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Margerie Dawes
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A number of people have suggested I might have ADHD I do sometimes get distracted very easily although sometimes I can keep focus for hours, writing essays for example. Academically I have always underachieved I got straight As at GCSEs but could have done better and at A level I dropped down on questions even though I knew the answer simply because I was 'stressed', I now think it is more to do with lack of focus. I know some people think this a made up condition but my real question is are there any solutions such as medication, herbal etc which actually work effectively without messsing you up also I would be interested to hear of peoples experiences with it. I may go to the doctor but am reluctant as it may be wasting his time since I am now out of education and its not seen as a proper condition by many, cheers
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Are you male or female, because it's much rarer in girls. To be honest if you can keep focus for hours then I doubt you have it. And I wouldn't call staight As under-achieving...
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(Original post by Margerie Dawes)
A number of people have suggested I might have ADHD I do sometimes get distracted very easily although sometimes I can keep focus for hours, writing essays for example. Academically I have always underachieved I got straight As at GCSEs but could have done better and at A level I dropped down on questions even though I knew the answer simply because I was 'stressed', I now think it is more to do with lack of focus. I know some people think this a made up condition but my real question is are there any solutions such as medication, herbal etc which actually work effectively without messsing you up also I would be interested to hear of peoples experiences with it. I may go to the doctor but am reluctant as it may be wasting his time since I am now out of education and its not seen as a proper condition by many, cheers
Have you tried dust?

Definitely see your doctor and emphasise every little thing.
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I'm a boy and I don't mean by the word 'underachieved' I did badly I mean for the amount of work I did
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(Original post by Margerie Dawes)
A number of people have suggested I might have ADHD I do sometimes get distracted very easily although sometimes I can keep focus for hours, writing essays for example.

To begin with, it's best to avoid self-diagnosis (or listening too much to other people who attribute minor personality quirks to complicated conditions).

The diagnostic process for ADHD is not particularly simple; the first point of reference would be to see your GP, who will, if he thinks it's warranted, refer you to a specialist. A diagnosis is usually made by a psychiatrist who has made ADHD/ADD his specialism. Specialists are in very high demand, so the waiting list can be several years on occasion (I think, in fact, that there are only a few major centres in the country dealing with it: Addenbrooke's and King's College London come to mind). Generally several experts may be involved in the process: you may be referred to some sort of counsellor or psychologist in the mean time who will help you develop coping strategies and make small changes in your life.

The drug treatments are very effective for genuine ADHD (though they can make things worse if you're not suffering from ADHD); they are all stimulants of one sort or another, usually amphetamine, dextroamphetamine, or methylphenidate (speed in other words).

The British Medical Journal has put together an excellent site with details of various conditions and the best evidence-based treatments available; the ADHD page is worth a look: http://www.besttreatments.co.uk/btuk...ons/10235.html.

It's worth bearing in mind that if you've made it to adulthood without its being diagnosed (although you may very well have it), you've probably developed very effective coping strategies, and may even be able to turn the condition, if you have it, to your advantage. So treatment may ultimately turn out to be unnecessary. All you can really do at this stage is go to your GP, who will begin the process.
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My ex boyfriend is seventeen had ADHD and from what you said it doesn't sound like you do.
He could not apply himself at all and ended up doing really badly in his GCSEs because he couldn't concentrate.
He had a short attention span and used to fidget all the time, and couldn't apply himself to even take down notes, and he was really sarcastic all the time. If I was ever feeling upset he could never listen to me long enough to reassure me, and I found it really hard.

It is possible that you may just be bored with what you're doing which is why you can't apply yourself, or might have a visual disorder with your eyes because visual problems can affect concentration.

Maybe you're finding that you're stressed because you're putting to much effort into school and not relaxing enough? Do you have a good balance?

Obviously go to the doctors if you think it's not too good as they're there to help
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