Patient Comments: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - Tests and Diagnosis

How was your attention deficit hyperactivity disorder diagnosed?

Comment from: JB, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 23

I am an elementary school teacher. About 5 years ago I was researching ADHD in order to understand one of my students. Upon reading about ADD and the different areas it can impact. I realized that the symptoms completely described me. I talked with my doctor. My family (parents, husband, and myself) filled out a questionnaire which revealed a strong possibility of ADD. My sister has also since been diagnosed. Medication made all the difference in the world. Imagine sitting in a room when the power goes out. The room may have been very noisy, but until the power went out you never really noticed how loud it really was until everything stopped and went silent. That's what meds did to my brain; it makes the "noise" stop and keeps me from straining to "listen" to just one thing among an ocean of "noise" that I cannot sort out without a great deal of focus and energy. I still struggle with organization and have to stick closely to routines to manage my daily life. I also can still find myself hyperfocusing. Reading, and especially playing video games or browsing on the computer. Those things can give immediate, addicting feedback. In a way, these activities provide a type of external, but artificial "organizer" for someone who does not generate internal organization very well. However, it is so much easier when I am consistent with medication.

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Comment from: Elveretta, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

I have been on Adderall XR for a little over a year. It was a GOD send for me. I was able to remember, learn new things, ect. I recently had a mental break down and was sent to a new Psychiatrist, he took me off Adderall and put me on Vyvanse 40mg., after about 7 days I thought I could tell that it might be working, but not much, after the 7 days I started to be unable to sleep. I tried Rozerem . My Dr. had given to me a few week's earlier, but I didn't want to take it. The first few nights it worked then I was unable to sleep again, I feel like the new medication Vyvanse is keeking me awake. When my doctor had started me on the Adderall a year, ago it didn't keep me awake. The Adderall seems to help me more, I can't tell much from the Vyvanse except it won't let me sleep.

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Comment from: Alexandre, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 13

I found out I have ADHD last year at age 29. History of my education shows that it is not because of my IQ, but I simply have no control of my attention span when in school. My test results showed that I do not have problem with others, but only have problems because of my attention rate. Since college, I have a hard time to control my mood swings. I compete with people who have looked down on me and most of the time I proved them wrong, but in the long run, the more I push myself harder the more I became self-destructive. After taking Ritalin, I got better at the beginning for about a month. The drug can only get me on my high brain wave control for a short time. My ability to multitask was worn out bits by bit. I do hope there will be more attention on our issues. Please put more effort on the research.

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Comment from: lahas, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 10

My attention deficit hyperactivity disorder was diagnosed because I have problems focusing on things.

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Comment from: ADHDgirl, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I was referred to the psychiatry department from my primary doctor. I went in for an initial intake consultation with a psychiatrist /social worker. He did a psychiatric assessment, a full evaluation and a series of tests or questions relating to my life, lifestyle, symptoms, etc. He recommended that I start a treatment plan which included medication and behavioral classes. I went the following week to a psychiatrist who did another assessment and asked more questions. I was relieved to know that I was finally going to get the help I needed. I was prescribed 5 mg Adderall, 2-3 times daily. So far so good. I was very impressed with the care I got in for ADHD.

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Published: July 05

Through most of my life I had always felt being different from other children my age. I seem to be the one who is in trouble consistently. I was often the focal point of my father's wrath which I discovered was a form of emotional and mental abuse. I also had an uncanny ability to spot details other people often miss. It wasn't until 1993 when I met a person who changed my life. My friend recognized some of the symptoms of ADHD and urged me to get tested for it. In 1995 I was formally diagnosed with ADHD. After that key year questions which had bothered me through most of my life began to make sense.

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Comment from: kararocks3889, 7-12 Female (Patient) Published: April 02

I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was in first grade. By the time high school came, the doctors told me that I outgrew this behavior.

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