I just did an entire day of tests for ADD/ADHD

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most. annoying. test. possible. --> "letters will appear on the screen, hit the spacebar for everything that is not an x"

After decades of games where it was "shoot ANYTHING that pops on the screen ASAP" do you have any idea how much I hated that test (and rarely was unable to stop myself from not reacting to the x)? From what I was told after a lot of people with ADHD feel the same way.

Now to wait for my results. I have 5 weeks of grand jury duty starting Monday so it will be almost 2 months of waiting.
 

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I'm going in for a complete test in march; but they only want to do half a day to start because as she said 'we don't like to make adhd patients do a full day if we can avoid it] but this test is not just for that, but autism spectrum, and even, apparently, dyslexia and ocd and stuff.... I wouldn't be surprised if I was adhd/add but I'm more thinking I'm on the spectrum, and I know I'm dyslexic, though I don't think its severe....
 

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I'm going in for a complete test in march; but they only want to do half a day to start because as she said 'we don't like to make adhd patients do a full day if we can avoid it] but this test is not just for that, but autism spectrum, and even, apparently, dyslexia and ocd and stuff.... I wouldn't be surprised if I was adhd/add but I'm more thinking I'm on the spectrum, and I know I'm dyslexic, though I don't think its severe....
Different places do it different ways. My wife had two appointments of a half day each. Mine was half a day, a lunch break, then another two hours.

ADD/ADHD seems to commonly be comorbid with autism, including asperger's syndrome. When I was diagnosed with the latter I had written up a bio previously that theorized I had it and the person for this wanted to read it as well. I am also pretty sure I have adhd anyways as I was diagnosed as hyperactive as a kid [before adhd was used commonly] and put on ritalin.
 

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I never was - in the 60s and 70s, they just didn't seem to care about it; at least not in Georgia, or growing up an army brat. I either did brilliantly or horrifically in school; depending on how much of my grade depended on turning stuff in. And for most of that, I was in a small school without a lot of resources, or a really big, overcrowded one, without a lot of resources - but I've so many friends who are a lot like me, who have all been diagnosed with adhd/add
 

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I never was - in the 60s and 70s, they just didn't seem to care about it; at least not in Georgia, or growing up an army brat. I either did brilliantly or horrifically in school; depending on how much of my grade depended on turning stuff in. And for most of that, I was in a small school without a lot of resources, or a really big, overcrowded one, without a lot of resources - but I've so many friends who are a lot like me, who have all been diagnosed with adhd/add
The strategy I tend to take when wondering about something like ADD or ADHD is look it up on the web, often you can find an online quiz so you wind up thinking about it. The next step is introspection, like reading the formal diagnosis description and writing about why it does or does not resonate. Then going to a trained third party [a mental health professional] and getting their input.
 
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*throws in an explanatory rant*

ADD does not need to come with hyperactivitcy (in which case it becomes ADHD*), same cause can bring on different symptoms. Hyperactivity is just a possible symptom of a not typical brain wiring as found in ADD. There have even been somewhat successful attempts to train the hyperactivity away, but of course the cause for it, the ADD itself, cannot be removed. ADD is treatable, not cureable. The old wrong theory that ADD goes away on reaching adulthood is wrong, it will stay, however most adults with ADD have developed coping mechanisms while growing up, thus removing needs for therapy and medication. ADD however like autism comes in a spectrum, it's not binary as in on or off. Mild cases might need no therapy or medicamentation, severe cases might need both - even after growing up. What's best for an individual is better left to be determined by the specialists here, and as often a second opinion might not hurt.

Having said this you might not be surprised I am seriously disturbed by many ADD advices on the internet that run a "one solution fits all" policy.


*for this reason you will also often read AD(H)D instead of ADD to emphasize the text is about both manifestations, ADD without hyperactivity and ADD with
 
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*throws in an explanatory rant*

ADD does not need to come with hyperactivitcy (in which case it becomes ADHD*), same cause can bring on different symptoms. Hyperactivity is just a possible symptom of a not typical brain wiring as found in ADD. There have even been somewhat successful attempts to train the hyperactivity away, but of course the cause for it, the ADD itself, cannot be removed. ADD is treatable, not cureable. The old wrong theory that ADD goes away on reaching adulthood is wrong, it will stay, however most adults with ADD have developed coping mechanisms while growing up, thus removing needs for therapy and medication. ADD however like autism comes in a spectrum, it's not binary as in on or off. Mild cases might need no therapy or medicamentation, severe cases might need both - even after growing up. What's best for an individual is better left to be determined by the specialists here, and as often a second opinion might not hurt.

Having said this you might not be surprised I am seriously disturbed by many ADD advices on the internet that run a "one solution fits all" policy.


*for this reason you will also often read AD(H)D instead of ADD to emphasize the text is about both manifestations, ADD without hyperactivity and ADD with
Right, in simple terms both are ADD and it is just a matter of diagnosing if hyperactivity is there or not, but that, especially for an adult, takes a professional. I was diagnosed as hyperactive as a child though so that is a bit easier to work out as, as you say, it is not something you grow out of.
 

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Having said this you might not be surprised I am seriously disturbed by many ADD advices on the internet that run a "one solution fits all" policy.
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I've yet to see a one solution fits all for -anything- medical, or even much of anything at all period. But yeah....
Right, in simple terms both are ADD and it is just a matter of diagnosing if hyperactivity is there or not, but that, especially for an adult, takes a professional. I was diagnosed as hyperactive as a child though so that is a bit easier to work out as, as you say, it is not something you grow out of.
Ought to have quoted the earlier one, but... this works too - I did do an online quiz just because I was bored one day and it told me I had Asperger's, about 12 years ago, maybe? And I've watched people and read on it since, because that's what I do... I've also noticed I have a lot in common with friends of mine who -are- diagnosed with add, so if that turns up I won't really be surprised? I've just waited for this test until it was within budget.... probably should have gotten it done years ago, tbh.
 

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I've yet to see a one solution fits all for -anything- medical, or even much of anything at all period. But yeah....


Ought to have quoted the earlier one, but... this works too - I did do an online quiz just because I was bored one day and it told me I had Asperger's, about 12 years ago, maybe? And I've watched people and read on it since, because that's what I do... I've also noticed I have a lot in common with friends of mine who -are- diagnosed with add, so if that turns up I won't really be surprised? I've just waited for this test until it was within budget.... probably should have gotten it done years ago, tbh.
Probably the best online test I ever saw for anything was one that had questions but no set answers.
 
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