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Dr. Eric, I went to your University #1 (Course 14, Economics). You are obviously high achieving. Was it the meds that helped you or did you find other coping mechanisms?
I wonder whether I have ADHD, the inattentive type. I remember when I was in college, I really really struggled to pay attention during lecture. I always attributed it to my insomnia I had back then. Now I am thinking the insomnia might have another symptom as I had a lot of things racing through my mind. Today, I still exhibit lots of the inattentive symptoms…having trouble focusing, easily distracted, often misplacing things, procrastinate on task that requires concentration, etc. A therapist indicated that I didn’t seem present and suggested I should get checked for ADHD. I went to a psychiatrist, but he told that I was suffering from anxiety (going through divorce at the time). Moreover, he doesn’t recommend any meds for high achieving individuals.
Divorce is now over and I still have inattentive symptoms just as I long have. I am wondering whether to get a second opinion. Do you think it’s worthwhile to try meds if I am already high achieving. I feel like I can achieve so much more if I didn’t have to spend so much energy trying to focus and stay on task.
Your thoughts would be appreciated.ADHD_MaybeParticipant
First and foremost, it’s critically important that you maintain a regular sleep routine. Unplug your devices at least an hour before bed. No caffeine or alcohol at night. Go to bed and wake up roughly the same time every day. I recognize that having ADHD this might be extremely difficult to do so I recommend set alarms for yourself or even better, ask someone to help your enforce it.
Regular exercise also helps. Again, ask a buddy to help maintain an exercise regimen if you find it difficult to do it on your own. You will find that people are willing to help.
Try meditating regularly as well. Just sit straight up, close your, and just pay attention to your breath. It sounds trivial at first but the more you do it, the better you are at it. You can then apply this practice lying down when you are ready to sleep. I have found it has helped lull me to sleep as it clears out all the crazy thoughts racing in my mind or rather, I just don’t dwell on those thoughts for too long.