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    I'm in total shock. I think I have ADD.

    My mother is both a pharmacist and a doctor, and I can't believe this has gone unnoticed for so long. I have back tracked through my entire life, and am convinced I have it.

    My three siblings and I learnt the violin as children. I stopped very early, as I couldn't concentrate, and would just fall asleep as soon as I picked up the violin. We always attributed to laziness, and I would laugh saying that I just didn't like it... But that was always a lie... I don't know where my mind went.

    I always forgot everything as a child. The biggest example being 'keys.' My family always makes jokes about me and keys, as I would lose them ALL THE TIME. In europe I lost a key around 30 cm long... and have no idea to this day where it went.

    My memory is horrible. I travelled around the entire world as a child, and have no idea about ANY of it... I was around 5-10 at the time.

    I don't remember doing anything at school. I have always gotton horrible grades... I would look on the board, and then... I don't know.
    Heres the thing. I am dedicated to learning... I have never missed a day of school in my life... but when I think about it... I haven't learnt anything.

    I started the first year of IB not knowing that two minuses make a plus. Yet I never missed any classes, and always listened.........

    Out of my year, I am the one who goes out the least. I never go out... I am always trying to learn, yet I can never work. Im always distracted...

    I start assignments, months... in one case, a year in advance. and ALWAYS end up staying up the night before and hand it in at the LAST second.


    I have always wanted to be a doctor.. Have put so much effort in... I'm almost scared of telling my mum ... She would probably be ashamed. She has put so much work into me....

    I am freaking out. But it makes so much sense.
    I have done ADD quizes all day long... I am yet to find one that doesnt say I have it.
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    Go see a ed psychiatrist ASAp. Get an official diagnosis. They'll put you on some stuff to help calm your mind down. You'll feel a lot better then.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I'm in total shock. I think I have ADD.

    My mother is both a pharmacist and a doctor, and I can't believe this has gone unnoticed for so long. I have back tracked through my entire life, and am convinced I have it.

    My three siblings and I learnt the violin as children. I stopped very early, as I couldn't concentrate, and would just fall asleep as soon as I picked up the violin. We always attributed to laziness, and I would laugh saying that I just didn't like it... But that was always a lie... I don't know where my mind went.

    I always forgot everything as a child. The biggest example being 'keys.' My family always makes jokes about me and keys, as I would lose them ALL THE TIME. In europe I lost a key around 30 cm long... and have no idea to this day where it went.

    My memory is horrible. I travelled around the entire world as a child, and have no idea about ANY of it... I was around 5-10 at the time.

    I don't remember doing anything at school. I have always gotton horrible grades... I would look on the board, and then... I don't know.
    Heres the thing. I am dedicated to learning... I have never missed a day of school in my life... but when I think about it... I haven't learnt anything.

    I started the first year of IB not knowing that two minuses make a plus. Yet I never missed any classes, and always listened.........

    Out of my year, I am the one who goes out the least. I never go out... I am always trying to learn, yet I can never work. Im always distracted...

    I start assignments, months... in one case, a year in advance. and ALWAYS end up staying up the night before and hand it in at the LAST second.


    I have always wanted to be a doctor.. Have put so much effort in... I'm almost scared of telling my mum ... She would probably be ashamed. She has put so much work into me....

    I am freaking out. But it makes so much sense.
    I have done ADD quizes all day long... I am yet to find one that doesnt say I have it.
    Long post for someone with ADD...
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    Drink coffee, keep your head down. You could get ritalin or something, but you might find coffee is better, plus long-term a lot healthier (nootropic, and protects against Alzheimer's!). I get pretty gormless as well, we all have gormless moments! It seems to be that most people who keep their heads down during their IB/A-levels or whatever are capable of getting the top grades. Just keep on top of everything, read over your notes every day, and see how it goes kid!
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    Yeah, your not lazy you have ADD. ADD is made up disorder. Stop being lazy and stop making up excuses. No excuses.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)

    I have always wanted to be a doctor.. Have put so much effort in... I'm almost scared of telling my mum ... She would probably be ashamed. She has put so much work into me....

    So why would ADD or ADHD stop you becoming a Doctor? I was diagnosed with it whilst at Med School. You get lots of help from the University but you must have assessment by relavent people first.

    I doubt your parents will be disappointed especially if you've got this far in the education system to date.
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    How could your mother not notice something like this?
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    (Original post by KimJong)
    Drink coffee, keep your head down. You could get ritalin or something, but you might find coffee is better, plus long-term a lot healthier (nootropic, and protects against Alzheimer's!). I get pretty gormless as well, we all have gormless moments! It seems to be that most people who keep their heads down during their IB/A-levels or whatever are capable of getting the top grades. Just keep on top of everything, read over your notes every day, and see how it goes kid!
    Coffee does not work. Coffee is a stimulant. I was diagnosed with ADHD as a kid (Massively calmed down over the last 5 years though). And trust me, caffeine could well mean that I would go on the biggest destruction spree ever, completely unable to focus.
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    i have a add and stoped taking medication when i was 10 to go it alone im now 17 and it has been the hardest time of my life...my grades have sufferd severly buuut on the bright side ive learnt or am learning how to control it hopw every thing works put 4 u xxx i wouldnt advise pills they make u feel like a druggy trust me!!! oooh do u no how to put piks on here??? hulla back x
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    (Original post by n0c0ntr0l)
    Coffee does not work. Coffee is a stimulant. I was diagnosed with ADHD as a kid (Massively calmed down over the last 5 years though). And trust me, caffeine could well mean that I would go on the biggest destruction spree ever, completely unable to focus.
    well, there's quite a spectrum for ADD. If you look at the OP, he seems to have 'attention deficit disorder', which colloquially is described as a bit gormless, y'know, and the kids just need to be a bit more alert.

    you say you have ADH(yperactivity)D, which is different. The OP doesn't sound to be at all hyperactive (OP, say if this is not correct).
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    (Original post by RosePetal)
    How could your mother not notice something like this?
    Precisely. My mum went through absolute hell with my sister as a baby, child, teen and still as an adult. My sister has ADHD.

    You cannot self-diagnose, so you will need to see your GP about it. If they think you may be right, they'll send you for a clinical diagnosis - this involves going to London to the ADHD clinic, having lots of psychometric tests.
    It's not like going to the GP, saying you have depression and then walk away with a prescription for Prozac. ADHD is a serious mental illness. It's not some excuse you can use to blame your inability to stick to something, on.
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    well, look, just try coffee first, because it's not exactly hard to get hold of, lol. see what happens, then go see a doctor if it doesn't help.
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    Oh. My. God.

    Why do people keep self-diagnosing? I have real trouble concentrating; I actually have epilepsy and bi-polar disorder. And do you know how I was diagnosed? My mother dragged me to the doctors (epilepsy) and I broke down in tears a few years later in the GP's office.

    It could be anything; could just be you. It is actually highly unlikely you have Go to your GP (you won't be able to see a psychiatrist straight off the mark, you'll need a referral.

    ADD often involves a total lack of concentration and inability to hold a conversation. Not just forgetfulness.
    (Having just had a quick Google)
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    calm down, its not the end of the world!
    plenty of people with 'add' have gone on to become successful.
    get more sleep, drink more water, eat healthy, all makes your brain more alert and active.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I don't remember doing anything at school. I have always gotton horrible grades... I would look on the board, and then... I don't know.
    Heres the thing. I am dedicated to learning... I have never missed a day of school in my life... but when I think about it... I haven't learnt anything.
    I have mild ADD and it sounds to me like you might well be right, you should get in contact with your schools Learning Support department and they can arrange for an official assessment(nothing difficult just simple tests so they can see how much well u can concentrate). If you don't want to go to the school your GP should be able to help.
    Once you have been 'diagnosed' as have ADD your school should be able to put measures in place to help you learn better in lessons

    (Original post by Anonymous)
    My memory is horrible. I travelled around the entire world as a child, and have no idea about ANY of it... I was around 5-10 at the time.
    As far as i am aware memory is not a common trait of ADD, it may be that you also have another learning difficulty that has memory problems associated with it. I may be wrong here, so it go and get assessed properly!

    (Original post by Anonymous)
    My mother is both a pharmacist and a doctor, and I can't believe this has gone unnoticed for so long.
    My brother was diagnosed as Autistic when he was 1 or 2, and my mum then read up on all the different learning difficulties yet didn't notice i had ADD and Dyspraxia until I brought it up when i was 15. I think it is quite easy for these things to go unnoticed sometimes, especial if the people around you see far worse problems in there everyday life.
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    (Original post by greggy.gregory)
    I have mild ADD and it sounds to me like you might well be right, you should get in contact with your schools Learning Support department and they can arrange for an official assessment(nothing difficult just simple tests so they can see how much well u can concentrate). If you don't want to go to the school your GP should be able to help.
    Once you have been 'diagnosed' as have ADD your school should be able to put measures in place to help you learn better in lessons
    Schools cannot diagnose ADD/ADHD. You need a clinical diagnosis. Schools are NOT qualified to give this diagnosis.
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    Those grades aren't that bad..
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    All the mention of coffee only scares me further.

    I have had around 2-3 coffees a day since I was 16... I drink coffee so much I took a barister course last weekend.......
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    (Original post by Ice_Queen)
    Oh. My. God.

    Why do people keep self-diagnosing?
    without self-diagnosis i would never have received the support i needed to continue with my A-Levels! yes, people often self-diagnose them selves wrongly with things like ADD, but assuming OP is telling the truth it sounds to me like he does have a learning difficulty even if its not ADD


    (Original post by Ice_Queen)
    ADD often involves a total lack of concentration and inability to hold a conversation. Not just forgetfulness.
    (Having just had a quick Google)
    This is a complete generalisation! ADD is a spectrum, people can have it very mild as well as very severely as you have described above!
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    (Original post by Ilora-Danon)
    Schools cannot diagnose ADD/ADHD. You need a clinical diagnosis. Schools are NOT qualified to give this diagnosis.
    no they cant, but they can make referals. and it would help to get their support anyway
 
 
 
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