Anyone have ADHD here?

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Me and my ex are seeing a neuro pyschologist for our 4 years old since he has problems with agressivity and sometimes it is out of control. Well, after a few visits, she pointed that I probably have adhd and my son as well and it could be the problem, erm okay, I guess.

Now last week I almost set the house on fire because I turned the oven on while using the instant pot on it and it caught on fire. I had no reason whatsoever to use the oven, so now I decided to go see a dr. and know if I had adhd for sure and what can be done about it since lately Im not really in my head at all.

Most places do this in 4 visits and it costs between 600 to 100$ but Ive found a place and you fill out forms and see a specialist for about 30 minutes and it costs 200$. As anyone here ever been diagnosed like that? That fast? I'm afraid and am very nervous about all of this.
 
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Do not give your kids speed.

I'm saying this as an adult with adhd that is prescribed adderall. I was diagnosed by answering a questionnaire and talking to a psych for 20 mins.
I was disgnosed as a child, and my parents hated me on the meds.
As an adult, I took an IQ test, and had a conversation, and was given the adderall, as well. I save them and only take it in certain situations.
(EDIT* the iq test determines if you can just have a quick chat and get diagnosed, as if being able to articulate yourself better about your symptoms lets you bypass redtape)
 
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So I went today and after filling a questionnaire and talking with the Dr. for about 30 minutes, I'm now trying Concerta.

Will see how it goes, I really don't like the fact that it's this easy to be diagnosed with such a thing as ADHD and I'm very worried and stressed about it.

As far as my son, there will be no medication for him this soon and this young, I am very opposed to it. I will try everything else in my power before it comes to it.
 
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Really? Do you have any other tips to share if it's not too much asking?
Sure, it doesn't bother me. I've never not been ADD so I have no reason to take offense.

Generally, I treat my ADD like someone might treat allergies. Eating poorly (junkfood), undersleeping, electronics before bedtime, etc all pile up and add to my state of distraction. That isn't to say that I completely avoid those things. I just have to gauge how much it's affecting me and adjust accordingly.

Conversely, things that help a lot are eating nutritious food plus taking supplements (magnesium and also something with Omega-3 is helpful), exercising regularly, forcing myself to maintain the habit of reading a book, breathing/meditation, and so forth..

Tea is also wonderful.

Get good tea, the sort of loose-leaf tea you get from the farm. It is not a penny more expensive than equal servings of bagged tea, but 1000x better. Tea is a magical trifecta of a little bit of caffeine, L-Theanine, and antioxidants. Stimulants like caffeine are known to have a calming/focusing effect for ADD/ADHD and this is very true in my experience. The L-Theanine and antioxidants in tea help counteract the negative effects of caffeine (jitters, raised heartrate, physical dependence, etc) and enhance your focus.

I'm missing the 'H'yperactive part of ADHD so I don't have advice to offer there, specifically. I am generally a chill person.
 
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I have Tourettes and ADHD. My boys have ADHD as well and a proper diagnosis doesn't happen in one visit or over the phone. It's a process and it varies from person to person. Since I was a kid I've been on more meds than a lab rat. Some worked others didn't and as I've gotten older I self manage without meds. You learn to deal with the tics and nuances over time.
 
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Sure, it doesn't bother me. I've never not been ADD so I have no reason to take offense.

Generally, I treat my ADD like someone might treat allergies. Eating poorly (junkfood), undersleeping, electronics before bedtime, etc all pile up and add to my state of distraction. That isn't to say that I completely avoid those things. I just have to gauge how much it's affecting me and adjust accordingly.

Conversely, things that help a lot are eating nutritious food plus taking supplements (magnesium and also something with Omega-3 is helpful), exercising regularly, forcing myself to maintain the habit of reading a book, breathing/meditation, and so forth..

Tea is also wonderful.

Get good tea, the sort of loose-leaf tea you get from the farm. It is not a penny more expensive than equal servings of bagged tea, but 1000x better. Tea is a magical trifecta of a little bit of caffeine, L-Theanine, and antioxidants. Stimulants like caffeine are known to have a calming/focusing effect for ADD/ADHD and this is very true in my experience. The L-Theanine and antioxidants in tea help counteract the negative effects of caffeine (jitters, raised heartrate, physical dependence, etc) and enhance your focus.

I'm missing the 'H'yperactive part of ADHD so I don't have advice to offer there, specifically. I am generally a chill person.
Thanks, I do have the hyperactive trait though, and it's really intense.

I have Tourettes and ADHD. My boys have ADHD as well and a proper diagnosis doesn't happen in one visit or over the phone. It's a process and it varies from person to person. Since I was a kid I've been on more meds than a lab rat. Some worked others didn't and as I've gotten older I self manage without meds. You learn to deal with the tics and nuances over time.
2nd day on concerta now, I feel so relaxed and peaceful so far, I got a lot of things done in the house today. The only problem is I dont have any appetite. My stomach tells me I need to eat since it hurts and I eat a little something but I'm not hungry at all. That could also be a good thing, I have a good 30 lbs I need to lose that I gained since the divorce lol
 
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Over-prescription of psych meds is a bigger problem than over-prescription of anti-biotics. I expect this to become a big topic in the next 5-10 years.
I also believe this, and I was strongly against taking these. I've been one to voice that autism and adhd is way too often diagnosed, especially in children. They start giving these drugs to 6 years olds, how in hell do parents or dr. know how those kids are in their heads, theyre way too young to answer questions or fill up a questionnaire.

One thing that convinced me to try concerta is something the dr told me, he said that if I dont have adhd, I will basicly know in the first few days while taking it. It calms people with adhd and if it's something else that I have, I'll probably head into a mania of some sort. So far, so good.
 
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I also believe this, and I was strongly against taking these. I've been one to voice that autism and adhd is way too often diagnosed, especially in children. They start giving these drugs to 6 years olds, how in hell do parents or dr. know how those kids are in their heads, theyre way too young to answer questions or fill up a questionnaire.

One thing that convinced me to try concerta is something the dr told me, he said that if I dont have adhd, I will basicly know in the first few days while taking it. It calms people with adhd and if it's something else that I have, I'll probably head into a mania of some sort. So far, so good.
Normal boyish behaviours have been pathologised to an extent and one way of controlling natural rambunctiousness is to just medicate them. It's short-term gain (peace and quiet) for long-term pain (severe psychological issues in some boys). Something like 90% of school shooters have been on meds like Adderall.

I don't know your kid so obviously I'm speaking generally here, but just something to be aware of.
 
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Normal boyish behaviours have been pathologised to an extent and one way of controlling natural rambunctiousness is to just medicate them. It's short-term gain (peace and quiet) for long-term pain (severe psychological issues in some boys). Something like 90% of school shooters have been on meds like Adderall.

I don't know your kid so obviously I'm speaking generally here, but just something to be aware of.
Oh dont worry, I am aware of it. Like I said, there will be no drugs for him and I will do everything I can before it comes to this. If I've made it this far (38 years old) without any drugs, I'll help him while he's young, unless of course there is some serious issues and it would be the last option.

Since we've started seeing the neuro psychologist for his agressivity problem (more like oppositional, I seriously thought he had an oppositional defiant disorder), I've started to use the tips she is giving us (like touching him, hold his arms gently and look at him square in the eyes when talking to him) and while doing this, I can now maybe stop 75% of the tantrums he would have. The problem was the tantrums were lasting more than 30 minutes and he'd even bite himself, he was literally going nuts. Last week I only had one tantrum, before the pscyhologist visit, I had 3-4 tantrums before noon sometimes on weekends.
 
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I grew up with aspergers and my stepbrother has adhd. Keep in mind that this is also one of those things that they’ll need to grow into as well. You can’t just force stop certain behaviors.

Being 4 of course it’s going to be hard for him to control it, I didn’t have my issues under control until around fifth grade or so.

Though if you’re going to give him meds, make sure he’s consistent with them. My brother would frequently try to skip days and it’d Usually have negative effects. And his learning was definitely off growing up. I mean he’s not dumb or anything but he can’t spell to save his life and he’s 24 now. I think that had to do with his parents having him in regular classes and he fell behind, he should’ve had a home room or special class for that.

From experience if he wants to join some regular sports team growing up or if a SE teacher asks you if he wants to join a special team. Don’t pick the special one. Schools throw people with special needs altogether. ADHD, aspergers, Down syndrome, mental retardation, etc.
When I was little my mom did this to me (she didn’t realize how bad it’d be) for baseball and after the game I just remember crying asking my mom “is this what I am to you? Was that how you see me?”
 
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Thanks, I do have the hyperactive trait though, and it's really intense.



2nd day on concerta now, I feel so relaxed and peaceful so far, I got a lot of things done in the house today. The only problem is I dont have any appetite. My stomach tells me I need to eat since it hurts and I eat a little something but I'm not hungry at all. That could also be a good thing, I have a good 30 lbs I need to lose that I gained since the divorce lol


It's strange how meds effect people in different ways. They tried putting both my sons on Concerta and one was fine while the other was throwing up for 3 days straight until I took him off it. Keep your blood levels checked regularly that's important too.
 
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When you are ADD or ADHD, your diet can play a pretty big role in how your day goes.

Sugar makes it very difficult for me to focus, for instance.
this. limit sugar. sugar is very dangerous and can cause a lot of inflammation in the brain and can really make you unfocused. make sure your sugar only comes from fruit that contains fiber to slow down absorption and to give your liver time to process and convert the fructose into glucose. stick to starchy foods that have fiber like sprouted bread. that digests slower. or make fruit smoothies that have beans and like chia seeds to add fiber and slow digestion.

your child needs to stick to eating mainly veggies ( mostly greens) nuts seeds avocados beans eggs and lean protein. on the days he needs to do school work you can amp up the amount of carbs that he can consume to match the energy needs of the work. but on days off focus on nutrients and good fats and protein and resting.
 
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I don't believe in these labels anymore. If they are true then I had symptoms of Asperger's, ADHD, OCD, bipolar, MPD, general anxiety, depression and probably every other mental disorder in the book. Once I started to take care of myself pretty much most if not all of those conditions dissapeared.
 
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I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was six. I've heard negative stories from other people but, personally, it hasn't affected my life in any serious negative way. I've read about benefits to it and I've experienced at least two of them.

- People with ADHD can be good at multi-tasking and I always seem to have multiple things going on.
- People with ADHD can enter a state of "hyperfocus" where they can block out their surroundings and plow through whatever it is they're doing. Although, I usually get annoyed if I get interrupted.

I'm no doctor and I can only speak about my own experience and research.