Posted by schrips (220.127.116.11) on August 05, 2003 at 20:44:48:
In Reply to: Re: ADHD me! posted by emoot(: (18.104.22.168) on August 05, 2003 at 00:29:57:
My family had always joked that I was ADD while I was growing up, although everyone (myself included) thought I was just to successful in school for it to be actually true. Then my mom started working at a psychiatrist's office (one of whom was ADD) and she started to wonder if I actually might...so I went in and took this computer test. It flashed squares on the computer screen at random intervals and I was supposed to click the mouse whenever I saw one. Depending on how many you miss, if you click when nothing is actually flashing, and the general pattern tells you if you have ADD. Personally, I thought the test was pretty subjective. I really had no motivation to perform well...maybe it works better on kids when they just want to do everything well to please their parents. After that, I read a lot on ADD and was pretty quickly convinced that I actually was ADHD, despite my misgivings about the test. After being diagnosed, the psychiatrist didn't feel like medication was necessary because I was obviously coping pretty well as is. I read a few books and websites about how I was supposed to organize time, my workspace, etc. and found I was already doing 90% of the suggested things naturally. Minimize distractions, exercise regularly, always wear a watch, use white noise or music if it helps, use a planner, make deadlines, etc. There is also an online add test specifically for adults (its difficult to find them amid all the "how to I manage my holy terror of a child" type ADD sites) at www.adultaddtest.com. Good luck!
> How did you get diagnosed with ADHD? Was it something that you felt you should find out for yourself or did someone else recommend it? When you were diangnosed what did they say you needed to do about it?
> Hmmmm... that leg bouncing thing hit another bell in my mind. More than once in college, I was asked to stop wiggling my leg in class because it was getting on someone else's nerves. I've done that all my life and apparently it started in infancy.... I used to rock my whole body back and forth while I was still in the crib. But, like you, I was never a "run around the room and terrorize the teacher" kind of hyper kid. Fidgety seems to be more apt.
> Also....about the math thing.... I find that math makes sense to INTPs most of the time, but not to INFPs. Probably something to do with the T/F functions.
> I will admit that geometry made sense to me.... it was the only math that I totally understood. I know it was mostly because it was visually stimulating.
> On the topic of auditory learning.... I have actually tried really hard to listen to directions that people give me only to find out that I was concentrating on trying to listen rather than actually listening. In one ear and out the other is very familiar.
> Also, if I am going to finish something, I must have pressure or a deadline where someone else is depending on me. I will get it done in order not to let someone else down. But, when it comes to my own projects that I want to do.... I start many but finish few. In a way I like pressure because it forces me get things done, even though I grumble about it. Ultimately, I know good ideas need to be produced and pressure squeezes it out of me.
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