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Posted 8/9/10
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attention-deficit_hyperactivity_disorder

I've had it all my life:


Be easily distracted, miss details, forget things, and frequently switch from one activity to another
Have difficulty focusing on one thing
Become bored with a task after only a few minutes, unless doing something enjoyable
Have difficulty focusing attention on organizing and completing a task or learning something new
Have trouble completing or turning in homework assignments, often losing things (e.g., pencils, toys, assignments) needed to complete tasks or activities
Not seem to listen when spoken to
Daydream, become easily confused, and move slowly
Have difficulty processing information as quickly and accurately as others
Struggle to follow instructions.

Predominantly hyperactive-impulsive type symptoms may include:
Fidget and squirm in their seats
Talk nonstop
Dash around, touching or playing with anything and everything in sight
Have trouble sitting still during dinner, school, and story time
Be constantly in motion
Have difficulty doing quiet tasks or activities.

and also these manifestations primarily of impulsivity:
Be very impatient
Blurt out inappropriate comments, show their emotions without restraint, and act without regard for consequences
Have difficulty waiting for things they want or waiting their turns in games


How do you deal with the condition?

From an early age my parents made me do physically exhausting activities such as Taekwondo and Karate and it really helps! It helps me drain energy because its so cardiovascular and I could focus better. Sugar is banned from my diet aswell to help keep energy levels balanced. They also bought me a hyperactive dog so we could run together and help to keep me busy.

Share your stories.
Posted 8/9/10
Condition -_-
That offends me on so many levels.
The one thing I do to help is...
Nothing. -_-
I've made more friends than ever not even trying to "deal" with it.
I like being hyper and random.
How dare those doctors try to fix this.
Posted 8/10/10


I was on varying medications from the time I was 7 until I was 16.

During the 5th grade , i saw a therapist every other week , and was prescribed a different drug so often that i cant remember them all . I remember thinking that something must be really wrong with me , having to take all those pills , and seeing the psychiatrist (or was it psychologist ? i don't remember) . I was actually on Welbutrin for a while , before they classified it as a antidepressant . So many pills . The mood swings( from constantly switching medications) . My mother says that I'm one of the few men who understand what PMS is like. The other kids never quite got me , and I ended up being very anti social , and now only keep a select few , very close friends .

And then , there were the affects of no longer being medicated . It seems that the Dexedrine i had been taking had stabilized my metabolism . At the beginning of my 16th summer, I refused to be medicated anymore , and my parents agreed. At that time , I weighed 150lbs and was 5 foot 4 . In the following two months , my metabolism went haywire ,a nd I gained 80lbs . Yep , 150 to 230 in 2 months. Its also believed that it stunted both mine and my younger brothers growth. Him being 5'5" and me being 5'4" , while the youngest , who has never been medicated , is 5"9".

I still have problems with daydreaming , just zoning out and forgetting what I'm doing . It affects me at work , and degrades my performance ( the daydreaming). It's so bad that I'm afraid to learn how to drive , i fear I may start daydreaming and kill someone.

I' considering, after 13 years , getting medicated again , to hopefully improve my quality of life , but as it is, without a job or insurance , i cant afford it.

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Posted 8/10/10 , edited 8/10/10
I can't possibly express how much I hate the fact that such a thing as ADHD even exists. The "hyperactivity" part is just there to allow parents and doctors to medicate children for being overactive in order to make their own lives easier. Like Rina-San said it's fairly easy to deal with by providing your child with healthy avenues to vent their extra energy.

Having said that ADD on the other hand can be quite serious. I have personally been diagnosed with it fairly recently and it seems to account for most of the troubles I've had in my life. The first paragraph of symptoms from Rina-San's post describes me almost perfectly. I started taking meds for a while, but I hated how they made me feel and didn't work very well anyway, so I stopped. What I would like to know is how people deal with it. Do meds work to increase your concentration or do you have other ways of dealing with it?
Posted 8/10/10

SolemnMind wrote:

I can't possibly express how much I hate the fact that such a thing as ADHD even exists. The "hyperactivity" part is just there to allow parents and doctors to medicate children for being overactive in order to make their own lives easier. Like Rina-San said it's fairly easy to deal with by providing your child with healthy avenues to vent their extra energy.

Having said that ADD on the other hand can be quite serious. I have personally been diagnosed with it fairly recently and it seems to account for most of the troubles I've had in my life. The first paragraph of symptoms from Rina-San's post describes me almost perfectly. I started taking meds for a while, but I hated how they made me feel and didn't work very well anyway, so I stopped. What I would like to know is how people deal with it. Do meds work to increase your concentration or do you have other ways of dealing with it?


I was prescribed medication such as sedatives combined with something to help balance the Dopamine levels in the brain, I still have them but I only take them when it gets really out of hand. For example if I've accidentally eaten something filled with caffeine or sugar and can't control my behaviour then this helps me to get the balance back. I need the meds mostly in social situations where it is required to sit down for long periods of time, plane journeys that sort of thing. They relaxed me but they just make me feel sleepy which isn't good at all! Its definitely a last resort. I like to control it naturally with diet and exercise.

Physical Activity is very important and its really made a difference to my life. If I get the balance right and keep to a low-sugar low caffeine-diet and exercise I find I sometimes forget I have ADHD.
Posted 8/10/10

CupcakesandVodka wrote:

Condition -_-
That offends me on so many levels.
The one thing I do to help is...
Nothing. -_-
I've made more friends than ever not even trying to "deal" with it.
I like being hyper and random.
How dare those doctors try to fix this.


Yeah well it is a condition so...what do you want me to call it?

Yeah you're right about doctors controlling it. Bollocks to medication!! >_< Natural is the way forward!
Posted 8/10/10
Woah thats pretty deep stuff. Reading the wiki link helped me understand it better. My younger Brother has it but I never really pay attention he's just really naughty in school and stuff and hard to control around the house.
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Posted 8/10/10

Rina-San wrote:


SolemnMind wrote:

I can't possibly express how much I hate the fact that such a thing as ADHD even exists. The "hyperactivity" part is just there to allow parents and doctors to medicate children for being overactive in order to make their own lives easier. Like Rina-San said it's fairly easy to deal with by providing your child with healthy avenues to vent their extra energy.

Having said that ADD on the other hand can be quite serious. I have personally been diagnosed with it fairly recently and it seems to account for most of the troubles I've had in my life. The first paragraph of symptoms from Rina-San's post describes me almost perfectly. I started taking meds for a while, but I hated how they made me feel and didn't work very well anyway, so I stopped. What I would like to know is how people deal with it. Do meds work to increase your concentration or do you have other ways of dealing with it?


I was prescribed medication such as sedatives combined with something to help balance the Dopamine levels in the brain, I still have them but I only take them when it gets really out of hand. For example if I've accidentally eaten something filled with caffeine or sugar and can't control my behaviour then this helps me to get the balance back. I need the meds mostly in social situations where it is required to sit down for long periods of time, plane journeys that sort of thing. They relaxed me but they just make me feel sleepy which isn't good at all! Its definitely a last resort. I like to control it naturally with diet and exercise.

Physical Activity is very important and its really made a difference to my life. If I get the balance right and keep to a low-sugar low caffeine-diet and exercise I find I sometimes forget I have ADHD.


So basically your main issue is that you can't sit still long enough to concentrate on something. Personally while I can physically sit still for a long time it's my mind that drifts everywhere but the task I'm supposed to be doing. Also, when trying to read a book for school, college, or work, that isn't supposed to be entertaining I lose track after a while and it feels that even though I am technically reading and understanding everything my mind doesn't absorb or memorize the info, like it doesn't stick. Did you ever have this problem?
Posted 8/10/10

SolemnMind wrote:


Rina-San wrote:


SolemnMind wrote:

I can't possibly express how much I hate the fact that such a thing as ADHD even exists. The "hyperactivity" part is just there to allow parents and doctors to medicate children for being overactive in order to make their own lives easier. Like Rina-San said it's fairly easy to deal with by providing your child with healthy avenues to vent their extra energy.

Having said that ADD on the other hand can be quite serious. I have personally been diagnosed with it fairly recently and it seems to account for most of the troubles I've had in my life. The first paragraph of symptoms from Rina-San's post describes me almost perfectly. I started taking meds for a while, but I hated how they made me feel and didn't work very well anyway, so I stopped. What I would like to know is how people deal with it. Do meds work to increase your concentration or do you have other ways of dealing with it?


I was prescribed medication such as sedatives combined with something to help balance the Dopamine levels in the brain, I still have them but I only take them when it gets really out of hand. For example if I've accidentally eaten something filled with caffeine or sugar and can't control my behaviour then this helps me to get the balance back. I need the meds mostly in social situations where it is required to sit down for long periods of time, plane journeys that sort of thing. They relaxed me but they just make me feel sleepy which isn't good at all! Its definitely a last resort. I like to control it naturally with diet and exercise.

Physical Activity is very important and its really made a difference to my life. If I get the balance right and keep to a low-sugar low caffeine-diet and exercise I find I sometimes forget I have ADHD.


So basically your main issue is that you can't sit still long enough to concentrate on something. Personally while I can physically sit still for a long time it's my mind that drifts everywhere but the task I'm supposed to be doing. Also, when trying to read a book for school, college, or work, that isn't supposed to be entertaining I lose track after a while and it feels that even though I am technically reading and understanding everything my mind doesn't absorb or memorize the info, like it doesn't stick. Did you ever have this problem?


You have Attention Deficit Disorder not Hyperactive Disorder. Yours is more focused on the Attention Deficit part. I did have this problem but I managed to do alright in school, I found that practice made perfect. Forcing myself to work and not letting it control me.
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Posted 8/17/10
dont have ADHD but i get sugar rush often by just eating 2 cups of ice cream, or a starbucks grande, and etc.
they say i suddenly talk and talk and talk then jump from bed to floor, laugh more than needed and blurt out something non-sense.
and the next day they try to tell me what happened the day before, and i dont remember getting all crazy. srsly!
yes i know it sounds absurd but it true D:
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Posted 8/17/10
no im not..though i fit these descriptions:

Be easily distracted, miss details, forget things, and frequently switch from one activity to another
Have difficulty focusing on one thing
Become bored with a task after only a few minutes, unless doing something enjoyable
Have difficulty focusing attention on organizing and completing a task or learning something new
Have trouble completing or turning in homework assignments, often losing things (e.g., pencils, toys, assignments) needed to complete tasks or activities

im just bipolar..so.
i also think my memory is shrinking, idk but i easily lose/forget things...maybe this is a sign of alzheimers or what. It's just not normal. Im getting worser each year.
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Posted 8/17/10 , edited 8/17/10

CupcakesandVodka wrote:

Condition -_-
That offends me on so many levels.
The one thing I do to help is...
Nothing. -_-
I've made more friends than ever not even trying to "deal" with it.
I like being hyper and random.
How dare those doctors try to fix this.




ye how dare they try to make sure you might be able to focuss on something in the future.
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Posted 8/17/10
ADD and ADHD here, they aren't death sentences people, you CAN live with them. A lot of the time it's just a matter of finding an outlet for the extra energy, an after school sport or something. As for the paying attention in school? Hire teachers that are properly trained with auxiliary plans to deal with a kid with ADHD. Drugs should be a "last resort" thing.
Posted 8/17/10
Symptoms of, but not diagnosed. I have Tourette's Syndrome, though. Makes your inner child want to commit suicide.
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Posted 8/17/10
Well I deal with it like this, I do after school sports and i drink caffiene which makes me for calmer but we thought aout meds for me but cuz of my heart conditions i cant take any so yeah but becuz of ADHD i think differently than most people, ADHD is not a bad thing its just means were a little different and to me dont u think alot of anime charaters seem like ther have ADHD too XD
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