Can I self diagnose ADHD?

Shole

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I feel that when I read it up a bit, that I have some form of adult ADHD.
I can't sit in one place for long without twitching or moving, I often have mood changes, I am also sometimes emotionless. I get really easily distracted and start a million things without finishing most of them.
So my question is, is there a way to self-diagnose?
 

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Had you thought about speaking to your doctor about it?

I think you generally need to get a diagnosis from a psychologist after they have done certain tests.
 
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Shole

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Had you thought about speaking to your doctor about it?

I think you generally need to get a diagnosis from a psychologist after they have done certain tests.
Big problem is there are not many doctors in my area specified in mental health as it is not conisdered important in my country yet. But if I move to China I will try to get one from Hong Kong or something to help me out and figure myself out :D
 

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I struggled with ADHD all my life, but being a child of the mid 20th Century, there was no understanding of ADHD and no help. I always had a sense of being a bit "different" than other kids but because I was bright and a people pleaser I hid my struggles well.

It wasn't until I met a man with diagnosed ADHD later in life that I discovered that that was my lifelong problem. He suggested I read a book called Driven to Distraction so I would understand him better. He had lost girlfriends throughout his life because none of them understood him or were willing to cope with the unique quirks people with it bring to a relationship. I found myself on every page of the book, it was a real eye opener for me. I have textbook symptoms tracing all the way back to childhood. The only thing that has changed for me over the years is the hyperactivity component. As a child I was bouncing off the walls at times, as an adult I am far more sedentary (although physical problems contribute to that somewhat.)

I highly recommend this book for anyone who suspects they might have ADHD or who love someone with it. I'll tell you one thing, it's a challenge when one partner in a relationship has it, but when both have it, things can get real "interesting."

Here is an interview with one of the authors, Dr. Hallowell who, incidentally, also has ADHD...

 

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I struggled with ADHD all my life, but being a child of the mid 20th Century, there was no understanding of ADHD and no help. I always had a sense of being a bit "different" than other kids but because I was bright and a people pleaser I hid my struggles well.

It wasn't until I met a man with diagnosed ADHD later in life that I discovered that that was my lifelong problem. He suggested I read a book called Driven to Distraction so I would understand him better. He had lost girlfriends throughout his life because none of them understood him or were willing to cope with the unique quirks people with it bring to a relationship. I found myself on every page of the book, it was a real eye opener for me. I have textbook symptoms tracing all the way back to childhood. The only thing that has changed for me over the years is the hyperactivity component. As a child I was bouncing off the walls at times, as an adult I am far more sedentary (although physical problems contribute to that somewhat.)

I highly recommend this book for anyone who suspects they might have ADHD or who love someone with it. I'll tell you one thing, it's a challenge when one partner in a relationship has it, but when both have it, things can get real "interesting."

Here is an interview with one of the authors, Dr. Hallowell who, incidentally, also has ADHD...

Oh am reading that and watching this whole video as soon as I am done with work today :D Thank you very much. I lost countless people in my life due to me being that kind of quirky and going from interested to silent, being bouncy and now just stale....
 

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Personally I wouldn't self diagnose your self that why they have professionals

if you ever in doubt talk to a professional they will be able to help you
 

Shole

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Personally I wouldn't self diagnose your self that why they have professionals

if you ever in doubt talk to a professional they will be able to help you
I know but the thing is there are none around me, I don't have a car and it's so difficult when you low on money and low on possibilities to travel :(
 
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