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How do I know if I have ADD?

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Hello,

I was wondering if I have it. I tried getting a test or something from my mental healthcare but for some reason I have not been able to.

I know I have difficulties focussing. I always get distracted and want to do many things at the same time, and when I want something, I want it NOW. I'm unable to keep interested in projects over the long term. For instance, when making games I have to make sure the project is very short, say, I can finish the game in a week or two weeks tops or I will lose motivation to never turn back to the project again. Often because I totally lose motivation and interest and the shinyness has worn off and I'm off to a new idea.

I need - but hate - to work in a controlled environment. Freelancing for example, is probably not for me. I would not be able to work consistently and keep myself motivated and be disciplined. I'm (too much of) a thinking man, but can also be very impulsive. I've worked many factory/warehousing jobs but these jobs were so repetitive in tasks I couldn't take it anymore. Even though I didn't have any money saved, to cover the gap, I'd still quit the job myself. That's how bad it was. I just couldn't mentally handle the endlessness of the tasks. 

I'm actually a creative person. I'd be working and applying to creative jobs if I had the self-esteem to work as a creative professional. I'm also missing several skills required to work as a graphics designer, for which I need to study but you guessed it - no discipline to finish a course nor practise myself. Purchasing the course was easy, with my impulsive mind. Getting excited is easy. But finishing things...

This leaves me thinking I will never amount to be the person I want to be in life. Which fuels my depression even more and gives me suicidal thoughts.

Anyway back on track, what do you guys think?

Regards

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Just gonna say this real quick: I'm not diagnosed either, but I'm pretty sure I have ADHD. I have a lot of the same symptoms, including increased hyperactivity and attention deficiency which is the suckiest thing ever. I'm no doctor, but I think you may also have ADHD. My friend is on medication, and I don't recommend it, as it slows your heart rate down a little, relaxing you, but also causing drowsiness. I don't take medicine (I despise pills), I just make my best attempts at staying away from coffee, chocolate, and anything with a lot of sugar. Anyways, cheers, and you got it :)

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