My Forum Comments
if the reason youre asking is because you want to seek treatment that would require a diagnosis (like meds for example), I would have the records from that therapist sent to a provider who can/will prescribe (or do whatever treatment youre interested in) and do an intake with them. You can call around to different places and share your experience and what youre looking for. The protocol/cost of diagnosis varies SO SO SO wildly so….basically, whatever you are looking to do you can do. But we can’t tell you what that therapist did or didn’t mark as a diagnosis. Technically therapists CAN diagnose (they have to for insurance purposes) but in my experience a lot of them are not comfortable with (with good reason) diagnosing ADHD compared to diagnosing depression/anxiety and its the prescribers on the hook for controlled substances so theyre the ones that need to believe the diagnosis fits.
Assuming you meant ADHD, as im unfamiliar with that acronym (but please lmk if im wrong!): I use coffee and L-theanine. I have a hard time determining if supplements make a noticeable impact (not great at self monitoring and noticing subtle changes). I imagine the L-theanine might help take some of the caffeine edge off if you over-caffeinate. I still find RX stimulants far more effective than caffeine, myself, after yeeeeaaars of drinking PLENTY of caffeine with no real positive impact on productivity. That’s likely with a caffeine addiction/tolerance though, which to my understanding puts you at BELOW baseline for energy/focus so that caffeine is only bringing you to the baseline you would be at if you weren’t addicted to caffeine…and you require MORE and MORE to have a true stim effect. I understand Adderall and other RX stims may be like this as well but after a year of using them, I have not noticed a tolerance (but I have noticed cycle-related efficacy discrepancies and such).
I use it for social anxiety. It’s good if you get too wound up on stims/caffeine too. It’s a pretty noticeable/dramatic effect as far as racing thoughts/rumination/anxiety goes. I don’t use it daily, mostly as needed to calm or reduce anxiety. Which is usually socially. While driving is nice too though because I have less compulsion to look at my phone, etc…because my mind is calm/quiet. So it could have some efficacy for impulsivity driven by interrupting thoughts? I’d say it has merit depending on context and what your primary concern is. Prob a good option to have around. It wouldn’t be best option for being very productive id say, unless your racing thoughts were causing you difficulty in focusing on one thing. I use a vape liquid/vape pen. Apparently this is the most effective way to absorb it, it works within 2-3 minutes so you easily know if you should have more or not to get the desired effect. I shared with a friend with PTSD/anxiety issues and it blew her mind. She’s been using RX marijuana for that but finds the CBD works just as well 🙂
I’m like this as well, recently diagnosed adhd (though the school apparently told my mom I had it when I was young…just that it was mild enough to not need treatment). I am EXTREMELY extroverted and into people. I also pick up on micro cues in tone, body language, implied messaging etc. I’d say my mom (who likely also has it, undiagnosed) and are both like this. Hold grudges. Are stubborn about being the one to try and make peace if we feel the transgression is primarily on their end. I’m not really sure if this is an ADHD thing or some other personality trait. I understand that hyper-reactivty and more extreme emotions and irritability are not uncommon with adhd-ers.