Originally Posted by emrldsky
Thanks for all the information. What I'm kind of hoping for is if I were, that there are non-prescription things I can do to combat them, and then maybe, MAYBE, I can get off the anti-depressants.
I do have the ability to concentrate on a book, if there's music in the background, or the TV is on. I have a hard time reading when nothing else is going on around me, and I LOVE to read. I'm ok in movie theaters, but at home, I tend to read or do puzzles while watching a movie (and pay attention to both).
If I DID have it, I know it'd be considered high-functioning to a point, but the reason I said it affects my daily life is because I'm very disorganized, and I have a problem meeting deadlines at work (which prevents me from exceeding in my position). I'm easily distracted, and I do well in environments where solutions or projects are quick to complete. I really do well when I have to "tinker" with things to try and make them work.
I also have a hard time keeping things in their place. DH and I go around and around about my messy habits, but I haven't figured out the best way for me to fix them.
DH once told me he thought I was being lazy (I didn't talk to him for an hour after that comment), because he doesn't get it. He's also one of those who thinks that it's all in the head.
I'm going to do more research and even seek out a professional and figure out what's going on here.
Thanks so much!!!!!!
One of the charactaristics of people with ADD is that they can have the ability to hyper-focus on a task (meaning they will shut out everything else around them when concentrating on a task). My brother-in-law is currently seeing a psychologist for his ADD (his is worse than mine). A psychologist can give you the appropriate tests to find out if you really do have ADD.
Here is a link to the DSM-IV criteria for the diagnosis for ADD/ADHD: http://add.about.com/cs/addthebasics/a/dsm.htm
The DSM-IV, if you're not familiar with it, is the Diagnositic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (basically the gold standard for the diagnosis of mental disorders). I think that ADD is quickly self diagnosed in a lot of people because the symptoms are very subjective, and many people do exhibit the symptoms to an extent, but not to the extent that it's characteristic of ADD. However, the difference lies in how the disorder (if you actually have it) affects your daily life.
For example, I'm trying to do my homework today...which involves reading. Here's how the first few hours went:
1) Read for 5 minutes (2 pages)
2) Coffee pot beeped to tell me it was turning off, got sidetracked, put the book down went to get a cup of coffee. Saw a dish in the sink, rinsed it and put it in the dishwasher, went to look out the window and watched a squirrel for awhile, got on thecatsite.com.
3) remembered I was supposed to be reading, sat back down and read for 10 minutes (a few more pages).
4) Saw isadora walk by, decided to pick her up and pet her for awhile, got back up and looked at thecatsite.com, saw another squirrel outside.
5) Picked up my book again and read a page
6) Put the book down and walked upstairs for NO reason, wandered around looking out windows and scooped out the cat box. Came back down and here I am again!
So, in the matter of a few hours, I managed to get 5 pages read and a lot of time wasted. It's not that I'm not interested in the material I'm reading (I'm very interested in it), it's just that I'm so easily distracted and cannot sit still. My friends are always perplexed when I tell them I spend the whole weekend studying...that's why. What takes them 1/2 a day to a day to do takes me two full days!
If you ever have any questions, please feel free to PM me and ask!
Okay, off to read...............AGAIN!
P.S. As a side note, I am medicated for depression and anxiety. Depression is genetic in my family (paternal grandfather, paternal aunts, father, and sister all have it). I was diagnosed at age 6 with ADHD and age 16 with depression. However, I am the only one in my family with ADHD.