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I guess I kind of have to ask why you need a diagnosis. I have taken an online test for ADD which I believe and others that have been around me believe I have. I know how to control it. I do what I have to without taking a regular medication. It is my belief that in children it is different as they have to attend school and have no choice and the medication helps control them so that they are able to learn. It is my feeling that as adults we just learn what we can and can not do and go into a field of work that keeps our attention.
[QUOTE=dalesgirl]I guess I kind of have to ask why you need a diagnosis. I have taken an online test for ADD which I believe and others that have been around me believe I have. I know how to control it. I do what I have to without taking a regular medication. It is my belief that in children it is different as they have to attend school and have no choice and the medication helps control them so that they are able to learn. It is my feeling that as adults we just learn what we can and can not do and go into a field of work that keeps our attention.[/QUOTE]

Although it is true that ADDers do better in a work environment that is well suited to their interest and style, AD/HD is involved in much more than an academic setting. AD/HD is involved in everything in your life. Inattention at school or work are just symptoms caused by AD/HD's primary problem, low activity in the frontal lobes of the brain.

An untreated ADDers entire life revolves around an attempt to stimulate and try to normalize activity within their prefrontal cortex. Whether they know about it consciously or not.

These attempts can be anywhere from hyperactivity, extreme sports, causing emotional chaos in relationships, chronic arguing, illegal drugs and alcohol, abusing caffeine and nicotine, and everything inbetween.

AD/HD is not easy to completely contain and control.





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