~Specific~ symptoms of ADHD?
April 18, 2012 4:19 PM Subscribe
What are some less generic, more specific symptoms of ADD/ADHD?
posted by lhude sing cuccu to health & fitness (34 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
I'm one of the many people starting to wonder whether they too might have a bit of ADD. Even though I don't have insurance (I'm 21), so I wouldn't be able to get meds anyway if I did have it, lately I've been more and more interested in the specific symptoms.
For example, first I heard that caffeine might make someone with ADD concentrate rather than becoming all hopped up. Then, I read on another MeFi thread: "You might want to look into getting evaluated and treated for any learning disorders or ADHD, for which some high grades and some Fs is a common pattern." I also heard that it's hard to concentrate on what people are saying in a crowded room, and that irritability and depression could also be caused by it.
Although I don't really see the generic symptoms in myself (i.e. "not finishing projects," "being disruptive," "having racing thoughts"), when I see specific things like above, I always seem to relate. For example, in high school I took a biology class one semester, got an F, and retook it with the same teacher and got an A. I couldn't pay attention in high school and graduated with a 1.3 GPA. I also tend to drift in and out of listening to important phone conversations which I know are important/professional. Also, irritability and bad anger management run in the family somewhat, especially when computers or bad drivers are involved.
But enough about me. Do you have any other specific examples like the few I listed? Changing careers, handwriting, anything like that which wouldn't be found on WebMD.
And are there any main symptoms that absolutely must be present? I always hear that "your thoughts are like a television that's always changing channels" is a big one (which is delightfully specific), although I'm not sure I feel like that really. I do have a hard time sticking to one activity, that's something.
Alternatively, how the heck do they test for ADHD, anyway?