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Old 05-25-04, 09:44 AM
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Question "I think I have ADHD..."

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Frequently Asked questions about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

What is Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder?

Otherwise known as ADHD, it is a neurological condition that affects learning and behavior. Symptoms tend to change throughout one’s lifetime. Adults with ADHD may have problems with tardiness, impatience, and may be disorganized. Mood swings and problems sleeping are especially common in college students.

If I wasn’t diagnosed as a child, can I be diagnosed in college?

Yes, if a student is academically successful as a child, parents and teachers may not have identified them as in need of assessment, but college students can be tested for ADHD.

I have the symptoms, Do I have ADHD?

Most college students report difficulties concentrating at one time or another. A large number of medical and psychiatric conditions cause problems with attention and concentration. Anxiety and depression are common conditions that cause concentration problems. However, ADHD that is left untreated my also produce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Disordered eating, sleep disturbances, and substance abuse frequently cause symptoms of inattention. Interpersonal relationships and family conflicts are especially common sources of inattention for college students.

What can I do if I think I have ADHD?

You must first be sure that your symptoms are not secondary to depression or anxiety. Thus, it is crucial that you see a professional trained in ADHD who has worked with college students. A misdiagnosis may result in an exacerbation of inattentive symptoms and will only make matters worse. If you think you need to be tested you can call Edited out--irrelevant contact information. Find a doctor!

How is ADHD treated?

If you are diagnosed with ADHD, there are a variety of ways in which you can reduce the severity of the symptoms. Medication is frequently recommended. However, modifying organizational and study behaviors, participating in counseling or support groups, and seeking accommodations through the college can also be helpful. Because students with ADHD often experience interpersonal difficulties outside of school, participation in therapy is strongly encouraged.


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I would talke it over with a medical professional before you are thnking you have add all thease syptomps posted in advertisments could fit the majority of the people in the Unitied States, when there is more to dignoising it then those syptomps they advertise.
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I agree, with mccoffee. There are other factors that can cause ADHD-like symptoms. The best thing you could do, is to talk to a medical professional about the symptoms you are experiencing.
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i didn't think i had it. i was talking to the doctor about something else entirely, and she wanted to see some bloodwork results i was supposed to have... and i said, "oh yeah, that must of been that peice of paper i carried around in my pack for most of the year last year... i guess i never got around to it" and so she asked me some more questions, and bingo! i had to fill out some stupid forms (the bane of my existence...)
i had been given rittalin before at my previous university, but i didn't believe i had ADD, i just liked drugs..
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Re: College Student -"I think I have ADHD..."

One other point I would like to add here...

In most colleges, there are plenty of resources available to you. Use them! They may not be able to give you everything you need, but they can very well give you the resources to find them. For example, my school has a counseling center (student counseling services). I went to them telling them I thought I had ADD. They weren't able to do the testing (shame, it would have saved me a few hundred dollars), but they referred me to an excellent psychologist. And now I'm going to the on-campus clinic to see a psychiatrist about treatment.
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Re: College Student -"I think I have ADHD..."

I believe there is more of a tendency to recognize these sorts of things nowadays and that it is certainly is a good thing that more and more people are encouraging people who exhibit these tendencies to get tested.
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Re: College Student -"I think I have ADHD..."

I have recently been diagnosed and being a college student without good health insurance, can't afford to go to a psychologist or someone like that. Is there anything I can do to help myself?
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Re: College Student -"I think I have ADHD..."

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I have recently been diagnosed and being a college student without good health insurance, can't afford to go to a psychologist or someone like that. Is there anything I can do to help myself?
Hey there!

One thing I've found, both for myself and for one of the sixteen-year-olds I tutor for a living, is that as long as your motivation doesn't have to come from inside you, things could work out just fine. Find someone to poke you when you need it. This might take the form of an individual, one-on-one study buddy, but full-on support or peer coaching groups could provide a wealth of further tips and, well, support.

I expect most US colleges will have their own student-run AD/HD coaching groups already, but if need be, you can seek out fellow diagnosed students and start one yourself.

If you need to be reminded, I could PM you about it.
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Re: College Student -"I think I have ADHD..."

I think there are many productive people out there who don't realize that school is a lot harder for them than it should be - I was certainly in that boat. I started looking into ADHD because of social problems that I didn't seem to be growing out of - talking to loud and fast, not being able to stay on topic, and not being able to wait my turn in conversations. It wasn't until later that I realized just how hard I had to work in school. I'm on medication now and the results are amazing and my grades have soared!! I'm actually halfway enjoying school now.


I just wish that I'd been diagnosed BEFORE my senior year of college...
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Re: College Student -"I think I have ADHD..."

I am 40 and have returned to college. Thank God for my Psychology professor and a lecture on ADD/ADHD. I swear, that lecture was all about me!! I am the one in class who blurts out answers, asks tons of questions, and interrupts. I am afraid I will lose my thought it I don't. After speaking with my professor he suggested that I see a psychiatrist for an evalution and read about the diagnosis so I can go into the office informed. Well I did yesterday and low and behold, I was diagnosed with ADHD and placed on Adderall xr 20mg a day.

All I can see is that you have absolutely noting to lose by talking with a professional. You are not crazy, airheaded, or uncaring. There are definitely treatments to help with symptoms. The first step is recognizing it. Good luck to everyone!!
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Re: College Student -"I think I have ADHD..."

Nice share, I will be going of to college soon. and hope i get properly diagnosed soon.
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Re: College Student -"I think I have ADHD..."

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I think there are many productive people out there who don't realize that school is a lot harder for them than it should be - I was certainly in that boat. I started looking into ADHD because of social problems that I didn't seem to be growing out of - talking to loud and fast, not being able to stay on topic, and not being able to wait my turn in conversations. It wasn't until later that I realized just how hard I had to work in school. I'm on medication now and the results are amazing and my grades have soared!! I'm actually halfway enjoying school now.


I just wish that I'd been diagnosed BEFORE my senior year of college...
Hi Phyra- I can totally relate to this...I looked around in my final year of school and wondered to myself, why is this so much harder for me than my peers? I would leave everything for the last minute, I couldn't ever get my thoughts straight or be as effortless in my organization of papers as other students. Everything seemed like more of a task/chore. I felt like I spent more time getting assignments done to just say they were done, and not any time "learning". I made the decision to go to graduate school and I knew I had to get an assessment done because I did not want to jeopardize this new program.
So this summer I went to a psychologist and this week I was officially diagnosed. I have to meet with my family doctor to discuss medication, but I feel so much better knowing that there is a reason I was feeling like it was such a struggle. I am looking forward to addressing this and hopefully, I will see a change come this September.
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Re: College Student -"I think I have ADHD..."

Badda bing, this is what I want! Read this in a post on this site! "Dr. Theodore Mandelkorn of Seattle says that ADDers on (proper) "medication IMPROVE their attention span, concentration, memory, motor coordination, mood,and on-task behavior. At the same time they DECREASE daydreaming, hyperactivity, anger, immature behavior, defiance, and oppositional behavior. Medical treatment allows intellectual capabilities that were already present to function more appropriately." College would be so much more enjoyable as well as work and daily personal interactions!
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Hi Phyra- I can totally relate to this...I looked around in my final year of school and wondered to myself, why is this so much harder for me than my peers? I would leave everything for the last minute, I couldn't ever get my thoughts straight or be as effortless in my organization of papers as other students. Everything seemed like more of a task/chore. I felt like I spent more time getting assignments done to just say they were done, and not any time "learning". I made the decision to go to graduate school and I knew I had to get an assessment done because I did not want to jeopardize this new program.
So this summer I went to a psychologist and this week I was officially diagnosed. I have to meet with my family doctor to discuss medication, but I feel so much better knowing that there is a reason I was feeling like it was such a struggle. I am looking forward to addressing this and hopefully, I will see a change come this September.
I feel the same as you! I could not understand why everything was SO hard! I will be going back to my Dr. next week to discuss medication , i do hope that next semester will be so much better and that graduate college will be enjoyable for me. Best of luck to you!
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