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    (Original post by greggy.gregory)
    no they cant, but they can make referals. and it would help to get their support anyway
    Well, I don't know how many schools are equipped enough to cope with students with ADHD. My school ended up suspending my sister because they couldn't cope with her hyperactivity. They certainly wouldn't acknowledge the existance of her mental illness, let alone have the power to refer people for clinical diagnosis.

    In that case, your GP will always be a more likely kickstart. I wouldn't trust a school to make the relevant referrals (I doubt they have the power anyway).
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    (Original post by greggy.gregory)
    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




    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!
    1. There is a difference between self diagnosis and going to the doctors to find out what may be the problem. I could easily have said "I have ADD" as I do have some of the same symptoms. Only a qualified GP/psychiatrist should be making diagnoses. This is exactly what you're saying; OP may have a learning disability but it is not necessarily ADD, and could be something much different.

    Labelling yourself with a disorder isn't the way to go. For instance, take my bipolarity. It's easy to make this a label, part of your identity. What if I had self-diagnosed first and later been told I am not? Who wants a label like this anyway? It creates prejudice and no-one treats me the same once I tell them.

    In fact, many people disbelieve me because of the sheer amount of people walking round saying they have various mental disorders. I am not saying OP doesn't have one, but they can only find out by going to a qualified specialist.

    I know it is a generalisation; I did scan the article and I am by no means an expert on the subject. I just wanted to confirm what I knew; that the symptoms of ADD can just be part of a normal life without people trying to find excuses for being forgetful etc.
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    (Original post by Ilora-Danon)
    Well, I don't know how many schools are equipped enough to cope with students with ADHD. My school ended up suspending my sister because they couldn't cope with her hyperactivity. They certainly wouldn't acknowledge the existance of her mental illness, let alone have the power to refer people for clinical diagnosis.

    In that case, your GP will always be a more likely kickstart. I wouldn't trust a school to make the relevant referrals (I doubt they have the power anyway).
    you may be right, i think i was lucky in that my school has a really great learning support.
    i apoligise if i came across a bit harsly, i tend to get worked up about this topic quite easily

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    1. There is a difference between self diagnosis and going to the doctors to find out what may be the problem. I could easily have said "I have ADD" as I do have some of the same symptoms. Only a qualified GP/psychiatrist should be making diagnoses. This is exactly what you're saying; OP may have a learning disability but it is not necessarily ADD, and could be something much different.

    Labelling yourself with a disorder isn't the way to go. For instance, take my bipolarity. It's easy to make this a label, part of your identity. What if I had self-diagnosed first and later been told I am not? Who wants a label like this anyway? It creates prejudice and no-one treats me the same once I tell them.

    In fact, many people disbelieve me because of the sheer amount of people walking round saying they have various mental disorders. I am not saying OP doesn't have one, but they can only find out by going to a qualified specialist.

    I know it is a generalisation; I did scan the article and I am by no means an expert on the subject. I just wanted to confirm what I knew; that the symptoms of ADD can just be part of a normal life without people trying to find excuses for being forgetful etc.
    again, i apologise if i appeared harsh/annoyed in my previous posts. i get easily annoyed about things like this due to the people that dont believe they really exixt:mad:
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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.
    Why are you in shock lol...I've found out i have it but tbh i cba with diagnosis or anything. My mums in touch a lot with professions with disabilities and they all say i have so meh.
    It's nice to have an answer to everything ....i'd even loose my pencil whilst revising and i hadn't even stood up lmao.
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    It could be nothing tbh. My parents thought my brother had ADD as he had problems concentrating and he had trouble learning however it turned out that there was nothing wrong with him. Go and see a doctor anyway if you're that concerned.
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    (Original post by ToeRag)
    Long post for someone with ADD...

    hahaha cruel...

    but yh OP, no-one will be dissapointed in you, and it won't mean you're a failure...
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    (Original post by greggy.gregory)
    again, i apologise if i appeared harsh/annoyed in my previous posts. i get easily annoyed about things like this due to the people that dont believe they really exixt:mad:
    That's OK; I've suffered the same stigma. Which is why I don't want the OP to self-diagnose; the labels and the snide comments aren't worth it.

    I remember when I first told my boyfriend (we weren't going out at the time, but we'd been on a couple of dates and knew each other for a while) he went and researched it and asked me loads of questions to prove I wasn't faking it. I think he is still unsure about the validity of such an illness.

    People do try and make excuses these days; I think mental disorders are over diagnosed, but that is just my opinion.
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    (Original post by greggy.gregory)
    you may be right, i think i was lucky in that my school has a really great learning support.
    i apoligise if i came across a bit harsly, i tend to get worked up about this topic quite easily
    Yeah, so do I. My sister has an adult diagnosis, my mum's currently waiting for a referral for a diagnosis, and there's also a possibility that I too have a mild form of the illness (without hyperactivity) so it's a subject that I'm pretty well versed in.
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    (Original post by greggy.gregory)

    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!
    Memory and attention are closely linked. You need to pay attention to stuff to remember it.
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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!
    Introduce caffine into your diet, great advice. :facepalm:
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    Memory and attention are closely linked. You need to pay attention to stuff to remember it.
    yeah your right, i didnt think what i said through before i posted
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    (Original post by Ice_Queen)
    That's OK; I've suffered the same stigma. Which is why I don't want the OP to self-diagnose; the labels and the snide comments aren't worth it.

    I remember when I first told my boyfriend (we weren't going out at the time, but we'd been on a couple of dates and knew each other for a while) he went and researched it and asked me loads of questions to prove I wasn't faking it. I think he is still unsure about the validity of such an illness.

    People do try and make excuses these days; I think mental disorders are over diagnosed, but that is just my opinion.
    I totally agree, it's completely stupid when at 17 someone is diagnosed with 'mild dyslexia', after they managed to get an A in GCSE English. Some people I know wave dyslexia as a flag and milk it not to do any work, or get help with everything.

    OP, it sounds like you have something at least, self diagnosis is always dodgy so I'd go see a GP/proper psychiatrist. You probably would benefit from help in school/uni. Good luck
 
 
 
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