once i was told i had ADHD by doing tests back in high school i never thought any of it nor knew what it was but after researching it i 've come to find out maybe this is the reason why i find myself not being able to hold a steady job or wanting to work... ive lost touch with friends and family because i am not motivated to see or talk to anyone... i was never prescribed anything when i was given these tests back then because my parents figured i was just being lazy... but now i realize maybe there is something i should be worried about and maybe go see a professional before i dig myself in a hole and have no one to blame but myself... i would much appreciate your answers and/or thoughts... thank you much
These can be symptoms of adult ADD (ADHD has a hyperactive component) but they can also be signs of a depressive disorder. You should either talk to your primary care provider or ask for a referral to a psychiatrist. A psychiatrist will be able to diagnose whether it is adult ADD or whether it is a depressive disorder. There are medications for both that will give you your life back!!! I hope you find out and feel better soon. Feeling that way is no way to live!
There is NO test which would have proved you had ADHD and despite years of research there is still no clear cut test which proves ADHD exists, infact, the only brain dysfunction ever found in ADHD children comes from the drug treatment itself. The reason you are feeling the way you do could be caused by many different reasons. Maybe you are just at a crossroad in your life and don;t know which way to turn, but if you really want to change your life for the better the answer does not lie with taking drugs and if you visit a psychiatrist there is a 100% chance they will label you for life and drug you. It may be worthwhile being checked over by a proper medical doctor to rule out any physical causes of your symptoms and also make sure you are eating a very healthy diet. Try taking a good multivitamin supplement containing omega 3 and if possible ginseing.
Try to stay positive and take up a new hobby, maybe something you have not tried before, There are so many good things going on in the world , its not all bad and you must feel lucky that you have a home, food and your health AND also youth!! I really hope things get better . If they don,t see a professional homeopathic doctor. They have some excellent remedies.
I 100% agree with DzooBaby. It's best if you see a psychiatrist, he/she will help you work though the problems your having. I forgot stopdruggingkids was all knowing on how to handle this type of situation (dont listen to her) but like I said once before she is right about one thing, health is important. Lots of exercise also works wonders. I hope everything works out and remember to keep in touch!
Shawn, I think DZooBaby and caringsonbj, are on the right track with getting you some help. Thank you for your honesty about your feelings; and trying to be thorough in describing what you feel. Back in high school days, your parents should have immediately sought out help for you. Being labelled 'lazy' is one of the symptoms of ADD/ADHD. (I don't know your age, but when I was in school, they didn't even know what that was or that it existed. I-too was considered lazy, stared out the window a lot,etc. It wasn't until I accidentally came across a children's book in our Public Library, that I discovered it. All I could keep saying is that this book sounds JUST LIKE ME!!! ) Those symptoms could very well be ADD/ADHD; or that and something else along with it. (Mine wasn't alone. I also have Asperger's Syndrome.-Another difficult one to diagnose). Your best advice is to go see your Family Doctor and get checked out.
(If you don't have a Family Doctor, aka General Practitioner, ask around your friends, and see who comes up most recommended. You may get 2 or 3, try them individually, and see who you like best and go to that doctor). Of, you can choose to look through the listings in the Yellow Pages, and choose a Family Doctor. Anyway, get checked over to be sure there's nothing wrong physically, to cause those symptoms. I also suspect some depression in the description of your feelings. It can't hurt to get a recommendation for a psychiatrist-a certified doctor in mental health. Get that stuff checked out, and generally, get your life back. If the psych doctor wants to try you on an antidepressant, don't be afraid of it, or the diagnosis. They generally start on the mildest things, first; and the lowest possible dosage for you. There are many meds out there now; you just have to find what works for you. I will admit, there is still a stygma on having mental problems, but it's not nearly as bad as it used to be. Also, the more you talk about your problems with your family and closest friends, the more understanding you get for yourself AND from them, and support from them as well. The key there, is that it takes lots of understanding.The more you talk, the more it will help you.((If you talk to them about the underlying problems, you may find some forgiviness in store for you; and possibly restored relationships or friendships)). (Be sure to keep your psych doctor on the Human Level. They sometimes think they are 'better than' or that it can't happen to them. THAT is baloney! They are NOT 'better than' and it CAN happen to them). Also, be sure that all your doctors are working together, and that they ALL know ALL the meds and/or supplements you take-including stuff like vitamin water. I don't know where you live, but most states have some kind of MH/MR Center that you can go to, if you can't afford a psychiatrist on your own, or your insurance doesn't/won't cover it. (BTW, they are NOT allowed to make fun of or make light of your faith in God; or if you don't believe in God). (Most places, it's illegal for insurance NOT to cover mental illness anymore). Lots of luck to you, Shawn. I wish you well. Stay in touch. :)
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