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Posted 5/1/14 , edited 5/1/14
ADD is a bitch, i can't even read the op
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Posted 5/1/14
I dont have any, but I know some friends that have ADD and ADHD and they are smart people. They learn what they wanna elarn but they seem to tune out things that other people put them on.
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I have ADHD inattentive type, the official diagnosis for ADD. I also possibly have Asperger's (all tests I took said it was very likely when I went through testing but I never took the one that would say for sure). I have depression and anxiety. Depression was diagnosed when I was 15 but the others when I was 19, last year.

Upsides: I can understand where people are coming from in depression scenarios with self harm and suicide. I can focus on a few things at once, and it's fine if there's background noise as long as it's not too loud... I actually focus better if I have music or a movie or tv show playing. I have a high IQ and caught on really fast, I love math. I love writing and reading, and making things happen outside my head.

Downsides: I have troubles with procrastination, being distracted from doing something (say I'm cleaning, and find a book... I sit down and read the book)... Sarcasm sometimes goes over my head, as do jokes and even figures of speech, though I've managed to train myself somewhat to understand, some still get around me. I'm not in school right now, despite doing great in high school and taking AP courses with the lowest score I got being a 3 because I was burnt out from trying to manage something I didn't realize I had. I have trouble even filling out applications. I don't have much of a filter on my mouth/brain, sometimes revealing things maybe I shouldn't about myself. And one of the biggest problems? Any temper tantrums as a kid, and any time I freak out and start crying over something now, those are meltdowns but my mom sees/saw them as me having a temper tantrum and not wanting to learn/do it. If she'd just explain it in small doses and let me comprehend it before moving on instead of overwhelming me... things would be easier on both of us.

I don't think people should treat kids with ADHD/aspergers/anything as completely different or stupid. But at the same time, because ADHD and Aspergers are learning disorders, there does need to be some compensation for the kids to help them learn easier. I know I would've loved to have teachers who understood that taking notes did nothing for me, and that I needed to just sit and do homework with the textbook as reference to learn and for it to stick in my head.

At the same time though, there are so many parents who use it to excuse their kids behavior when they shouldn't. They demand totally special attention where the kid doesn't need it. But there is also a fine line between accommodating a kid who has meltdowns but seems like misbehavior and letting a kid believe that some of those behaviors are okay... It's a complicated topic. I know that I would've been happy just having teachers that knew and understood and didn't dock me for not doing something that wouldn't help me (aka taking notes).

Have I overcome my problems? Well, any disorder is really hard to get over since there tends to be something wrong with the brain in those cases. My depression is managed partially through medicine, and I have made lots of improvements in the last year. I don't take medicine for my other problems. I'm too used to the way I think to want to take medicine for ADD that apparently makes it easier to focus. Asperger's... well it's high functioning autism, and aside from being sensitive to light sound and scents (which cause migraines), it's not too bad I think... Well, not understanding sarcasm and jokes can be embarrassing especially with how much my family does both. Asperger's is a big part of my anxieties, however... and those are the things I'm most at a loss to deal with. Anxiety about not filling something out correctly, about saying the wrong thing in public, about people not liking me, about not having money, about ever finishing my novel, about calling people (yes, that is a problem with me), about having to conform to society when that would just make my depression worse... But with my boyfriend's help I am slowly but surely getting over them. I wouldn't be nearly as... put together as I am without him.
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Posted 5/2/14
Officially, I've been diagnosed with ADD, Attention Deficit Disorder, but I don't think I have it. I have never been on medication for it, and I can stay petty well focus on things.
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Posted 5/2/14
My mom tells me I was diagnosed with ADD at a young age, but she didn't put me on medicine. I don't really have any deficiencies I would attribute to it. I also wouldn't go so far as to say I owe any of my proficiencies to it either. For all I know I was misdiagnosed.

But it could just be my general lack of knowledge about the condition. I've decided that as long as I feel I am in control of how I am and what I do, and that I'm satisfied with it, I don't really feel the need to learn more about it.
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Posted 5/3/14
Body dismorphic disorder
social anxiety
a sexual disorder that i don't care to say
Bi-polar disorder
and that's just a few. Thankfully none of them are Severe as other peoples but they all pop up from time to time and completely change what i'm doing.
Some of them cause me to miss school, some cause me to hide in my room for weeks at a time, and then all of a sudden i' fine and OVERLY confident... it's random and i can't predict when they are going to happen.
Posted 5/4/14

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devouringdragons wrote:

I have social anxiety, it's a real pain but I can't really help it or do anything about it. :/


i have been diagnosed with that to and Aspergers but as for the anxiety disorder
you can take meds for them but it only helps and during the first couple of weeks things actually get worse before they get better




I took the medication for like a month but it really didn't help, like you said it made it worse and it gave me really bad headaches.
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Posted 5/4/14

Phersu wrote:


The bad side? ADD. Attention Deficit Disorder. I have trouble focusing on things, and I lose interest in things rather fast. Sometimes extremely fast. That whole quick learner thing? Would be fantastic without the lack of focus. But with the lack of focus and interest? I can never focus or stay interested long enough to become really good or even great at the things I try. This can be overcome, truthfully, with perseverance, training, and/or certain medicines. If you suffer from ADD, you'll know how hard it can be sometimes.


I have ADD, and this is pretty much me in a nutshell. I can't think of anything positive about it though.
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Posted 5/4/14 , edited 5/4/14
I have ADHD, Dysgraphia, Social Anxiety, Selective Mutism, Avoidant Personality Disorder and MDD
It's not really fun with the meds you have to take for some of these just leaving you physically drained, dull and leave you with headaches.
Just noticed how weird I sound with these disorders.
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Posted 5/4/14
I have asperger and dyslexia, but honestly... I don't think they affect me much!
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Posted 5/4/14
You don't wanna know...
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Wasn't ADD phased out in the mid-90s? Last I checked (back when DSM-4 was used) ADHD is divided in to three categories ADHD - Predominately Hyperactive (what was once called ADHD,) ADHD - Predominately Inattentive (what was once called ADD,) and ADHD - Combines (the victim suffers from both inattentiveness and hyperactivity.) I guess this is arguing semantics, but without a clear definition it is easy to confuse people and spread misinformation. Also, this information might only apply to US diagnosis (since the DSM is written by the APA,) so this information might not be applicable depending on where you live.
Posted 5/4/14

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Wasn't ADD phased out in the mid-90s? Last I checked (back when DSM-4 was used) ADHD is divided in to three categories ADHD - Predominately Hyperactive (what was once called ADHD,) ADHD - Predominately Inattentive (what was once called ADD,) and ADHD - Combines (the victim suffers from both inattentiveness and hyperactivity.) I guess this is arguing semantics, but without a clear definition it is easy to confuse people and spread misinformation. Also, this information might only apply to US diagnosis (since the DSM is written by the APA,) so this information might not be applicable depending on where you live.


It "phased out" in the mid-2000s in the US, a few years after my diagnosis. I remember, because I pitched a fit about suddenly being lumped in with Hyperactivity Disorder, because of the resultant confusion between the two.
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Posted 5/4/14

devouringdragons wrote:


steef4000000 wrote:


devouringdragons wrote:

I have social anxiety, it's a real pain but I can't really help it or do anything about it. :/


i have been diagnosed with that to and Aspergers but as for the anxiety disorder
you can take meds for them but it only helps and during the first couple of weeks things actually get worse before they get better




I took the medication for like a month but it really didn't help, like you said it made it worse and it gave me really bad headaches.


yes that is one of the much heard of side effects im lucky that im not experiencing it
but i have to stop drinking for a while and after that i cant drink that much anyways since medicine and alcohol don't mix wel
i just hope the medicine helps
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So for the people that have anxiety disorder: did the medicine not help at all? My anxiety has gotten worse with age and I'm really hoping medication helps.
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