I’m very grateful that I can feel very secure that my ADD diagnosis is solid, because of the way it came about.
I’d been struggling with all the issues that ADD creates (the one exception is communication issues, aside from that, I’m the poster child.) my whole life, therapist after therapist.
Then, ten years ago, I quit smoking. Overnight, literally, I stopped being able to sit and read for any length of time, particularly fiction. Just vanished. One day I was sitting in the patio reading for hours on end and smoking, next day I was not able to tolerate it for more than 15 minutes.
My then therapist, on hearing this, said “You may have ADD… nicotine is a stimulant…” I brushed it off. No way! How silly.
Well, five more years of therapy, and it’s just getting worse. (There’s a lot of “induced” ADD in the world today, thanks to computers and related tech - for those who already had it, disaster.) Finally I meet a therapist who immediately, on the phone, says he wants to send me to a shrink for evaluation. Shrink confirms, meds begin, and the dawn breaks.
When I went to another therapist later, he initially referred to my ADD in air quotes. When I told him about the stop-smoking thing, he said “Oh. You do have ADD.”
This also explained why when I started smoking I went from being a non-smoker to smoking more than a pack the very first day I began smoking. My brain said HEY! LOVE that…
So what about you?
And on a related note…besides meds, have you ever found anything that helps? food, supplements, training, behavior mod, anything? Cuz I’m five years on meds and they don’t work as well as they used to. My lifestyle and personal situation don’t help at all. (I live alone and I have almost no real accountability. This is disastrous.)