ADHD vs ...me
October 20, 2008 11:09 PM Subscribe
How can I tell whether I have adult ADHD or I'm just lazy and disorganized? (Do you think ADHD is real?)
posted by Alligator to health & fitness (21 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a reasonably intelligent female college student. I just started going to therapy (am two sessions in) and my therapist has suggested to me that I may have ADHD without hyperactivity (formerly called ADD). I've already been diagnosed with general anxiety and possibly mild depression (still talking about that). He gave me some websites to look at, and so that's what I've been doing.
The symptoms for ADHD without hyperactivity sounds SO much like me. Disorganized; forgetful; distracted; messy. Anxiety, low self-esteem, a bit passive but pretty sensitive and nice to others. I have trouble keeping a schedule; I'm terrified of responsibility these days; I'm always late or missing appointments or losing my keys or my cell phone. I space out in conversations, and I am terrible with names. I have trouble getting to sleep at night, and I definitely struggle to get through homework assignments. I've been wondering if I have ADD at least since I hit high school, but no one else has really suggested it to me, so I've continually (pondered and) dismissed the idea. I've been reasonably successful in college but only with great amounts of effort and stress that are really getting to me.
The thing is, I'm really embarrassed to talk about this with other people. I'm pretty sure most people would just think I'm coming up with excuses for my shortcomings. Like I just don't try hard enough, like I just have disordered priorities. I'm worried my therapist is just throwing out diagnoses because that's what therapists are paid to do.
So how can I figure out whether I have ADHD (inattentive) or just personality flaws? What's the difference, and how likely is it that my therapist is just on an arbitrary diagnosis spree?