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View Poll Results: Have you had traumatic events in childhood
YES, I 've had really harsh moments I don't wanna for my children 15 65.22%
MAYBE, but not sure if a unique experience worth elaborating 2 8.70%
I DON'T THINK SO, a regular childhood 2 8.70%
DEFINITELY NOT. It's been a happy time that I miss 4 17.39%
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Re: PTSD vs ADHD poll

I wonder if would be fair to say ADHD is a type of PTSD?




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But, in order to have PTSD you have to have suffered some kind of trauma right? ADHD cant be THE trauma.
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But, in order to have PTSD you have to have suffered some kind of trauma right? ADHD cant be THE trauma.
In many circumstances, being born with a more sensitive emotional temperament can be chronically distressful everyday, day after day.



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But, in order to have PTSD you have to have suffered some kind of trauma right? ADHD cant be THE trauma.
great point sarah

I've thought this about myself often

i remember times as a kid when i experienced emotions at a more conscious cognitive level, not a lot of memories but some. the emotions were so powerful , so overwhelming , so intense they were frightening

I wonder if that put me into mostly permanent parasympathetic state like PTSD

I still have poor emotional control, but since my mid teens, emotions have become just strong uncomfortable bodily sensations that i have difficulty differentiating a lot of the time
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Re: PTSD vs ADHD poll

For context, I'm 27 and am diagnosed with ADHD (at 23) as well as "combat" PTSD. I don't really think I have combat PTSD though, I think it's mostly due to alienation and lack of real community where I live. (if youre interested in that, check out Sebastian Junger's book called TRIBE, or his short speach on TED Talks called "Why soldiers miss war". What he describes makes a hell of a lot more sense than combat PTSD, for me personally.

I believe that my "trauma" stems from trying so hard in school throughout my childhood, but never doing well or being able to keep up and feeling stupid and like an outcast. Today, thinking of going to school scares me, even though I want to. I love learning, want to be successful and can use the GI bill, yet, still cannot get my self to do it. I tried a pre college course for veterans, but it was overwhelming and I stopped going and feel into the lowest point that I've hit immediately after.

I joined the Army after dropping out of high school and did one tour in Afghanistan. Luckily I didn't see anything really bad like friends die in front of me or heavy combat. I only experienced far less traumatic things like indirect fire (which is being rocketed or mortared - think of lightning that hits the ground near you every 30 seconds or so but the ground just explodes, and it keeps getting closer while you are in cover just wondering where the next one will hit - thats the best analogy I can think of), almost hitting IED's (luckily, we found them before they found us), and just the general anxiety of being in a combat zone, wondering if everything in the road is going to blow up and kill you, but you get used to that pretty quick. I see things on the side of the road sometimes that make me think about IED's, b ut I don't swerve out of the way or panic in anyway.

Anyways, I'm more nervous thinking of being in a classroom than from thinking about being in "combat". It wasn't one specific event from my childhood that I'm makes me afraid of school, but rather a years of associating school with very negative emotions over a long period of time.


What if years of living with the diagnosed symptoms of ADHD as a child add up to a form of trauma?

Do both of these types of memories/events fall under PTSD?


If I didn't explain well, let me know and I will try again. Sorry.



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