I Still Have ADHD… But Nobody Thinks So

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    • #101043

      Hey! So, I’m a teenager in high school. I live only with my mother who doesn’t have ADHD. Over the years, I’ve used to nutrition to help my symptoms and it’s worked really well. I don’t need medication and I’ve also learned to check myself when I’m being too hyper or exhibiting the symptoms that… annoy people. I’ve always been good in school (because of my hyperfocusing) but I still get distracted in class sometimes (usually when it’s something boring I’m supposed to focus on). I don’t complain about it and so everyone thinks I “grew out of ADHD” but I know that’s not true. I was never “officially” diagnosed but I know I have it. Now, I hate it when people tell me I grew out of my ADHD phase or I was just a hyper kid. Should I get officially diagnosed or is there a way to make them believe me?

    • #101128

      Yes you should! Also what are you having trouble with and what are your symptoms? I’m also a high schooler and am undiagnosed but I’m pretty dang sure I have the combined type. I’m getting tested for ADHD at my school. You could try that?

      • #101132

        I used to have way worse symptoms. I’ve learned to… sorta manage it. My mind jumps around in class and I sometimes space out or my mind wanders, making me miss things. I’m generally pretty hyper and my thoughts go a hundred miles-an-hour. I’ve learned to manage that one so I don’t annoy people to death. I’m also pretty impulsive but I’ve gotten better at that one. Those are the only ones that affect me at school… well, other than the fidgeting which I’ve ALWAYS had and have never been able to manage. So, pretty much, I notice my symptoms but barely anybody else does… What are your symptoms ThatEnergeticTeen? And what’s the worst one for you?

    • #101193

      My symptoms are daydreaming, (which is one of the worst), hyperactivity, bored easily, forgetfulness, procrastination, I have a very hard time focusing on things that require sustained mental effort such as math or writing an essay. I also have sensory overload alot of the time. The worst symptoms for me is daydreaming, forgetfulness, and hyperactivity!

    • #101194

      Basically all of “the classic” ADHD symptoms

    • #101264

      I think “growing out of ADHD” just means getting better at managing or hiding symptoms. One of the hardest things for me to do is keep my mouth shut when my brain is racing. When I can do it, though, people wouldn’t guess that I have ADHD.
      Getting tested can be really empowering! And there are a lot of different ways to diagnose ADHD. Someone who is thorough and uses more than one method can tell you for sure.
      It’s awesome that you’re doing so well in high school without support! You must be very determined and very bright! 🙂 If you are planning to go to college, I’d get tested sooner rather than later. College isn’t necessarily harder, but there are a lot more responsibilities and independent learning. It’s more juggling, which can be an ADHD struggle. Having a diagnosis will make it easier to get support if/when it may be helpful. Plus, it’s just nice to know. 🙂

      I wouldn’t worry too much about making people believe you. Accommodations and treatment are one thing, but making a non-ADD person understand is hard to do. They can love you and care about you, but it’s hard for people to understand something they can’t experience. Especially with so many misconceptions about ADHD floating around. I find that people with ADHD are much more curious about it than others, so I like to make friends with ADHD people when I find them. It’s like we speak the same language, and we’re usually more patient with each other’s quirks.

      Have you checked out How To ADHD on youtube? She’s a great resource for “brains” (people with ADHD) and “hearts” (people who love someone with ADHD). It might be helpful. 🙂

    • #101296

      Hey 🙂

      I’m currently going through the diagnosing process too. I never suspected a thing (I’ve never been particularly hyperactive, but I’ve been spacing out consistently at least since I was 4 years old) until I saw a documentary on Adderall abuse and decided to look into ADHD. Suddenly it was like my entire life made sense. My appointment to see a specialist is next month, and I’m gathering information together to explain my situation.

      The way I look at going through the diagnosing process is that the WORST that can happen is the specialist turns around and tells you you’re neurotypical, i.e. you’re ‘normal’. It’s worst case, because it means that whatever your difficulties are, unfortunately you need to manage them alone, but you can still use a lot of the ADHD techniques as and where they help you manage your life. Not so scary for a worst case scenario, right?

      Best case scenario? You get diagnosed ADHD. Why is that best case? Because if you had ADHD and remained UNdiagnosed, you’d still have all the same issues, but you’d have to struggle through them alone, when there is help available. An ADHD diagnosis only leads to benefits from you. There are medications that can help with it. Therapy, and courses, and techniques for managing it are available. Schools have to take it into account and offer you additional help. Workplaces that are NOT run by asshats will accommodate you however they can. But you can’t gain access to any of this until you’ve got a diagnosis. Even then, issues will still be issues, but with any luck, armed with all these goodies, you’ll be able to tackle them a lot easier than you do at the moment.

      Have a word with your School Counsellor, explain your situation, and see where that takes you.

      Here: https://add.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/adhd-questionnaire-ASRS111.pdf you can find a questionnaire based on the DSM-V criteria for diagnosing ADHD. What I’ve done is typed up all these questions, written my answers, and then given life examples for how they affect me day-to-day, or how I can remember they’ve affected me in the past. It’s a bunch of work, but fortunately I like writing and explaining things (As you can probably tell). But it’s a lot better to write things down than try to do it off the top of your head. My first appointment (the process in Norway is VERY different to the US) I was like: “Yeah, sometimes I forget stuff… It’s a bit hard to concentrate… Oh yeah, and I can be impulsive at times.” My next appointment, a month later, I’d written everything down and it was like: boom boom boom bang. Instead of taking another four appointments, my regular doctor sent everything straight through to the district health system that day.

      TL:DR- Yes! Worst that can happen is you’re told you’re completely fine. Best case, you get help.

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