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Hey all,

I just have a few questions about ADD, and the symptoms as they relate to me. I know overall I should consult a doctor, but I wanted to get a few opinions first. I'm a 23-year-old male, and I'm a pretty successful student. I graduated valedictorian of my high school class, and I currently attend one of the nation's best universities. However, as I have gotten farther along in my academic career, I have started to question my attention span and the possibilities of ADD.

- I am a chronic procrastinator. Until I am under the gun, I can't get things together and accomplish anything. I wait until the last minute to study for exams, write papers, or anything else school related. I generally wait until the night before a test to study, even for midterms and final exams.

- I do most of my work when everyone else is sleeping because i find it impossible to work when things are going on. I pretty much have to be alone and study in a quiet environment to accomplish anything. (My sophomore year in college people called me the section vampire because i would stay up all night trying to do my work, only to catch up on sleep during the day.)

- When I write papers, I find myself writing a paragraph, printing it off, moving to another location (just to read through and think of new ideas) .... only to move back to the computer shortly thereafter. It is hard for me to stay in one place for very long in these situations.

- When it comes to class, I usually just don't go. I find I can teach myself better than a prof can teach me. When I do go, by the middle of the class I find it impossible to keep my attention on whatever the prof is saying. (The inattention stems back as far as I can remember …. In high school I hardly ever paid any attention to a teacher ……. I attributed this to just being bored with easy work)

- I find reading boring, as I generally can't concentrate long enough to get through most things, unless it is of high interest to me. I find myself reading passages and noticing that I don't remember a word of what I just read at the end. (as a side not, my sat verbal/math scores were extremely lopsided …… as I scored almost 200 pts higher on the math …. My act scores were the same)

- Even when I talk to people, and look them in the eye, I generally find myself losing focus of them. My attention is drawn to what is behind them more so than what they are saying. When I meet someone, I hardly ever remember their name.

- I am very forgetful, and I constantly misplace things or forget about scheduled appointments. I can hardly ever keep track of my keys, and I leave my book bag behind all the time. I also find myself borrowing a pencil or pen when it comes time to do work or go to a test, because I can’t find one.

- I am very impatient and impulsive, but I don’t think I show signs of hyperactivity, as I am a fairly laid back person. I do show some compulsive/impulsive tendencies when it comes to drinking and gambling, and I often feel stressed or overwhelmed by anxiety when I find myself so far behind in my classes or when work piles up.

- I am an awful speller, and I often find myself making mistakes in things I deem as trivial or repetitive.

All of these things listed above have been issues for as long as I can remember. However, I just attributed them to boredom since I was doing well. My college academic performance is nowhere near my high school/grade school performance, and as I get closer to entry into the real world, I am starting to worry that this inattention could be a problem in the job field.

Is this something I should worry about? I'm sure i haven't fully explained some situations, but this is a start. If anyone could offer their insight, i would be thankful.


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