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Hi there, I am new and wondering if I possibly have ADD.

Since I was a child, I have been aware that I was different. When I was 4 / 5 years old the doctor diagnosed me with an active brain- basically I had a couple of periods of sleepwalking and my parents were informed that my brain doesn't rest. I always had an exceptional imagination- very good at writing and making up stories (still am) but I had difficulty learning maths and I had dificulty socialising. Other children wouldn't play with me so I withdrew and would play quite happily by myself and with my younger sister. I worked quite well at school, was generally well behaved but was in my own little world a lot of the time.

Skipping a number of years- I have just turned 30 and am a university in the second year of my degree and finding it tough. I have been an emotional wreck for the large part of it. The harder I am trying to learn, the worse I am. I worked really hard for an exam in the past few weeks and did not do very well. I was bombarded with questions during a practical, lost concentration, made mistakes and ended up very stressed and frustrated. My feedback on my exam paper stated I lack knowledge and cannot perform techniques I have learned very well. As you can imagine I was devestated and am seeing my tutors about it this week.

I have never been tested or diagnosed for any sort of learning disability or anything, but there are a few things I do notice about myself and the problem is getting progressively worse (this is over the years not just recently) ...

I get anxious and paranoid
I am oversensitive
I frequently misplace things and get upset over it. I genuinely can't remember where I put things
I sometimes have 'black outs' not physically. I could be out somewhere and forget how I got there and I do that while driving
too sometimes!!!
I often explode over small things (had a HUGE row with my family the other week by taking something the wrong way)
I sometimes get depressed and don't know why
I talk excessively- especially talking to myself when i am alone
I dream excessively and when I sleep I awake more tired as my body doesn't get efficient rest
I sometimes have trouble keeping friends
I am finding it much harder to learn despite adapting my techniques and am finding it increasingly difficult remembering things I have learned.

Overall I am aware this is leading to something, I feel like one very screwed up person. My personal tutor upon meeting me for the first time stated I was extremely articulate. However I suffer from low self esteem and whe people praise me I find it hard to acknowledge my own capabilities a lot of the time.

I checked whether it is thyroid, but the general signs don't match, so I am figuring it is more than that and could it be ADD

gemstone30 xx
[QUOTE=gemstone30;2755156]Hi there, I am new and wondering if I possibly have ADD.

Since I was a child, I have been aware that I was different. When I was 4 / 5 years old the doctor diagnosed me with an active brain- basically I had a couple of periods of sleepwalking and my parents were informed that my brain doesn't rest. I always had an exceptional imagination- very good at writing and making up stories (still am) but I had difficulty learning maths and I had dificulty socialising. Other children wouldn't play with me so I withdrew and would play quite happily by myself and with my younger sister. I worked quite well at school, was generally well behaved but was in my own little world a lot of the time.

Skipping a number of years- I have just turned 30 and am a university in the second year of my degree and finding it tough. I have been an emotional wreck for the large part of it. The harder I am trying to learn, the worse I am. I worked really hard for an exam in the past few weeks and did not do very well. I was bombarded with questions during a practical, lost concentration, made mistakes and ended up very stressed and frustrated. My feedback on my exam paper stated I lack knowledge and cannot perform techniques I have learned very well. As you can imagine I was devestated and am seeing my tutors about it this week.

I have never been tested or diagnosed for any sort of learning disability or anything, but there are a few things I do notice about myself and the problem is getting progressively worse (this is over the years not just recently) ...

I get anxious and paranoid
I am oversensitive
I frequently misplace things and get upset over it. I genuinely can't remember where I put things
I sometimes have 'black outs' not physically. I could be out somewhere and forget how I got there and I do that while driving
too sometimes!!!
I often explode over small things (had a HUGE row with my family the other week by taking something the wrong way)
I sometimes get depressed and don't know why
I talk excessively- especially talking to myself when i am alone
I dream excessively and when I sleep I awake more tired as my body doesn't get efficient rest
I sometimes have trouble keeping friends
I am finding it much harder to learn despite adapting my techniques and am finding it increasingly difficult remembering things I have learned.

Overall I am aware this is leading to something, I feel like one very screwed up person. My personal tutor upon meeting me for the first time stated I was extremely articulate. However I suffer from low self esteem and whe people praise me I find it hard to acknowledge my own capabilities a lot of the time.

I checked whether it is thyroid, but the general signs don't match, so I am figuring it is more than that and could it be ADD

gemstone30 xx[/QUOTE]
Sorry to hear of the problems you are experiencing. Whatever you do, don't give up on your education! I would start with a good physical exam from your doctor and see what they think. My 22 year old son has ADD, but he never had the "blackouts" however, my niece experiences those and was diagnosed with epiliepsy - not to scare you - just something you ought to look into. She takes medicine daily and has experience superior athletical, social, and educational experiences ever since. Best of luck!





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