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Old 12-02-17, 02:17 PM
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ADHD or just procrastination?

I'm 18 years old and I haven't noticed how how much I procrastinate until I got to college and had immense amounts of free time. Not having an organized schedule, meaning a 8:30 to 3:30 school day has made it really difficult for me to do work on my own. There are weekends where I sat in my room and did 800 things at once (ran around my room, then checked Facebook, Instagram, then danced to music, then read an article) just to avoid writing an essay I could've written within 3 hours. I can't tell if this is my own personal fault (if I just generally avoid my responsibilities) or indicative of a larger problem.

I know it's impossible to self diagnose, but I'm really scared to go to my doctor about this because I don't want my parents to find out (I don't think they'd take this seriously). I'd rather talk to people who've experienced similar things first. These are my symptoms:

1. I cannot sit still for long amounts of time. This is weird, but ever since I was a kid, I'd run around my room listening to loud music for 2-4 hours a day. I can't listen to quiet or calming music either; it needs to be loud and energetic. If I'm watching a movie or show, I often pause it to run around my room and then turn it back on.
2. I avoid any work that requires sustained brain work. I will think about doing it, and try to do it, but get so extremely distracted. For example, I'll write 2 lines of an essay and then switch rapidly through all my social media accounts (even though I'm not even active on social media, it's just a good distraction).
3. I zone out a lot. I cannot pay attention in any of my lectures when the professor is just speaking; my mind always goes elsewhere. I zone out when my friends talk to me for long periods of time, like when they're telling me a story.
4. I find it hard to sit still. I'm always biting my nails, or tapping my foot, or drawing on my paper.
5. I make careless mistakes. I got a test back in Arabic a few days ago; I conjugated everything wrong even though I studied and I'm well aware of how to conjugate it.

However, I've always done relatively well in school. This is in part because my high school wasn't that difficult in terms of workload. Even though I've done well, it's always taken me much longer than any of my peers to complete my work. A few days ago, my roommate was writing an essay; she wrote three pages within an hour. I was so surprised as I've never been once able to do that; that would've taken me like four hours.

Does this sound normal to you? I really don't want to talk my doctor about it; I only will if I think I can't fix it myself. Thank you!
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