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Question: Adult ADD?


 reyleejo - Thu Dec 29, 2005 6:47 pm

My husband is thinking of seeing a pyschiatrist for what we think is ADD, he has never been diagnosed. As a child, he was put on millaril(SP?) for his attention or inability to stay in his seat in school. As a adult, he fidgets, can't stay still...if it doesn't hold his interest, forget it... but if it does he is ok. He has lots of ideas but fails to follow through. He wants to do something but either can't or won't. He calls himself Lazy, but I think it is more . he has always been like this. (even as a child). Should he see a Doctor and be evaluated, what are symptoms of adult ADD?

Thanks
 dlugose - Mon Jan 16, 2006 7:03 pm

I see from your other posts that your husband also has a variety of other medical symptoms. Attention deficit disorder can't be very well diagnosed without clearing up possible related medical problems. For example, he could have hyperthroidism which might give him some similar symptoms, such as lots of energy and fidgetting. Other hormones such as epinephrine and other catecholemines will make attention problem symptoms.
If he had ADD as a child there is a high chance that it would not change. So gathering some information on his other medical conditions is a good place to start, or the psychiatrist will want him to continue the diagnostic visit after the other medical diagnostic visits are more complete.

Some of the web sites that discuss ADD and adults have a lot of descriptive articles and sometimes short tests from which you could find out if ADD is likely. Bear in mind that if you have another medical condition that shortens attentions span, these quizzes might make you think wrongly that you have ADD. Examples are http://www.add.org/articles/index.html
http://psychcentral.com/addquiz.htm
http://www.addresources.org/article_adults.php

Whether he has ADD or not, these web sites might have some good practical ideas that you and your husband might find helpful in dealing with attention issues, planning issues, distractibility, etc. Good luck. (I have ADD)

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