You can add me to the list. I have moderate to severe ADHD, I was "offically" diagnosed by a Licensed Mental Health Counselor back in Jan of this year, but I've known I have ADHD long before that...I started to realize that is what is wrong with me when I was around 18
As I was reading thru some of the post I just kept thinking how much I can relate to so many of you all! especially this from heidirk:
|it is hard to maintain friendships because I can easily lose the thread of a conversation which means I either embarass myself, or I wait so long to reply people think I'm not interested. I do try to give my self permission to be great at only one thing at a time. I think my Hyperfocus actually helps me sometimes, in that it allows me to tune out almost anything.
I was made fun of alot in school days! Called airhead at least once a day even though I was pretty smart, I could make good grades but had to study 10X longer than any of my friends and walk to classes still studying seconds before a test. I would chew on my pen cap until sometimes my mouth would bleed. Most of the time my leg or foot has to be constantly moving, even now as an adult. I felt so foggy brained I was scared to death to start driving and my parents had to push me....and I hit a parked car the first time I forced to drive in our neighbourhood when I was 16. As I got older and went to college even though I would study and try very hard I just started doing terrible and failed a couple classes, so I dropped out after 3 semesters.
Now a days my worst symptoms that come to mind are difficulty concentrating or finishing a task, foggy brain or zoned-out feeling!, inability to focus, inability to relax, nervous energy, interrupting others, procrastination, easily distracted,talking excessively, trouble going to sleep at night and staying alert during the day, forgetful, trouble remembering things, even for a short time, constant worrying, irritability. Basically I feel a wreak.
I waited so long before seeing a dr b/c I knew they would probably just put me on a med and I figured what was the point to go unless I decided to try a med, you know? I had heard so many things about add/adhd drugs that I was almost scared to try anything. Well, after I had my dd my symptoms went thru the roof, I literally felt like I lost control of everything and I started having panic attacks.(long story/journey getting that worked out) I eventually got the anxiety under control(w/ no meds-they never worked for me) and something still felt SO wrong with me! I finally saw a Licensed Mental Health Counselor(someone who was highly recommended by SO many people and member of our church) anyway,it was SO eye opening and intresting etc... and that is when I was "offically" diagnosed. I decided to go ahead and try a med..so I am currently taking a low dose of adderall IR (b/c I am still nursing my 31 month old I take the dose right after dd nurses in the morning and then usually by the time she nurses again it has worn off...either way b/c of her age, being on a low dose, and based on Dr Hale's website I feel fine about it with nursing) and it really has helped, not quite as much as I would have thought..but much better than before! Also I take L-Tyrosine, 500mg per day(well if I remember!) and a calcium-magnesium-zinc supplement. Anyway, what I really want to know is-do any of you think you that either dental amalgams-dental fillings/crowns etc.. w/ mercury or(any type of dental work using metal) or vaccines with thimerosal(mercury) or(any other metals) could have contributed to you add/adhd symptoms/diagnosis? If so, have you tried any type of detox and seen improvement?
wow, if that wasn't a confusing paragraph?
I hope it made sense.
and I won't say how long it took me write this post
I wouldn't have been able to if dd and dh were not in the bed yet.