(Closed) Adult Attention Disorders? Anyone here can shed some light?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Adult ADD is a very real thing and I have it. I was on meds for while but I also have Depression and we just haven’t found a good balance between the two. So, until I can mind a combo that works I just remember that I do do things in a weird way but as long as they are done, and done well, in the end I will be okay! Mr. Hedgie has to be patient with me and I just have to keep reminding myself at work of the important task at hand.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@TheJeanses2012: Me too! But remember, you aren’t alone and if you ever need anyone to vent to over the frustrations and headaches that adult ADD causes, I am here! I have been through it all so I certainly understand!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House

You sound very much like me. I always am thinking “what’s next?!?” and have diagnosed adult ADHD-combined type. I take Dexedrine, which is amazing… But can make me be a little bit OCD about the tasks I’m doing. 

I would get tested. My diagnosis is the only reason I’m in grad school. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

My husband was just recently diagnosed with Adult ADHD and is now on adderall.  I definitely think you should go in and get tested.  My husband has had a lot of the same things as you.  He’s incredibly intelligent so his doctor said his mind was able to find a way to work around his ADHD issues, but he’s a “classic case” as his doctor has said.

Now that he’s on aderall he’s says it helps him so much more at work.  He can focus and is able to concentrate instead of being all over the place.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

One of my undergraduate professors told me I have ADHD and that’s how the whole thing began for me.  I was tested and big surprise, I have adult ADHD.  Actually, I had ADHD as a child too but I just didn’t know it, nor did my parents. It certainly does explain a lot about why I was always in trouble at school or couldn’t stay focused long enough to take exams.

Like you, I do my best work standing which allows me to fidget and move around.  I used to be on medication but I chose to stop.  It’s been hard but at least I don’t feel like a zombie anymore. 

Since I was diagnosed I have been seeing a therapist.  It has helped me realize that I’m not stupid or ignorant, I just learn differently.  Sometimes it takes me longer to grasp a concept or finish a project, but by no means does it mean I’m dumb or lazy.  And finally I have a medical reason for all this crazy hyperness.  My mom used to say “Do you have to go to the bathroom?  You’re doing the peepee dance.” because I would always be jiggling a leg or bouncing up and down.  When she called attention to my hyperactivity I would become self-concious because no one else was bouncing around.  

It can’t hurt to get tested.  In fact, it might actually bring you a little peace as it did for me.  =)

 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House

@TheJeanses2012: Don’t be worried about the drugs, because some people are saying they make them feel weird.  They kinda do, but it depends on the drug.  For example, the one time I took adderall in high school… I did homework for 11 hours straight and didn’t pee or move or talk or get up or anything.  Clearly not the right drug for me. 

Now with my dexedrine, I started at only 5 mg a day, and am now on around 40 mgs a day.  I have to watch it because if I don’t take it one day (or even for a week) and then take the 40 mgs, I will be very very focused.  I have to build back up to the dose, because it gets out of your system. If i take my full 40mgs a day… I may be a little quiet (and not as “fun” as I am, off of it), but I am focused and can actually complete tasks. 

I think the biggest “drug hurdle” for me was that I had to accept that when I take the medication, I’m “normal” – aka I’m not being loud and fun and obnoxious.  It took a little while for me to see that the drugs weren’t making me a zombie…. its just I am a crazy, loud, hyperactive individual when I’m not on the drugs.

Good luck and if you ever need anything feel free to PM me!   

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

@TheJeanses2012:  I’m like you.  I hardly ever take any medicine, even ibuprofen or something for a headache. I don’t even like to take multivitamins lol.  So it was a HUGE deal to me to be put on ADHD meds.  It took a long time to get the dose correct and my therapist and I went through a bunch of different types of drugs as well.  The only one that worked was Adderall.  But let’s face it, for people like you and I, we know when drugs are in our system so it never feels quite right, even if it does work as it is supposed to.

I actually wrote about what I do now that I’m not on meds on this thread a little while ago.  Hope you don’t mind if I copy/paste it here for you.

I was on meds for several years.  I recently stopped because I just didn’t want to be on them anymore.  What really helps me is being able to release my hyperactivity.  One way I do this is by using a standing desk in my home office.  It allows me to fidget and move around but still work at the same time. 

Another thing that helps is something Fiance calls “burst work”.  I work on something for a set period of time, say 20 minutes, then I take a quick break to walk to the mailbox or make some tea.  Anything that will be a change of scenery from the work environment.  But I have to make sure I limit the time of these breaks or else I get too distracted and can’t get back to work.  Then I work for another burst and then another quick break.  Even just walking from my office upstairs down to the kitchen or into the backyard and then walking back upstairs to the office can be considered a “break”. 

When I know I am going to be doing a lot of writing or tied to the computer all day I put on some background music.  It has to be music with no words.  I end up sort of ignoring it but that makes me focus more on the work.  (I know, it doesn’t make sense when I read this myself, but that’s just how it works for me, lol.)

 

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