an attempt to steer you in the right direction.

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Now, I feel like I should share a bit about myself before asking others to share their concerns with me as well as others in the forum. I am currently beginning my 7th year in graduate school with plans to graduate this Winter, so I'm essentially starting my 11th consecutive year in college! I am about to complete a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology/Cancer Research, and I have a B.S. in Environmental Science/Biology.

Due to my ADD-PI diagnosis, I've experienced an enormous amount of difficulty in both my academic affairs as well as my personal life. In just my 6 years of completed graduate school experience, I've experienced two marriages, one divorce, and single parenthood. I'm a habitual procrastinator, and I deal with intense hyperfocus that can last for days at a time. Over time, I've learned to cope by seeking the help of others and working on self-discipline. I have also learned to use my ADD to my advantage by embracing the very qualities that have caused me so many problems over the years and utilizing my uniqueness to succeed.

I really hope that this thread can initiate some useful communication. I know from experience that having ADD-PI in college can cause one to feel extremely isolated and suffer from low self-worth. It's not impossible to overcome these feelings, and I'm walking proof of that!
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Re: Advice for ADD-PI college students!

Wow! I hope I can convince my husband to join this forum - specifically for this thread. He's had some major problems in grad school over the past two years, primarily due to ADHD, and I think he might find this helpful.
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Re: Advice for ADD-PI college students!

I am re-entering university next year but this time I will be under treatment management for my anxietyOCD and ADD-I. So I cant say what problems I would have while on medications because I havnt had the chance to study without disadvantages being managed with interventions.

Without meds theres no comparison. I sensed deficits in many areas, for example in class time in a lab where we were doing practicals: anxiety being so high that it is no longer in the category of "good anxiety" for peformance, it gets to the intensity that memory and cognitive deficits impair learning and sometimes physical movement. If people are to follow the teacher and your the only one in class that cannot do that at normal speed and everyone else can then the class moves on and your just left behind. Then again I am quite severe ADD-I with anxietyOCD.

My attention suffers more as anxiety is introduced which is the case in class or lab time.

During lectures where you simply sit and listen with no interaction socially then the ADD-I' persons normal or near normal attention deficits are noticeable still imparing learning but not to the extreme for me atleast in comparison to class or lab time.

It might be slightly different for others with ADD-PI mixed with other disorders.

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Re: Advice for ADD-PI college students!

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I am re-entering university next year but this time I will be under treatment management for my anxietyOCD and ADD-I. So I cant say what problems I would have while on medications because I havnt had the chance to study without disadvantages being managed with interventions.
I wish you the best of luck with your upcoming classes. I know how it feels to have the anxiety and ADD mix in the classroom, and it's never fun. However, it's great to hear that you've got some help coping with your difficulties.

The best thing I can recommend going into lecture-style classes is to make sure you get a sufficient amount of sleep the night before and make sure that you eat on a regular schedule. This helps more than you would think.

Also, to help myself focus my attention in a lecture, I used to constantly listen for things that I either didn't understand or found interesting and would write down questions in my notes to ask about or look up later. This strategy's effectiveness is highly dependent on the type of class your taking, but the constant movement and thought processes kept me from succumbing to a classroom coma under the drone of a monotone speaker.
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Re: Advice for ADD-PI college students!

A little back ground. I was not diagnosed with ADD until after I completed High school. I graduated with a 2.3 GPA, and honestly, if they had not allowed me to take so many shop and art classes, I never would have graduated. After high school I was diagnosed and began taking Adderall XR. My GPA at that point was around a 3.0. I have recently gone back to pursue other interests and I have learned a few things that have contributed to my success. 1. I will only study in the Library. If I go home the T.V. and internet are too much of a distraction. I inevitably end up wasting time with them. After my classes are over I go straight to the libary to study. 2. In the Library I find the quietest possible area, prefferably with a partition around the desk, to avoid visual distractions. If I don't have the partition I will look up at every person that walks by, which eats up study time. 3. EARPLUGS!!! This is the most important thing for me. I can't study with out them. If I don't have ear plugs, any and every noise is a distraction (people talking, the hum of the air conditioning, a cricket) they all drive me nuts. 4. Dress for success. Specifically for me this means being able to control my body temperature. If I'm too hot or too cold, I'm distracted. I can't predict the temperature of the Library so I wear layers so that I can adjust accordingly. I know that one is kind of odd but it's necessary for me. These are the 4 things I must have to be successful, I hope it helps.
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Re: Advice for ADD-PI college students!

The anxiety and ADD combo is the knock out punch for me, in terms of education success.

The anxiety enforces my fear to socialise because of ADD and its problems with the working memory, so processing what someone's just said, makes socialising pointless and non sporadic with emotions.
By the evening, during the end of college i become better focused on any required and needed attention, that being work and socialising.

But that much liked focus 'resets' in the morning. I believe this boils down to chemistry of the brain. I guessing Norepinephrine is depleted over night or dopamine is? I can guess am on the right lines.
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