Do I Have ADHD?

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    • #80769
      birdie
      Participant

      Hi guys, sorry, you doubtless get this question all the time, but I’d appreciate hearing from those well versed in the subject. I’ve recently been wondering if I have ADD inattentive type. I’ve already been diagnosed with autism, anxiety, depression and PTSD, and I know that all of those can look similar to, and be confused with, ADHD. I’m still wondering though, because my lifelong struggle to pay attention and remain focused without getting distracted by something else has always felt different than any of my other diagnoses.

      For instance, the autism allows me to hyper focus on a special interest exclusively for months at a time, but for projects that I want to try, but am not necessarily obsessed by, I will start them, then lose all interest in a matter of days or hours and never finish. My room is a graveyard for uncompleted projects.

      My ability to lose things I’ve only just put down is also uncanny. I can never find my phone, and now keep a spare key in a magnetic box under my car’s rear bumper, after having locked myself out for over an hour at a gas station in the middle of the work day, and after having, you guessed it, lost my original key for three days, only to find it later in my coat pocket.

      I have a vivid imagination, and literally spend time in a fantasy world that I created in my head, but I can come out of one of my epic daydreams to find someone asking me a question during a meeting, and my having no idea what’s happening. I’ve had teachers at school ask me questions, and I had to tell them honestly, “sorry, I wasn’t listening, what did you say?”

      I get distracted by external stimuli so easily it’s not even funny. If I’m trying to get ready for work and my sister has the TV on, even if it’s not a show I like, I get stuck staring at the screen, and she has to literally yell my name to get my attention, because the outside world disappears.

      I have more, but this is getting long already. I’m trying to find someone to conduct an assessment, and my immersion in the mental health world thanks to all my other issues will be helpful there. In the meantime, I appreciate any insights you all have.

    • #80811
      ADDLobstah
      Participant

      This site has some self-tests. Take them and see where you score.

    • #80951
      Penny Williams
      Keymaster

      Here’s that self-test:

      [Self-Test] Could You Have Adult ADHD / ADD?

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

    • #81043
      birdie
      Participant

      I took it, and hit “see results”, but my score didn’t come up, it just had checks and X’s for my yes and no answers.

      • #81310
        Penny Williams
        Keymaster

        If you were on a mobile device, try taking it again on a laptop or desktop computer.

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

    • #81332
      StillPlaysMC
      Participant

      Wow. Totally and completely relatable. My Google Drive is a graveyard full of incomplete projects. I spend all of my time in literally thirty different fantasy worlds and miss pretty much everything the teacher says (unless it isn’t important. Why would my brain allow me to miss something that was totally useless?). By the way, I’m writing this during class.
      Anyway, I’m almost always late to school because I got distracted by something or other while getting ready, be it my phone or one of my thirty fantasies. I put things down and remember where they are, but forget as soon as I need said thing. After that, I can’t find it for the next week. Or month. I’m telling you, this is really relatable. I would say yes, you definitely have ADD or ADHD. Or something of that sort of sort. Welcome to the club, friend. I, too, have depression and anxiety. So welcome to those clubs, too.

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