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    • #82932

      So, I’m in my 30’s and have just been referred for ADHD. I was diagnosed with depression at 14, and now it is being questioned if this was possibly wrong.
      My eldest son is autistic, and we are still waiting to see if he will also receive a diagnosis of ADHD alongside it. My husband is waiting his appointments for Asc.
      I was on an ADHD course and started recognising a lot of the traits in myself.
      However, now I’m starting to wonder what actually happens in the appointments and what would actually happen next seeing as I’m in my 30’s.
      just wondering if anyone can put my mind at ease slightly?

    • #82934

      New to the site when I came across this post
      Hope you don’t mind me joining the discussion
      I would be interested to know the same
      I am 40 and my phycologist has ran an initial test and thinks i could have ADD which I need to go back to my gp about
      Reading about it was like reading about myself!!
      After years of depression and anxiety with no real understanding of why or the triggers
      Maybe this is it!
      Hopefully some of you out there can share your experience on what happens next?
      It’s scary but hoping it can make a difference
      Good luck

    • #82939

      I am considering accept the fact I really should get diagnosis of ADHD symptoms . My son has been diagnosed since he was age 13year . He in his 20’s now is a dad . He stopped his meds few years ago , luckily he has decided to take them again , which means go the our doctors get referred back to specialist , waited for 6 months got appointment , went give the specialist credit as he mentioned the obvious that symptoms are continuing . Gave a new slow release medication.. to try. This concerta slow release did not agree with my son . I still attend his appointment with him . He unable to communicate in these situations without getting all flustered and angry. Can’t explain himself so then he feels pathetic [his words] him being 6ft+some he’s a big lad [ for his mother] and does look quite intimidating to others .
      His conditions of ADHD and oppositional disorder have been the reason behind his ability to gain employment But unfortunately ARE also the causes of why he can’t keep the job.
      I thought I would share this with you .. we ADHD are very miss Read.. so we need to group together , as we don’t do 123

    • #82936

      I’m 38 and just got diagnosed. There is no real “test” per say. It’s just sitting down with a professional and talking about your life. have you always been this way and had these symptoms. Mine was really great and i took a great deal of information from it. I have started going to my local adhd meetings too. For me i have always struggled in school and life really. But i always just passed it off as it’s just “me” just the way i am. this is true but also there are things i never realized. How i see myself vs. how i look to the world. She gave me pointers and things to think about and work on. I have lots more information to work with now. She thinks maybe i have some learning disability mixed in but i need further testing for that. But basically you just book an appointment with a psychologist or psychiatrist and go talk about how things have gone for you so far. Be sure to be thorough and explain everything. It’s a relief to know you have people in your corner and people who suffer the same setbacks. I feel better having gone and made it official. I have more information to go on and i can look more inwardly on myself to try to cope better.

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      I was diagnosed at age 37 when I went to see a therapist for another reason. After speaking to her for a while and going through my childhood experiences she through out ADD as something we should talk about. She recommended “Driven to Distraction” by Edward Hallowell, M.D. I will tell you there were a lot of emotions and quite a few tears during that read.
      Ironically, it was one of the few books in my life that I have been able to get through without stopping.

      What to expect really depends on what course of treatment you choose to follow. I chose medication and therapy, but there are all kinds of options. The biggest part for me though, was getting the diagnosis to begin with. To find out that I really wasn’t just inconsiderate of others, or didn’t care about other people’s time. Being able to identify reasons for most of those things I routinely got in trouble for as a child was really eye opening and liberating.

      What ever treatment route you choose, I would recommend some type of therapy to go along with it. At least for awhile until you get your bearings with what behaviors are being influenced by the ADHD and what you can do to mediate the negative ones.

      Good luck, and keep pushing ahead.

    • #83328
      Penny Williams

      Here’s an overview of the evaluation process and how to prepare:

      Free Handout: How to Prepare for Your ADHD Evaluation

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

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