Problems with ADDI am a 17 years old girl who, apparently seems t o suffer from ADD. First of all, I suffer the following symptoms: I can not concentrate for a long time, especially when I am studying, even sometimes while watching a movie, listening to a song, or even just listening to someone talking! If a person talks a lot to me, I get lost and go to la la land! I have the wildest imagination ever! I have a high IQ, so my best subject is math! I suffer in other subjects because my memory is weak (almost only in remembering things memorized). I tend to sleep a lot, and feel more active at night! I took an online ADD/ADHD test and the results were not surprising; I suffer from a high level of ADD! I have a SAT biology test in a week and I have not finish the book yet, so does anybody knows a medicine that can help me sit concentrated to study( cause if i continue this way, I will only finish 10 pages by the test day)! It would be better if it does not have a obvious side effects because I do not want my parents to Know! They have enough things to worry about! Please help me, I really needed! Another thing I have is constant severe headache, and when I went to a doctor and did a X-ray, It appeared that there is nothing wrong! But I always have sever headache! Thanks for reading!

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Seeing a doctor would help, but understanding yourself as you do is a big first step.  You can adjust your habits to fit your needs.  For example, work at a time that best suits you.  Avoid foods that make your symptoms worse.  Try to keep a healthy and active lifestyle.

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I would strongly encourage you to talk to your parents.  If you do not wish to speak to them, talk to your family doctor.  Remember that, due to privacy laws, your doctor cannot tell your parents what you say.  A qualified doctor is the only one who can make a true diagnosis.  There are many conditions which exhibit the same symptoms as ADD or ADHD.  While taking an online test is a great place to start, you really need to share the results with your doctor.  It might be difficult to take medication without your parents knowledge, and I'm sure they would want to know and help you in any way they can.  As for the headaches, it is entirely possible these are stress headaches.  If you are having to put in so much effort, extra study, and work to achieve the grades you want, it is possible that your headaches are connected to the extra stress.  Again, I would encourage you to speak with your doctor and your parents.

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Please understand the politics in the terminology - Attention Deficit Disorder.

What some researchers are discovering is that it isn't a disorder -- it's a brain wiring.  This is how you are built.  The reason it's been labelled as something negative is because it affects about 15% of the population, so the 85% majority looks upon it as something aberrant.  There is nothing wrong with you; the difficulty lies in the culture attempting to slam round pegs into square holes -- how most of the population takes in, digests, and puts out information is not the way you do it. And since you don't do it the way they do it, there must be something wrong with you.

Stay away from meds, unless under the care of a doctor.  Even then, find someone who understands.  Better yet, find a counselor who truly understands that this is not a disorder, and who can guide you to find learning strategies that use your strengths.

Most artists, musicians, and writers would be considered ADD, BTW.

 

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I would be very reluctant to advise you to take medication, as ths would only be a choice for an experienced doctor to take. I would want to start by suggesting that you think about other ways of trying to manage your particular characteristics, such as trying to have your condition recognised and getting extra time in exams. You might like to think about contacting somebody with experience of supporting such conditions and seeing what strategies they can suggest that might help you gradually build up the amount of time you can concentrate.

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I too agree with other posters that state that self-diagnosis is dangerous, but you know yourself and your symptoms. If you want more information about this condition, talk to professionals at school and see what is clinically recommended in regards to getting an official diagnosis. Not only will your counselor have information but so would the school nurse and any social workers and psychologists who work in your school. There are so many things that can be done for students have an official, doctor approved diagnosis, but there isn't much you can do for yourself without appropriate behavioral training and/or medication.

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I have to agree that self-diagnosis is not proper. One warning, the on-line tests which determine mental disorders, learning disabilities, and other things are not trustworthy. As a joke, my students took a test, like the one you most likely took, and over half my class had some sort of "disorder."

Outside of that, I would suggest that you speak to your parents. If you are worried about speaking to them, I would talk to your counselor at school. Given the negative stereotype that "special education" carries, your concerns are certainly warranted. But, if you plan on going to college, special accommodations can be made to help you succeed.

 

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This is apparently not what you want to hear, but you need to share this message with your parents as soon as possible so they can become involved in helping you to find some solutions to the complications you describe. Self-diagnosis is dangerous under any circumstance, and you will certainly not be able to obtain any type of medication that might benefit your potential ADD condition without confirmation and supervision of a physician.

I am surprised your parents have not attempted to have your learning challenges evaluated before now if they are as severe as you are describing, but medical and parental intervention is needed.

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