Re: More On ADD
Jon Spencer (spencerj@DG-RTP.DG.COM)
Tue, 7 Mar 1995 10:34:15 EST
> I was wondering if someone could post or send me a list of
> symptoms/characteristics of ADD. I realize that there will be some
> variations between people, and a real diagnosis requires a professional,
> but it could be helpful to at least be able to have an idea whether
> problems we might have with kids would possibly be caused by ADD or whether
> to look elsewhere in trying to solve the problem.
> Jon Dixon
I hesitate to do such a thing, for if my list is incorrect, you may miss
something. The best source is to look at the book "Driven to Distraction"
by Dr. Holloway (I think).
But I will give you MY symptoms:
o join too many email lists :-(
o consistent procrastination
o consistent overcommitment
o anxiety attacks
o recurring depression
o "stimulation freak" - interested in everything
o easily distracted at times, at other times able to
hyper focus for DAYS (literally days without sleep)
o ability to do more than one thing at a time (e.g., listen to,
and understand, two conversations at a time)
o easily bored (in my case I make up for this by finding something
else to be innerested in, so that I am effectively never bored.
This trait threw off my psychiatrist and led to a misdiagnosis
because ADDers are SUPPOSED to be bored, and I never was)
o DRIVEN - when I find something that interests me, I am driven
to pursue it. If it doesn't interest me, forget it!
o High sense of justice - injustice drives me CRAZY.
There are many other traits that I possess - I sat down and wrote a list,
and it took up about 4 pages (>100 characteristics). Many of them are bad,
and many are good. But you must be careful - most doctors do not
understand ADD or ADHD. More women are undiagnosed than are men.
If you tell me the area you livein, I will see if I can find a reference
for you to someone who is an expert in ADD.
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