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Re: ADD tests cloudydaze

Posted by laima on July 22, 2006, at 18:27:19

In reply to Re: charging for tests, posted by cloudydaze on July 22, 2006, at 14:41:04

It is a vague diagnosis, isn't it? Doesn't help that some of the questionaires are compiesed of questions like, "Do you ever feel bored or find your thoughts drifting?" "Are you ever forgetful?" Well, who wouldn't have add if that was The Test? That's why I I got excited to hear the news about the computer test, once it was explained. The person who brought it up made it sound like something really new.

> I'm still not sure if I have ADD or not. I definately don't get hyperactive, except in my mind. The problem was that while ritalin seemed to help me on some days, it didn't always, and eventually the bad outweighed the good (it would agitate my anxiety more than it helped me concentrate). I think maybe the stimulant helped me have energy...and that's why i took it for so long.

Something I can share from my own experience is that I take klonopin at night, even though I take modest amount of ritalin during day. When I take ritalin as prescribed, if anything, it calms me. Also- tried dexedrine once- but it was an agitation catastrophe for me. Maybe ritalin simply isn't the best choice for your personal body chemistry?

> Btw...i could be wrong, but i think there are 2 types of Attention Deficit Disorder - ADD and ADHD - depending on whether or not you have hyperactivity.

I heard what you have- that add can occur with or without hyperactivity. I don't personally have the hyperactivity, but did experience some agitation while my ritalin dose was tweaked to optimal level. Rather than naturally hyperactive or jumpy, I'm just more spacey, drifty, utterly absentminded, etc. Not sure if this is correct, but I think I heard the hyperactive type is more common with children than adults. Also not sure- but are "racing thoughts" really a part of any sort of add-or a myth? Maybe someone out there knows?

> I still don't know EXACTLY what my full diagnosis is, outside the bipolar disorder.

Oh yes, sure does complicate matters when one has more than one disorder to cope with. I have trouble in that department, too. I hope you do not in any way take any offense at this final, following thought in any way--but if you are diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I cautiously wonder if that might not be muddled up with "add", or exasperating it? I don't know much of anything about bipolar, I am first to admit, but when you mentioned "racing thoughts" that reminded me of some peoples' descriptions of manic states. Maybe that is why you got an uneven response from ritalin?

Very good luck to you in sorting it.





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