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ADD/ADHD SYMPTOM CHECKLIST FOR ADULTS

  • Being organized is simply not your forte.
  • It takes a while before starting a given task.
  • Not able to complete any projects while working on them.
  • Most of the decisions are taken on impulse. There is not much planning or thought into it such as spending money, changing plans, relationships, and many more.
  • You tend to get bored easily.
  • You put a lot in an effort, but nothing seems to be going your way.
  • You often lose interest when people are talking to you.
  • When you get stuck in things or work, it gets impossible to get out or find solutions.
  • You are very much impatient or get frustrated easily when things donít go your way.
  • You have an issue of low-self esteem.
  • You tend to say things which often get you in trouble.
  • You make your own rules or procedures instead of obeying the rules made by others.
  • You often find yourself tapping a pencil, swinging my leg, or doing something else to work off nervous energy.
  • You make a lot of careless mistakes.
  • You have a family history of ADD/ADHD or substance use.
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Once being diagnosed with ADHD, which I am not convinced I have (at least not to the worst degree), I found that meds were only helpful in conjunction with other treatment options (ex other meds for treating depression and anxiety) and a specific set of tasks and goals.

I am organized, but easily get distracted from my current task (if I have one at the time) and sometimes completing a project takes a long time, mostly so if there is no specific date to finish by. To avoid added pressure, I will draw those projects out for as long as I need to. I do get bored easily but only when overwhelmed with too much going on (maybe a concentration problem). I loose interest in other peoples interests and sometimes find it difficult to follow a conversation. I have had low-self-esteem and it creeps up on me sometimes. I often say things that are misunderstood by others (I don't know if that one counts). I do like making my own rules, but like to know what the general rules are more. I often find ways to work off nervous energy and plan to do so in uncomfortable situations I can't avoid. My mistakes are carefully careless in that I prioritize what is important to me and where I want to focus my energy. Other people may see this as lazy or annoying, I see it as efficient (for me), but understand this type of behavior doesn't fly well in a group or shared environment. I guess that is something I need to work on. I am very particular about my organization for this reason

My ADD/ADHD test was low indicating that ADD/ADHD was likely. I am not sure I understand the difference between the two.
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But this isnt a test...
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I modified the list to suit me.

Being organized is simply not my forte.
It takes sometimes several years before starting a given task.
Just as hard stopping than starting when really into it, inability to take breaks.
I plan way too much and think about every outcome of every decision. I have to be prepared, I need a heads up weeks in advance with some stuff.
I tend to get bored easily, at times, at times I'm amazed by every little thing that no one finds cool.
I learned to not put in so much effort, because nothing seems to be going my way.
I often lose interest when people are talking to me if they go on about really boring things or repeating themselves, say it once and it's done. But I have the magic to only hear a few words here and there and understand exactly what they said, it was a good skill at school so I could both be present mentally and not at the same time.
When I get stuck in things or work, I ask my friend who is creative, sometimes I come up with cool solutions myself. Things can usually be solved but I don't have the energy.
I get frustrated easily when things donít go your way, but I always smile and keep a good attitude.
I have an issue of high self esteem and feeling cursed that I can't seem to use my talents.
I sometimes say things which sometimes gets me in trouble, but sometimes it makes people think as well.
I make your own rules or procedures instead of obeying the rules made by others.
I sometimes find yourself tapping a pencil, swinging my leg, or doing something else to help me think better and because it feels good.
I don't make a lot of careless mistakes, I've worked hard on stopping being a perfectionist.
I might have a family history of ADD/ADHD, who knows, they didn't diagnose people when my parents were kids.
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I relate to a lot of this, especially with making my own rules and having trouble obeying other rules, ... but I could just be rebel ((oh but I am, but in a kind way)).
back in February 2018 I posted ramblings about a memory that I do forget.
In short- when I was a kid, my dad told me ADHD was a made up dx and that I just needed to try harder. This after having a test in elementary school from people. Etc etc etc.. was a kid and I don't recall it all.
What he said stuck with me so much. I don't believe him btw, I believe ADHD is real. but what he said has stuck with me. Just need to try harder, even when my best isn't good enough.

The last pdoc I saw, I mentioned "what about ADHD or ADD?"
I was told- "your always on time for appointments " ...
I felt so dismissed that I didn't go into the hell I was putting myself into at the time, to be on time ((so much anxiety, and core belief of always having to present myself))..
she went with the three diagnosis I keep getting adding on a fourth one. ((Which if I told her my hell, well it supported her opinion I'm sure)).

Strangely when reading more about bipolar, ADHD traits or common symptoms for both can be present in some.

However, Strangely my nephews , I'v been told are dx with ADHD...
Idk anymore, I wish there was still some thing more solid for everyone with testing and diagnosing.
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In my experience, many common symptoms are present in more than one diagnosis. And many symptoms are common simply because they are normal struggles.

I am not sure what "always being in time for your appointments" is do with ADHD, but for me, I like to be on time for my appointments. But, I also need the freedom to make that decision for myself. Understanding that freedom is a privilege, and wasting someone else time is rude. Don't blame yourself. Just because you weren't present, doesn't mean your absence of presence wasn't "the right thing to do".

I wish someone could explain to me how diagnosis change so frequently. Is diagnosis just a means to an end, or are they supposed to define who we are and what we have "been through". For what reasons? Like anyone else, I could not know that exactly. But, I need to feel safe, so I seek professional comfort.

I feel it is most important to treat symptoms at hand (this is a mental health forum, yes?). I prefer a straightforward approach, and need to feel in control of my mind and body. Therefore, I choose a natural approach. I also feel that if you are going to put your trust in a professional, it is important that you trust them and their professional opinion.

(ADHD) meds are not for me. I am glad I tried them. Working through symptoms helped me and I hope, may be a jumping off point for someone else. Thanks for listening
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AB2371,
I am not sure either what being on time had to do with it, .... I have Issues trusting others, even professionals due to - well - just one of my struggles and I don't want to ramble

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I hope this comes across ok enough:

From my understanding, diagnosis help doctors and professionals with treatment plans for a patient.
Or in another way to look at it : diagnosis are labels to better address symptoms that one is going through, in Hopes for better trearment plans and management of the symptoms or "issues " that the patient is having. For a better life.
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Of course that's my understanding.


I hope you the best!! And agree that addressing the symptoms goes a long way.
I also think education and understanding goes a long way too. ((Though if I could retain it all, all the time )).
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Yes, I am sure there is reason and use for labels. Also, I understand practicing professionals need to communicate patients' reactions (to meds and other treatments) for the benefit of the patient. I could stand to talk more about this subject, but here is not the place. Thank you for responding to my post
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Definitely nearly all of the above for me though I wonder what is overlap vs. distinct ADHD with bipolar (especially symptoms of hypomania/mania)? I am diagnosed with both, but how does the doctor decide it's ADHD and not only bipolar?
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