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Re: Diagnostic Criteria for ADHD

20 for 20 here too.
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Re: Diagnostic Criteria for ADHD

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Yeah I took that test and got all 20 of them.

You don't seem to endlessly worry though. You seem to trust everything is going to be alright. You are very secure it seems.
lol... My panic disorder says "seem" is a very good word to use here. Years of CBT, CC. Years.
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Re: Diagnostic Criteria for ADHD

These are the proposed criteria for ADHD in the DSM-V.

http://www.dsm5.org/ProposedRevision...n.aspx?rid=383

These are not finalized but will give an indication of where the thinking is going.

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lol... My panic disorder says "seem" is a very good word to use here. Years of CBT, CC. Years.


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I have been thinking about CBT for my depression. With that being said I looked online a few weeks back to see if it also helps at all with people with ADD.

One thing that I came across from a few different sites was that if you don't do it correctly, "ie normal CBT for depression, as opposed to CBT geared towards ADD" that the CBT can make things worse?

Do you or anyone else have any thoughts on that?
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Dunno, I've heard that too, and I was wondering about it. I don't think it damaged me, but I was doing it more for anxiety than depression. I would always recommend that even if you see someone for depression to make sure that they are educated on adult ADHD.

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The treatment: The CBT group treatment attended 6 consecutive ADHD workshops. Session 1 focused on psychoeducation about "what it means to have ADHD." Session 2 focused on anger and frustration, with an overall goal of targeting the low frustration tolerance that can lead to explosive outbursts in individuals with ADHD. Session 3 centered on emotions, primarily focusing on the connections between mood, thoughts, and behaviors and teaching skills to improve mood by examining this cycle. Session 4 was concerned with social and relationship skills. As a group, the participants discussed ways in which ADHD symptoms have hampered their interpersonal performance. The group format also provided an opportunity to practice social skills in a safe environment. Session 5 centered on practical approaches to time management and problem solving. The last session again offered psychoeducation, this time addressing the future with ADHD.
http://www.psychotherapybrownbag.com...in-adults.html

I would think that kind of thing might be helpful for depression *and* ADHD.
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Re: Diagnostic Criteria for ADHD

Thanks.

I just need to find a good doctor that knows about adult add.

My current dr does not understand ADD and made it very clear a few months back that his job was to prescribe my meds, and not to provide therapy.
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Why does the diagnosis never discuss something to the effect of not being able to self regulate our mental state? I am either to hyper and have many of these sympotms from above...or feel like a Zombie and could fall asleep even in the middle of the day or an hour after an 8 hour sleep. By self regulate I don't mean with Caffeine or Red Bull (like I've read many of us do)etc, I mean why is it all or nothing?



My mother is like this and for a long time she had manic depressive (I know it's now bi-polar, but the term manic fit her better). However, she told me more recently she was told she has a very old PTSD, but then I've also noticed upon reading some people's weird adhd manifestations, when she gets into what I always thought were her "highs" she hyper organizes. I read this can be masking an overcompensation for the disorganization with ADD. Could that be right? Or perhaps a myriad of mental health issues I have to pray that the older I get, the more I do NOT become like her.
I've always had trouble falling asleep, but once I got to sleep I was ok.. Now I have started waking up in the wee hours... guess who else does this?? My mother, the insomniac.
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Re: Diagnostic Criteria for ADHD

I just have to say; DAMNNNN.
I am just so split up somewhere, feeling quite empty inside, especially today.
My psychologist claims I may well have ADD and surely OCPD and a chronic depression... It is so damn difficult to try to separate these "disorders" and to understand what is what; But I am pretty sure I do indeed have ADD. Every single article I have ever read implies this, including the "this may the adult ADD symptoms" as per 2nd post in this thread...

Soon seeing a doctor for proper ADD evaluation and possible medication, I cannot wait!! I already take SSRI for mood stability and to reduce anxiety, and I cannot ******* believe people do not want their medication for ADD... I am going completly crazy with this "itching" on the inside, the inability to empty the mind and focus on what the hell I want to focus on...
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Re: Diagnostic Criteria for ADHD

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Re: Diagnostic Criteria for ADHD

For adults, addictions to sex, alcohol or drugs, gambling and shopping can also be a symtom/sign. Self medicating with sex and alcohol were my krypotonite and ultimately led to me getting a diagnosis.
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Re: Diagnostic Criteria for ADHD

Just to provide an update. . .

Here is a complete booklet from the National Institute of Mental Health on ADHD:http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publi...disorder.shtml
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Re: Diagnostic Criteria for ADHD

This is not new, and may have been posted before, but some people might not have seen it. . .

Adult ADHD: Evaluation and Treatment in Family Medicine

From the American Academy of Family Physicians. It goes over the various rating scales, talks about crossover symptoms, and gives some information about pharmacological treatment. For some people who question their diagnosis or wonder why they were prescribed one medication instead of another, this might help give some insight.

It's also interesting because it is aimed towards the General Practitioner, rather than a specialist. This makes it simpler for a layperson to understand, but its simplicity also highlights that a GP might not be the right provider if your condition is complicated.
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Re: Diagnostic Criteria for ADHD

It's amazing to read the symptoms associated with ADD in adults! I'm like...that's me!! I'm 37 and seeing the chief ADD consultant on Thursday 2nd August for my final diagnosis and I'm rather nervous tbh. All these years I have known deep down that something was wrong but just put it down to laziness or bad attitude. Huge self esteem issues cleverly masked with self confidence and cocky arrogance when deep down the sadness erodes my very soul. One minute you can show flashes of brilliance gaining your peers respect, only to throw it all away with a rude comment or a silly act. I hope the doctors can help I really do.
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Re: Diagnostic Criteria for ADHD

I don't know, but just reading this for the first time....it just makes me cry because it's exactly what has been wrong ALL my life. I'm freakin 25 years old now. I'm so impatient I can't even wait to see my psychiatrist again. I only get manic when I stop smoking weed. And I always throw away my stash or break my pieces. So, it's craziness. But this is definitely the root of what is wrong. Maybe cyclothymia, too. But this, definitely.
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I don't know yet whether I do actually have ADD, but I'm a 30 yr old woman and my life has finally spun out of control. I have always been very good at academically challenging/demanding exercises but I cannot do the simplest thing, I can never even remember how to boil an egg - no matter how many times I am told. Despite being a slightly gregarious chatterbox, once i'm out, getting out is always terrifying. I'm so petrified I will be late for (anything - I can barely commit) that I set alarms hours before and put everything off until the last minute, then I am late - ALWAYS. I have missed approximately 15 flights, most trains, bailed on so so many social events, as I can't face the challenge of focussing enough to get out of the house, then I know the anxiety will strike. I cannot allow myself to sleep willingly, I stay up all night as many as I can until I pretty much collapse. There is always something distracting me and anything is better than the boring prospect of sleep. My Sleep Clinic psychologist says I am struggling to cross the river of willingness. I cant help it. I rarely even care to go into my bedroom - no interest in sleep. As a child even my nanny painted a huge canvas of the moon crying so everytime I wouldn't sleep I would feel guilty - that lasted 1 night before I realised the moon always cried so couldn't be me. I am the absolute epitome of disorganisation, recklessness and impulsive actions which are self sabotaging and no-one can understand why 'such a bright girl' has 'absolutely no common sense'. My hobbies revolve around thrill seeking and I would say it seems I am accident prone - very. I habitually lose EVERYTHING and forget everything, I spend time having to apologise constantly for my chronic lateness,forgetting birthdays, and feel ashamed constantly at my behaviour and things I say - I don't seem to think befpre speaking, and no-one ever follows my train of thought or why i use the analogies I do and often look puzzled when I go off on a tangent. I have no idea why I always felt totally like no-one was the same and was a slightly melancholic child although i tried not to show it. I was constantly described as over sensitive with middle child syndrome, and recently had residential therapy to re-script the my memories of my childhood relationship with my mother (I seem to have attributed my lifelong frustration to her 'smothering' leading to my low self-esteem and confidence as an independant, and she still constantly criticizes my clutter, mess, procrastination, unpredictability, recklessness, irresponsiblilty, lack of structure - even though i live 300 miles away. But I did self-sabotage my job, so unemployed for 2 years now, from a good job in finance. I can't commit to anything easily without verging on a panic attack, and I'm constantly terrified of not meeting expectations. I travelled as much as was tolerated (3 yrs) after uni, and loved every minute. Prior to this I had started to hit booze, cocaine, spliff, mdma, anything for thrills. Last (wo)man standing and with the most capability, starting to go nowhere fast. I've nearly accidentally died about 6 times, had so many car accidents and losing of car keys, I'm clumsy and Ive no idea how to cope with the mountains of 'admin' piling up daily, then I can't face any of it, but still stay i
up for 4-5 days doing nothing just wasting time on the web going from one thing to another. Everyone keeps saying 'get organised' and that i am a 'dream walking' and I thought it was the booze and coke, but it wasn't until I realised I can only focus and do anything - when ive had some, it calms me down and i can do stuff, it was only when a friend pointed out thats because i have this and hence go on bike rides round london in the middle of the night, and have also been jovially described as autistic, that i chanced upon this - in women. My psychiatrist has only seen me once so far and I dont think he's thinking along these lines but now i'm sure, and my mother i think definitely has it and both my brothers - i'm sure. I havent taken the Serlain prescribed yet as I would prefer another assessment but I fear no-one will believe me, and they'll just think i'm a confused party animal....
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