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    • #196593

      Ok, so I have not yet been diagnosed but I check all thee boxes. I’m going to the doctor in April, it the earliest they can take me. I took every test I could find online and have been watching videos and reading articles… And honestly if it turns out I have it, which at this point I’m 97% sure I do, it would literally explain my whole life. And why I always felt more stupid than everyone but also been told I’m really smart.. Why I hated my brain for years and wished I was just normal. The only thing I don’t relate to is difficulties waking up – which like 80% of people with ADHD have. I wake up in the morning and my brain just continues running. It doesn’t let me sleep. I do have hard time falling asleep, but I’m a superlight sleeper. The tiniest noise can jerk me out of a deep slumber and I am ready to fight whatever made that noise. And once I wake up like that it takes me a really long time to fall back asleep, if I do at all. Does anyone else have this ? Is it possible to be like this if you have ADHD?

    • #196595

      You don’t have to have EVERY symptom to have ADHD. I don’t forget or lose things at all which is a major indicator, and am still diagnosed with ADHD.

      Even though you wake up easily the hard to get to sleep is a symptom its self and saying your brain wont let you sleep is part of the hyperactive mind.

      I never slept during my 11-18 school years but had 100% attendance and punctuality because I could just get up an go.

    • #196617

      Yeah, it’s by no means universal to have any specific symptom. I, for one, do not have trouble with punctuality (I am more time blind to the past than the future), but I do lose and forget stuff, lose my cool a lot over little things, and make many careless mistakes and clumsy shortcuts. And I sleep neither lightly nor heavily most of the time, although I was a poor sleeper in early childhood, and once I do wake up I often have trouble going back to sleep between my stomach and my brain if I’m awake for over 5 minutes or so. (I usually get hungry if up too long.) Oh, and a mosquito buzzing in my ear at night will leave me in war mode until I kill it.

      It sounds like you are a hyperactive adult, retaining more of that side of symptoms than most.

      It’s actually my OCD-without-the-C husband who’s the heaviest sleeper I know, and my neurotypical older sister is the lightest. So you never know. You only need 5 or 6 DSM symptoms in just one of 2 lists of 9 to be diagnosed, and sleeping too much isn’t one of them, while a restless mind is a variant of squirmy hyperactivity which is. I even wonder if trouble getting up is related to the depression that many but not all ADHD adults develop.

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