ancientangel

List for pdoc (thoughts on if it could be?)

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I see my pdoc next week. I'm undiagnosed currently but I highly suspect ADHD. SO I hope no one minds if I throw out a few symptoms and happenings, and you guys can give me your thoughts.
* I realize no one here can diagnose me, that's not what I'm asking for. I'm asking if anyone who IS diagnosed can relate/thinks ADHD is likely (I will not take that as a diagnosis)

  • I forget things constantly. It's like I can't keep a hold of my memories. They slip away.. And small stuff too. For example, today I forgot 3 times that a friend of mine had responded to my text, and wondered each time why I hadn't heard from them
  • I LOSE things constantly, according to my father. Especially my tablet pen, but that's an artist thing ;) 
  • I cannot, I repeat, cannot focus on things that do not vividly interest me.
  • Art has been the only thing I keep coming back to my whole life
  • If it requires mental effort, I"m out. I used to LOVE reading when I was young (probs 5-10) and then it just stopped...
  • don't even get me started on school work. I dropped out of high school a couple weeks ago (But I'm gonna do some tutor work) because I just COULDN'T
  • I'm not hyperactive at all, the only symptom I have is restlessness which is probably related but that's it -- I'm thinking inattentive 
  • I hyperfixate/focus on things, the most random things. Right now it's angels, drugs, and getting a diagnosis (Seriously? Ikr, the thing that's causing the fixation is what I'm fixated on)
  • And the biggest pain in my a** is when I get overstimulated so easily??? Like I cried in the middle of a walmart because the lights and noise and people were all too much

I tried to keep all of that short (I failed) because for me, reading/focusing on huge walls of text is challenging, and I know other people with ADHD complain about that as well in the mental health communities I've been in.

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Angel, how are your social relationships? Friendships? I have two daughters who struggle with sensory issues...lights, noise, and commotion in the environment can make it difficult for them to cope. Do you have a quiet space you can go to relax and recharge?

I hope your pdoc has some answers for you. Take care.

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I remember that @Ralph , as an adult, has ADHD, but he hasn't visited this site for quite a while now. Perhaps you could send him a private message, if you'd like to.

Anyway; it's very useful to have such a list when going to a pdoc - good for you! I hope you'll be well understood and, first of all, receive good advise and effective treatment!

BTW, have you searched for some life-style changes you could make to alleviate these symptoms? For instance here:

http://www.apa.org/monitor/2013/02/easing-adhd.aspx

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/add-adhd/adult-adhd-attention-deficit-disorder-self-help.htm

Good luck!

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On February 19, 2017 at 3:43 PM, IrmaJean said:

Angel, how are your social relationships? Friendships? I have two daughters who struggle with sensory issues...lights, noise, and commotion in the environment can make it difficult for them to cope. Do you have a quiet space you can go to relax and recharge?

I hope your pdoc has some answers for you. Take care.

I tend to jump from romantic relationship to relationship, I get bored easily even if I do care for the person. Friendships are online and require little effort so they're sustainable... But all throughout middle and high school I struggled with irl friends because of anxiety and also the effort required to put in was overwhelming.

As for the sensory issues, yeah it's overwhelming and causes meltdowns even now at 17. Granted I can control them sort of until I get home but then I break down. 

My home is calm, but so dirty I'm constantly overwhelmed.. So sort of, on your second question. 

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I hope you can be gentle with yourself, Angel. It can be stressful to cope with so many external stimuli when a person is very sensitive to this and has difficulty processing all of it. That happens to my daughters too. You aren't alone in this.

Interesting that my daughters also love art! Is art a refuge for you? I know it is for them. Do you have any favorite subject matter or mediums that you use? E loves to paint animals and she also loves digital art.

Take care. I hope you have a serene day.

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11 hours ago, IrmaJean said:

I hope you can be gentle with yourself, Angel. It can be stressful to cope with so many external stimuli when a person is very sensitive to this and has difficulty processing all of it. That happens to my daughters too. You aren't alone in this.

Interesting that my daughters also love art! Is art a refuge for you? I know it is for them. Do you have any favorite subject matter or mediums that you use? E loves to paint animals and she also loves digital art.

Take care. I hope you have a serene day.

Art is a bit refuge for me. I also love digital art and I paint wolves quite a bit!~ 

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