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#334639 - 06/25/10 08:21 PM Disorganization/Distractability
onlyakid Offline

Registered: 03/31/04
Posts: 1577
Loc: New Jersey
Trying to figure out if this is anxiety related or my ADD.

At Work
1. Didn't write down customers Cell phone number in the system
(I probably wrote it on his work order and then didn't put it in the computer)
2. Didn't write down customers password to system, when I called him for it he was a bit annoyed because he had already gave it to me
3. Didn't give back customer their AC Adapter and NB Case, because I had left them in a different place that I was working on a computer

"Being with people that understand you...Priceless"

"and i don't want the world to see me, cause i don't think that they'd understand"

"You don't know what love just do as your told"

"My life has changed. What you take as a simple thing, is not so simple for me anymore"

#334641 - 06/25/10 09:37 PM Re: Disorganization/Distractability [Re: onlyakid]
catfish86 Offline

Registered: 10/27/09
Posts: 832
Loc: Ohio
It is hard to say. My new T told me she knew that I wasn't ADHD, which actually was about the 3rd person that told me that that I have had my situation before. She is a trauma specialist and she chuckled that just about all of her clients are diagnosed ADHD. She said that trauma and suppressed memories take up mental energy causing difficulties in concentration that can be mistaken for ADHD or brain damage, especially when the clinician is unaware of the underlying trauma.

God grant me
The Serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The Courage to change the things I can,
And the Wisdom to know the difference.

#334648 - 06/25/10 11:32 PM Re: Disorganization/Distractability [Re: catfish86]
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Registered: 03/07/10
Posts: 2105
Hi OnlyaKid,

Whether or not you have ADD can only be determined between you and a professional qualifed to diagnose ADD/ ADHD.

While the symptoms you list *could* be associated with ADD, the diagnosis would require, among other things, a history of such difficulties along with other defining characteristics.

I do have ADHD and, unfortunately, the condition is over-diagnosed and inappropriately diagnosed. It has become a catch-all category making many of the "diagnoses" unreliable and, as a result, detracts from the credibility of the condition and the difficulties associated with it.

Does this mean you do not have ADD?

That is not what I am saying.

Like Catfish said, there are other conditions/ circumstances/ experiences that can cause sypmtoms similar to those associated with ADD/ ADHD.

But whether it is ADD or from some other cause, you still have a problem.... namely, that you are having concentration difficulties and you are inadvertantly over-looking things or you are distracted.

Perhaps researching various strategies that those with similar difficulties employ to help them better manage such symptoms will be of benefit to you.

Not every strategy works for every person, so review several and then pick and choose what works for you. Or create your own strategy from the various aspects of the strategies you discover. What will work for you is as individual as you are.

Be gentle and kind with yourself.


Acceptance on someone else's terms is worse than rejection.


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