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      I asked my psychologist to do an evaluation for adhd, a previous psychologist had suggested it but I did not pay attention at the time. The first thing she told me was that the symptoms of adhd disappear with age, but I insisted. (I just turned 20, I was 16 when the previous psychologist suggested it)
      She made me do a personality test, the DIVA test and the Rey-Osterrieth complex figure test.
      The DIVA test indicated that I do have adhd but she said it was falsifiable (basically I could lie while answering. But I did not do that)
      It was the Rey-Osterrieth complex figure test on which she relied to say that I am not, because I did it quite well.

      Besides attention problems, I also have problems adapting to things like a new job or anything that makes me leave my almost non-existent comfort zone, I suffer from anxiety since I was a child, I have big problems to socialize and connect with people and also sensory problems among other things. That’s not exactly why I’m doing this post, I just want to explain a bit the context of my situation, I’ve been quite insistent with my doctors and psychologists about these problems and the last thing they told me is that I’m histrionic and I just want attention.

      As I did quite well with the Rey-Osterrieth complex figure test the psychologist said that I did not have adhd, despite having explained how my attention and memory problem has affected me since childhood (things like losing textbooks, losing clothes, forgetting tasks, leaving unanswered pages in exams not one but several times only because I did not realize they were there, not being able to study among many other things and that only in my childhood) and affect me now at 20 (not being able to study so I do not go to university, not being able to see a movie even though it is one of the things that I like to do the most, not being able to shower every day because my executive dysfunction does not allow me to, commit constantly mistakes at work, even if it’s super simple what I have to do, cant stop moving my body, sleep problems that remain until today, etc) I’ve even had problems with mathematics all my life, I’ve never been able to do basic operations without count on my fingers, I am not able to do mental math, no matter how simple the operations are, my parents paid teachers to teach me because I was not able to learn (math) in the school.

      But I do well in a test and all those problems that I have become nonexistent? or are self-imposed?
      I am sure that if it had been a test where I have to recognize patterns, I would have done it badly, because I am terrible at it.

      I am desperate, not for attention, but for someone who can understand me, believe me and help me, I have not been able to do everything I want to do, I have not been able to continue with my life because of this, there are so many things I want to do and I would not sacrifice nothing of that for a little attention. I want an adhd specialist to evaluate me, but I am so afraid that they will not believe me and tell me that I just want attention. How can I prove to someone that all my problems are real? (sorry for my english)

    • #105405

      Sounds like you need to find a different psychiatrist! If they think you’re making up your symptoms, they’re probably not a good doctor for you. Ask for someone else.

    • #105527

      Hi there.

      You need a new psychiatrist. Whoever you were speaking to is clearly not a specialist in ADHD. The symptoms of ADHD CAN diminish with age, as we develop executive function skills, as the brain develops, as you learn coping methods to tackle it, etc., but it DOESN’T ALWAYS. Any competent psychiatrist or ADHD specialist will know this, and will take it into account.

      You need a different specialist.

    • #105528


      I am sorry to hear about your symptoms and difficulties. One of the things that might improve your life is getting tested for light sensitivity. Light sensitivity means that some people are sensitive to certain light waves and these light waves create havoc in a person’s brain. The solution to light sensitivity is special filter (glasses) or contact lenses. A lot of information can be found under the brand name Irlen.

      I hope you will find a way to resolve you issues.

    • #105829

      I agree, you need a keep looking for ADHD specialist one is out there….. Kind of in the same spot as you just got back on the meds after seeing multiple doctors last time on medication was age 22 currently 25.

      Here is a link on our site to search for specialist

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