Reply To: Do I Really Have ADD?


Here is one of the main things that makes me think that it may be true that I have some kind of ADD-like thing going on:
I cannot take driving directions from anyone. I cannot. The first couple of instructions make sense, but then the words just start to pile up in my head like a train wreck. I get confused and then I start to get frustrated and ultimately angry. I know that I’ve been this way for at least the last twenty or so years. But I never thought of it as anything special. Does that sound anything like what folks here with ADD experience?

I experience something similar at work and have learned to compensate by bringing paper and pen with me literally everywhere and writing everything down.

My question in this post is: is it possible to have ADD whose symptoms are just kind of mild or maybe masked by other traits or even compensatory mechanisms which get in the way of diagnosis?