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Old 10-23-12, 05:02 PM
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A panic attack, now being tested for Adult ADHD

Hello everyone. 32 year old married father of one. What brought me here started with a panic attack in front of a large group during a public speaking engagement. I survived, managed to get the job done, but it was a low point in my career and for me personally. What had happened was alarming enough that I made an appointment with a psychiatrist. I had given numerous presentations in the past as part of my job requirement. What made me pick up the phone was knowing that i could not let this happen to me again and the fear that it would.

I visited with my dr. and once we talked about anxiety and my history she began asking questions about my daily routine and then my education college, high school, and grade school. At the end of our session she discussed the possibility of ADHD causing anxiety or anxiety causing symptoms of ADHD. She asked that i take the next few weeks to think about the topic and make some notes about my daily routines and think back to my education.

Today we met and discussed many of the topics and notes I had made. I also took a screening test. I had already taken a few online and based on everything we had talked about my dr. suggest i take a test (scheduled for next week) with another dr. that will last 3-4 hours!

Part of me feels embarrassed (not sure why), and the other part of me is feeling relief that i may be getting help for something that has kept me from being the best i can be day in and day out.

I wanted to join the boards to connect with others who have had a similar experience and for some inspiration that better days are in my future.

I've never joined a forum before so I hope I'm doing this right!

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Re: A panic attack, now being tested for Adult ADHD

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Re: A panic attack, now being tested for Adult ADHD

Welcome

My assessment for ADHD also lasted 3 hours - they asked me lots and lots of questions - basically taking a in depth history from childhood to now.
Then they asked me to fill in a DSM questionnaire thingy.

But they seem to vary from place to place.

Good luck and hope you can find some answers and help, you'll get lots of support on this forum.
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Re: A panic attack, now being tested for Adult ADHD

Thanks. I first had a two hour consult with a psychiatrist, and a one hour follow up yesterday. At yesterday's meeting we determined that i should see their testing specialist but only for ADD/ADHD as the dr. did not feel that i am struggling with any other signs or symptoms to require a broader mental examination. I got the feeling that a lot of it will be interview/conversation and some written and computer testing? I'll let you know how it goes. I'm excited because it was supposed to be on tuesday but the dr. called and said they had an opening. I'm not good at waiting. Reaching out to others is a first for me, but i'm starting to feel that everyone else's input can be a great resource and source for support.
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Re: A panic attack, now being tested for Adult ADHD

Best of luck...I am waiting for a diagnosis as well...partly excited, partly scared. I have all the classic symptoms and am hoping that medication and counselling can help.
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Re: A panic attack, now being tested for Adult ADHD

The testing was a grueling 3 hours...word memorization, association, numbers, math problems, draw this...now draw it from memory...more questions that made me feel very stupid...something with blocks that i was awesome on...then for what felt like 30 minutes i sat in front of a old computer and hit the space bar every time a letter came up, but not to hit the space when X came up. I did terrible on that, but don't understand the purpose of it.

The only feedback I got was that i did better than i think...but then she looked at my last computer test and goes..."oh this test looks like ADD"...

I won't get results for a month and have to fill out a long questionnaire and ask my wife to fill one out about me too.

I feel like this is going to be the longest month ever. I hate not knowing.
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Re: A panic attack, now being tested for Adult ADHD

Hi and welcome. I think the hit the space bar thing is a concentration test, after all itīs very easy but as concentration lapses, mistakes are made. I think that most people with adhd would lose concentration after three hours.

my son had 8 hours split up into 5 sessions.
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