ADHD or Narcissism or ?

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    • #199433
      Dunderberg
      Participant

      Hi

      There’s a lot of stuff on the net about narcissism.
      My ex girlfriend called me one after we broke up.
      I was a really lousy boyfriend. No violence or name-calling, but lousy nonetheless.
      I wasn’t aware of what narcissism was except for the Greek mythology stuff.
      What I read really frightened me.
      I went in to be diagnosed, certain I had NPD.
      After 1.5 hours of interviewing me, they said I did not which was a huge relief.
      It was determined that I did have ADHD and AutismSpectrum, along with Depression.
      I have to admit that a lot of what I struggle with, aligns with ADD.
      But I still have my doubts. I seem to have some darkness inside me that comes out
      I’ll blurt nasty stuff. It comes out without any warning.
      So I don’t know if it is some Tourette’s symptom, adhd, npd or just royally screwed up.

      Anybody else had this sort of issue?
      Was anything determined as what treatment works?
      Medications?
      (bupropion seemed to knock it down until it lost effectiveness)

      Thank you,
      Jeff

    • #199439
      Yarlan Zey
      Participant

      The way you have insight into the problem and feel bad about it kind of suggests that it isn’t narcissism. Maybe borderline personality disorder?

      I know someone will reply saying that none of us can diagnose other people etc. but just thought I’d throw that out there.

      • This reply was modified 6 months, 1 week ago by Yarlan Zey.
    • #199464
      Penny Williams
      Keymaster

      Emotional intensity and extremes are common with both ADHD and ASD. One trait usually doesn’t make an entire new diagnosis/disorder.

      The ADHD-Anger Connection: New Insights into Emotional Dysregulation and Treatment Considerations

      Penny
      ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Coach, Podcaster & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

    • #199558
      Dunderberg
      Participant

      Hey,

      Thanks you guys for your information. I looked at that
      ADHD Anger article- “About 70 percent of adults with ADHD report
      problems with emotional dysregulation”
      Wow. Kind of ties in with the emotional “Tiger by the Tail”
      emotional roller coaster ride.

      Jeff

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