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    This is me being completely honest, I dont want to undermine real disorders out there.

    I would describe myself as a reasonably smart person but I struggle to concentrate a lot. I got 6A*s at GCSEs mainly through just remembering things well and minimal revision, mostly from the day before. I also went to a good school then so theres that. I was consistently on top of the work and found it easy but I know that I should have got better.

    I now go to a college which is much more relaxed and I do A levels however I am procrastinating really badly and just struggle to work. I am aiming for the top unis but I just cant study and just keep on procrastinating. I start reading words and books or do work and I just end up losing concentration and procrastinating. I often cba with hw and even leave it until the train journey to school or make up a clever excuse. The thing is that I do really well in class and I understand stuff in class. I pick up stuff quickly and thats how I did reasonably okay in my AS mocks (ABBB). But I didnt revise. Do I have an attention disorder? Or is it just extreme procrastination which I can fight off? Are there people with similar experiences?

    Pls help, im really confused and upset about all this. Im a really ambitious person but I just cannot be bothered to do extra work and Im now falling behind a little in class. I procrastinate and end up sleeping at 1pm and fall asleep in school. Whats wrong with me?
    More info: Im not a social person tbh. I have friends but I dont go out to parties, shag girls or anything like that. I managed to delete instagram for the sake of revising and I still end up staying on my laptop doing the most random crap.
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    Anyone with experience in mental health or psychology pls help
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    (Original post by shortguyhelp)
    Anyone with experience in mental health or psychology pls help
    Why don't you just make a GP appointment for after school? They will be able to actually tell you.
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    (Original post by Glassapple)
    Why don't you just make a GP appointment for after school? They will be able to actually tell you.
    Im asian so theres a stigma attached to this kind of stuff. If I tell my parents i dont think theyll believe me and they think i study
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    (Original post by shortguyhelp)
    This is me being completely honest, I dont want to undermine real disorders out there.

    I would describe myself as a reasonably smart person but I struggle to concentrate a lot. I got 6A*s at GCSEs mainly through just remembering things well and minimal revision, mostly from the day before. I also went to a good school then so theres that. I was consistently on top of the work and found it easy but I know that I should have got better.

    I now go to a college which is much more relaxed and I do A levels however I am procrastinating really badly and just struggle to work. I am aiming for the top unis but I just cant study and just keep on procrastinating. I start reading words and books or do work and I just end up losing concentration and procrastinating. I often cba with hw and even leave it until the train journey to school or make up a clever excuse. The thing is that I do really well in class and I understand stuff in class. I pick up stuff quickly and thats how I did reasonably okay in my AS mocks (ABBB). But I didnt revise. Do I have an attention disorder? Or is it just extreme procrastination which I can fight off? Are there people with similar experiences?

    Pls help, im really confused and upset about all this. Im a really ambitious person but I just cannot be bothered to do extra work and Im now falling behind a little in class. I procrastinate and end up sleeping at 1pm and fall asleep in school. Whats wrong with me?
    More info: Im not a social person tbh. I have friends but I dont go out to parties, shag girls or anything like that. I managed to delete instagram for the sake of revising and I still end up staying on my laptop doing the most random crap.
    Attention disorders are something you would have been born with generally, do you feel you had no issues at all before starting college?
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    (Original post by shortguyhelp)
    Im asian so theres a stigma attached to this kind of stuff. If I tell my parents i dont think theyll believe me and they think i study
    If you're 16 then your GP can't tell your parents anything.
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    (Original post by claireestelle)
    Attention disorders are something you would have been born with generally, do you feel you had no issues at all before starting college?
    Back then I was arrogant but I revised just enough for me to do well. I cant really explain it either.

    I remember when I was younger, like 11 or so, I worked really hard. Now it's just been a blur. In my mind I think "okay you need to fix up make a timetable and catch up" but I just watched a fricking movie!!
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    (Original post by Glassapple)
    If you're 16 then your GP can't tell your parents anything.
    Alright I guess this is an option. I just dont want to look silly and get sent away
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    (Original post by shortguyhelp)
    Back then I was arrogant but I revised just enough for me to do well. I cant really explain it either.

    I remember when I was younger, like 11 or so, I worked really hard. Now it's just been a blur. In my mind I think "okay you need to fix up make a timetable and catch up" but I just watched a fricking movie!!
    so when you revised when you were younger you felt you could concentrate on revision?
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    (Original post by shortguyhelp)
    Alright I guess this is an option. I just dont want to look silly and get sent away
    What will be worse is if someone on the internet 'diagnoses' you with something you don't have, then makes you think and do things that will do you more harm than good. Go and see a doctor.
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    (Original post by claireestelle)
    so when you revised when you were younger you felt you could concentrate on revision?
    Yes but that was with my mum watching over me too. Now she works more so I am more independent and thats made me more laidback. I think i've always underperformed and never been to the best of my ability
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    (Original post by Glassapple)
    What will be worse is if someone on the internet 'diagnoses' you with something you don't have, then makes you think and do things that will do you more harm than good. Go and see a doctor.
    No I realise that but I just wanted to see if anyone else is in a similar position hence why I posted on a student forum
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    (Original post by shortguyhelp)
    Yes but that was with my mum watching over me too. Now she works more so I am more independent and thats made me more laidback. I think i've always underperformed and never been to the best of my ability
    If you feel it's always been an issue, then go see your gp, unfortunately any spld's need referrals to psychologists or psychaitrists so your gp isnt likely to give you an answer but its a start.
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    (Original post by claireestelle)
    If you feel it's always been an issue, then go see your gp, unfortunately any spld's need referrals to psychologists or psychaitrists so your gp isnt likely to give you an answer but its a start.
    Alright thanks. Thing is there is a bit of a cultural stigma with my parents where they think that because im smart im mentally sound too. I also feel like at the back of my mind im being silly and im just not motivated but im convincing myself to be
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    (Original post by shortguyhelp)
    Alright thanks. Thing is there is a bit of a cultural stigma with my parents where they think that because im smart im mentally sound too. I also feel like at the back of my mind im being silly and im just not motivated but im convincing myself to be
    Well you're 16 so you can get answers without your parents knowing realistically if that's what you wanted
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    (Original post by shortguyhelp)
    This is me being completely honest, I dont want to undermine real disorders out there.

    I would describe myself as a reasonably smart person but I struggle to concentrate a lot. I got 6A*s at GCSEs mainly through just remembering things well and minimal revision, mostly from the day before. I also went to a good school then so theres that. I was consistently on top of the work and found it easy but I know that I should have got better.

    I now go to a college which is much more relaxed and I do A levels however I am procrastinating really badly and just struggle to work. I am aiming for the top unis but I just cant study and just keep on procrastinating. I start reading words and books or do work and I just end up losing concentration and procrastinating. I often cba with hw and even leave it until the train journey to school or make up a clever excuse. The thing is that I do really well in class and I understand stuff in class. I pick up stuff quickly and thats how I did reasonably okay in my AS mocks (ABBB). But I didnt revise. Do I have an attention disorder? Or is it just extreme procrastination which I can fight off? Are there people with similar experiences?

    Pls help, im really confused and upset about all this. Im a really ambitious person but I just cannot be bothered to do extra work and Im now falling behind a little in class. I procrastinate and end up sleeping at 1pm and fall asleep in school. Whats wrong with me?
    More info: Im not a social person tbh. I have friends but I dont go out to parties, shag girls or anything like that. I managed to delete instagram for the sake of revising and I still end up staying on my laptop doing the most random crap.
    Generally, people with attention deficit disorders will experience an inability to concentrate in areas outside of the academic environment also, often disrupting their lives. Thats not to say that they don't go unnoticed - they do.

    From my experience, I asked myself this question too when I was studying for my A levels. I got A*s in all my GCSE subjects, but I procrastinated so hard in AS that I ended up with ABCD - D being in maths, my favourite subject. This led me to think that perhaps I had an attention deficit disorder. I never took this forward with my parents or a GP, because of stigma too. Looking back now, there is no way I had this type of disorder because my lack of concentration only affected my studies - I was able to focus well on procrastianting All it took was this kick up the backside (my results) to make me concentrate and I got an As (I didn't even drop maths because I knew that D wasn't representative of my ability)

    Sorry for rambling, but in my honest opinion you should evaluate your stakes. What will you lose if you don't work? It is your future tbh.
    However, everyone is different and if you feel like this is impacting your life, you need to see a GP and ignore the stigma. Your mental health is more important than that and don't forget, at your age you are entitled to confidentiality.


    Good Luck comrade
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    (Original post by Idkjustgoogleit)
    Generally, people with attention deficit disorders will experience an inability to concentrate in areas outside of the academic environment also, often disrupting their lives. Thats not to say that they don't go unnoticed - they do.

    From my experience, I asked myself this question too when I was studying for my A levels. I got A*s in all my GCSE subjects, but I procrastinated so hard in AS that I ended up with ABCD - D being in maths, my favourite subject. This led me to think that perhaps I had an attention deficit disorder. I never took this forward with my parents or a GP, because of stigma too. Looking back now, there is no way I had this type of disorder because my lack of concentration only affected my studies - I was able to focus well on procrastianting All it took was this kick up the backside (my results) to make me concentrate and I got an As (I didn't even drop maths because I knew that D wasn't representative of my ability)

    Sorry for rambling, but in my honest opinion you should evaluate your stakes. What will you lose if you don't work? It is your future tbh.
    However, everyone is different and if you feel like this is impacting your life, you need to see a GP and ignore the stigma. Your mental health is more important than that and don't forget, at your age you are entitled to confidentiality.


    Good Luck comrade
    Alright thanks bro. I appreciate you for sharing your story.

    The thing is that I do research my career options and unis but I just cba to work. Maybe im just so arrogant but I definitely need to change and you've given me motivation. Thanks
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    Alright thanks bro. I appreciate you for sharing your story.

    The thing is that I do research my career options and unis but I just cba to work. Maybe im just so arrogant but I definitely need to change and you've given me motivation. Thanks
    Haha, np. Trust me I know the feels, everyone told me I was over confident when I flopped AS, (And maybe I was, but mostly I just got bored) but yeah, use the possibility of failure to motivate you
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    (Original post by shortguyhelp)
    This is me being completely honest, I dont want to undermine real disorders out there.

    I would describe myself as a reasonably smart person but I struggle to concentrate a lot. I got 6A*s at GCSEs mainly through just remembering things well and minimal revision, mostly from the day before. I also went to a good school then so theres that. I was consistently on top of the work and found it easy but I know that I should have got better.

    I now go to a college which is much more relaxed and I do A levels however I am procrastinating really badly and just struggle to work. I am aiming for the top unis but I just cant study and just keep on procrastinating. I start reading words and books or do work and I just end up losing concentration and procrastinating. I often cba with hw and even leave it until the train journey to school or make up a clever excuse. The thing is that I do really well in class and I understand stuff in class. I pick up stuff quickly and thats how I did reasonably okay in my AS mocks (ABBB). But I didnt revise. Do I have an attention disorder? Or is it just extreme procrastination which I can fight off? Are there people with similar experiences?

    Pls help, im really confused and upset about all this. Im a really ambitious person but I just cannot be bothered to do extra work and Im now falling behind a little in class. I procrastinate and end up sleeping at 1pm and fall asleep in school. Whats wrong with me?
    More info: Im not a social person tbh. I have friends but I dont go out to parties, shag girls or anything like that. I managed to delete instagram for the sake of revising and I still end up staying on my laptop doing the most random crap.
    It's worth seeing a doctor about. They can send you to a specialist who will be able to diagnose you if you do have an attention disorder or anything like that.
    I only found out I had ADD and Dyslexia just before starting uni. Only came up cos I was seeing a psych for other stuff. It's pretty common to only notice issues like that later in life (starting college/ uni/ work are common triggers) when you start having to do more things independently and there's more pressure on you.

    For me I think it was when I actually had to start doing reading rather than just skating by on an ability to pick up basic concepts. Once I started looking into it more I realised that there were indications when I was younger, but because I was smart learning disabilities and attention disorders were never really on the radar.

    Anyway, my point is it's totally possible to only be noticing now and if you have a hunch, follow it. You don't have to tell your parents about it, you can always make something up for seeing people if you need to, but I like to think that parents are willing to challenge their perceptions for their children and will accept them no matter what.

    Oh btw, you may want to look into different learning styles and see how you could use that to help you. If you do well in class, it may be that you learn better from interactive learning or listening than you do reading. You can try to make your revision interactive or use programmes ike dragon to get your computer to read things outloud to you. I personally found that just writing and reading in colour helps me because my eyes don't do well with black on white (dyslexia). You've obviously managed to work around any issues you may have until now so try to think about what makes you tick and how your brain works and what you can do to help your process. There's some guidance online if you google around, just remember that your brain is individual so what works for others may not work for you.

    Mental health issues like stress, anxiety and depression can also cause issues concentrating as can vitamin deficiencies and other physical health issues, so you may want to look into those a little to see if any of them make sense.
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    (Original post by claireestelle)
    Attention disorders are something you would have been born with generally, do you feel you had no issues at all before starting college?
    Not really... For example ADHD is a developmental disorder.
 
 
 
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