Is it possible that I could have ADHD? Why or why not?

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      I am a 20 year old male. I am in my third year of college. I’ve been thinking a lot lately that I could possibly have ADHD. However, I’m not sure. I’ll list some things I experience. I pace back and forth a lot. Like I daydream a lot and think of fantasies. I get overly excited thinking about these fantasies that I have to get up, daydream about them, and pace back and forth all over my house to experience them. I get overly excited which is why I pace. It drives my mother nuts. She always gets on me about it, but I can’t help it. When I’m the only person in my house, I do it all day because I know no one is there to judge me for doing it. I’ve been doing this since I was about 5-6 years old.

      When I listen to music, I do the same thing. I’ll pace back and forth, or I’ll sit down and rock back and forth to the songs I like. I have a hard time focusing or getting things done. I procrastinate a lot on my school work and studying for exams. It takes a bit of effort for me to get assignments done. I have a hard time focusing on a single task for an extended period of time. I get bored quickly or would rather be doing something else. I also get distracted easily, like I’ll rather surf the internet for hours than to do my schoolwork. I have trouble getting organized or sticking to a schedule. I have a planner, but when I write down a to do list, I can never stick to it or I’ll start but can’t finish. I also have trouble reading long passages or chapters.

      I still don’t have a driver’s license at 20 years old. A big part of that is because I have anxiety about it, but the few times where my father tried to teach me, I have a hard time focusing and paying attention to all my surroundings. I forget directions quite easily. It’s hard for me to pay attention to so many things at once. I tend to get distracted. I’m horrible with directions. I don’t know my way around to many places. My father and I drive the same route to my school everyday, and I still don’t really know how to get there. Even the area I live in. I don’t know my area that well, even though I’ve been living here for a while.

      When I’m sitting down for an extended period of time, such as in a classroom, I fidget in my seat a lot. I’ll also rock back and forth every now and then. All throughout school students would always ask me, “Do you have ADHD?” I would ask them “Why would you ask me that?” They would say, “Because you’re always moving.” Some people would make fun of me for it. I also daydream a lot in the classroom, or if it’s something that doesn’t really interest me. I didn’t think much about it at the time, but now I think I could possibly have this condition. I’m thinking about talking to my parents about this, and going to my doctor so I can get a proper diagnosis. But I wanted to see what you guys think first. What do you say?

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    • #81302

      So I have had a very similar experience. I am a junior in college as well. No one ever even mentioned the possibility of ADHD to me until about a year ago. I had good grades in highschool, but once I got to college I couldn’t fake it anymore. I am a huge daydreamer. I don’t think there has ever been a lecture I have payed attention to the whole time. I just got tested and diagnosed. My advice is if you are able get tested. Then you have the information to go forward. At least with my testing there was also IQ and aptitude testing as well. So you get a lot of information even if it turns out you don’t have ADHD

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      Penny Williams

      Try taking this self-test to see if ADHD is a possibility:

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

      The only way to know for sure is to get an ADHD evaluation with a specialist.

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

    • #81417

      I’m no doctor but it definitely sounds like it to me! I’d absolutely go and get tested by a psych – even if you don’t particularly have ADHD, you might have something else?
      YOU know your own mind, and if something isn’t right you owe it to yourself to get tested. I’m 30 now and didn’t go and get tested til I was 27…I just didn’t want to appear different.
      But like someone else said – I was TIRED. I just couldn’t fake the “together” version of myself that I’d been faking for so long.

      After getting on my dex everything changed. I just soooo wish I hadn’t waited so long to do this for myself!!

      GOODLUCK 😊 I’d make an appt right away.

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    • #99989

      Do you have any problem while speaking or arguing with someone. Are you able to debate on a topic. Do you have trouble while typing on keyboard that was not happening earlier. Do you have trouble while travelling. Can you write on any topic..last question are you experience this type of problem earlier

    • #109121

      You are not alone.. I have the same thing.. this is so annoying and it is hard for me to keep a job.. also i would walk around if im worried about something… I would even walk around while talking on the phone.

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