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I feel like I am in an uphill struggle to get my doctors to see that I have ADHD. All my symptoms blend with anxiety, depression and ADHD, but all the treatments for anxiety and depression don't seem to pan out. I believe the stigma of ADHD is holding my doctors back from diagnosing me. Anyone, that has been diagnosed with adult ADHD, have any advice? 

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i have been diagnosed wtih adhd as a child and add as an adult. advice is to be honest, see a psychologist and have an ADD test done and present it to your doctor or see a psychiatrist and get a script that way.

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diagnosed as an adult with adhd. tested at age 21. i showed signs as a child but they didnt know anything in the early 80s. i have a comment on my grade1 report card: "****** likes to have instructions repeated especially for her."

get tested if possible. then your docs can suck it.

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I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 3 or 4 and put on pills. Usually you do not diagnose a kid with ADHD until they are in school usually first grade so about 8 years old but I was a very special case. I am still diagnosed with ADHD to this day. First of all I heard that it is more common to have ADD as an adult rather than ADHD, because my Psychiatrist said the Hyperactivity usually goes away once an adult. But that isn't the case for all people and definitely not the case for me.

My advice is to find things that help you concentrate and not get up or down a lot. So far me I chew gum, or play with things in my hand, I also sometimes have to doodle to be able to pay attention. I would just try different things until they work for you.

I would also tell your doctor about the symptoms you are having and then they can tell you what they think. But remember a regular doctor doesn't have much knowledge into this stuff. A Psychologist is better for diagnosing and giving you the right treatment.

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I’ve had a few different psychiatrists theorize that I might have ADHD. I never quite took it seriously until I finally looked into it myself. What most struck a chord with me when I looked over the symptoms is the aggressiveness, and explosive frustration you feel have when discouraged. I never had a teacher as a child suggest I might have ADD, even though I did quite poorly in school until I was in the sixth grade. This seems especially strange considering I was a kid in the late 90s-early 2000s when ADD was a hot topic. 

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On 1/9/2019 at 11:51 AM, Rattler6 said:

I think that it is something that is over-diagnosed.  Especially in young men.  I was diagnosed with it but it was later ruled a false diagnosis. 

this.

furthermore, the actual diagnostic criteria for adult ADD is woeful. (to be fair this is true of a lot of mental illnesses)

the better question is "to what end do you want a positive diagnosis?" . if it's just for the medication, you can literally just keep shopping till you find a pdoc who will prescribe (it won't be a long search).

OP is correct in that many of these symptoms overlap between a variety of mental illnesses - it almost doesn't matter whether you "actually" have ADD, you just need to identify the symptoms you want relief from and find the appropriate help you need for them.

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I was treated for depression for years with different medications that seemed to settle things for awhile then they didn't work anymore. Changing the meds, changing the doses, etc. Then one day I asked my regular general practice Dr if ADD could be inherited, since my child was ADD. He said it can be. I told him what's been going on and he set me up with a psychiatrist to be tested at the age of 44. 

My test results came back as me not only having ADD, but ADHD also. I was unaware someone could be both. 

I went on ADD medication and off of depression medication and it's been a huge difference in my life. 

I wonder how many other middle aged women are like me.  Am I am oddball ?

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I was diagnosed with ADHD 2 weeks ago and felt that I wasn't really having that kind of disorder. I admit, ever since I was a kid, I am very much talkative and hyperactive. I never thought that it would be some kind of disorder. Would like to have a second opinion from another doctor yet consultation's a bit expensive. Any recommendation?

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I'm almost 60. Its been a while since I was diagnosed with ADHD, of course its difficult to have this kind of disorder not because I'm old now but because of the financial allocation to be able to get better. Thanks to my children who we're always there and been taken care of me up until now. I never let my pain take over me, I always see to it to have positive perspective in life as always as possible.

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I had an official diagnosis when I was in kindergarten or early elementary school.  It has been over diagnosed.  Probably so the drug companies can make more money.  When I was in high school it was ruled a false diagnosis.  If you can play video games or sports for hours then apparently you do not have it.  I had a classmate who very likely had it and said they were diagnosed. 

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On 10/17/2016 at 10:43 AM, Natasha1 said:

"****** likes to have instructions repeated especially for her."

Not exactly and insightful teacher.  Kids with severe hearing deficits are often selfish like that too.  Sheesh.

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i was first diagnosed with ADD/ADHD when I was around 13 year old. My foot used to bounce upside down. And the attention used to switch from one point to another within a gap of a few seconds. It was just like people, things used to fade in and out of my focus. This was just like a snipped of my ADHD Symptoms. My doctor recommended a lot of medications to start with my journey of a healthy lifestyle. And recently he added pet therapy to that. Since, then there is no looking back for me. It's not that everything was going smoothly all of a sudden. Things went smooth after a certain period of time.

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