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Is it possible to have ADD without the H? - May 18th 2010, 04:22 AM

Someone told me ADD doesn't exist anymore, that it's only ADHD now. My sister thinks I have ADD though because I'm fidgety, impatient, don't pay attention,lose concentraion easily, lose things and watever... but I'm not hyper. Could those things actually signify me having ADD? And is it actually worth getting tested for and going on meds for? Frankly I don't think it is, I always just thought of them as my quirks not a potential mental disease. I mean sure it'd be nice to be able to do my homework and study easily but with enough will power can't I just overcome that on my own? I don't really know much about this so yeah, what do you guys think?


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Re: Is it possible to have ADD without the H? - May 18th 2010, 05:57 AM

ADD and ADHD still do exist as separate ideas, though I don't think Hyperactivity is the ONLY difference. My friend with ADHD explained it to me, but I forget, so...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ADHD_pr...ly_inattentive

Oh, the article says they're not the same thing, but ADD is no longer an actual diagnostic term. Basically, from skimming through, I'm getting no hyperactivity or impulsiveness. Maybe take a read-through and decide for yourself?

You're 16, so I mean, it may be nothing to worry about, but it could also present as an issue. Adults can have "ADHD"/"ADD", and it can affect their work lives. So if you feel after reading up that it may still be an issue, you may as well make mention of it to your doctor.

Ultimately, it's up to you at this point, since it's uncommon for ADHD and the like to present at your age. Usually, it's a childhood diagnosis, and sometimes it gets better overtime, sometimes it doesn't.
   
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Re: Is it possible to have ADD without the H? - May 18th 2010, 10:54 AM

Well I mean I've always been the way I am now and never thought much of it, it's just until my sister started presuming I have ADD that I started wondering. But can't they just be part of my personality?


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Re: Is it possible to have ADD without the H? - May 18th 2010, 11:31 AM

Yep, very well could be part of your personality. And really, I don't think its worth getting medicated for if its not interfering with life. If you're able to do your school work, concentrate when you need to, and if you are in a work environment, can handle the job... There's no point in medications or anything. In fact, if it doesn't interfere with your life, a doctor may say that its not ADHD/ADD, but as you said, part of your personality.
   
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Re: Is it possible to have ADD without the H? - May 18th 2010, 05:03 PM

If you don’t feel its negatively affecting your life, then don’t let your sister make you feel bad about it. So you have some quirks, everybody else does too.

Honestly, if it doesn’t bother you and its not affecting your life to the point where you can’t live normally, then it’s not a problem. Everyone is different and everyone acts and behaves differently, its only when it affects your ability to live a day to day life is when something is wrong. And its sounds like you are doing fine.

But remember, you always have the option of seeing a psychologist if you ever feel something might not be going on the way it should be.




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