Patient Comments: Adult ADHD - Symptoms

What were your symptoms of adult ADHD and how was it diagnosed?

Comment from: sallie, 45-54 Female Published: March 12

Unable to concentrate on daily tasks, easily distracted from things I began, difficulty staying focused on conversations and I'm having, racing thoughts.

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Comment from: huguenot, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 02

My therapist mentioned that he thought I had ADHD when I was telling him a story about having sex with my boyfriend and right in the middle of it, I said, "Did you get my email?” I also have the messiest, most unorganized desk in the world. I always underestimate how long it will take to get something done. I interrupt in meetings, had problems controlling my impulse to comment, etc. My brain was always active. I could not stand to be trapped in a line or a car without a crossword puzzle book or something to read. I lose my car keys almost every other day. Lose my wallet about every 3 months. I never know exactly where my debit card is.

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Comment from: oohshiny, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

I quit drinking because it was finally affecting my ability to perform at work. Self medicating with alcohol was how I dealt w/ADHD I didn't know I had. I mentioned the way my brain felt like a blender without a top mixing idea puree and my doctor tested me for symptoms of ADHD. I always thought I had it but only joked about it, when I started treatment it was like I finally felt like normal people, it was amazing. Since I was diagnosed I have been on non-stimulant and stimulant meds, currently trying my 3rd medication in 12 months and I'm not feeling all that great because I just started it.

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Comment from: Core2009, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 04

Others react to this condition, negatively. However, throughout my life I have preferred following my own inner direction rather than the manipulation of what others think are right for me. Most motivator's gear us into a direction that is part of a plan that improves his or her own situation. I am a person who is keen on sensing what is right for me and what is not right for me. Therefore, what may appear as ADHD in essence is an intelligence and keen sensitivity of "To Thine Own Self be True." Maybe we fail more than others. Perhaps it is because we have the confidence and strength to follow our own inner core.

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