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Maggieloo

329d

My flat mates always joke that I have ADHD - I know I can display some of the symptoms but I don't want to get tested because I think my "adhd" symptoms might just be symptoms of my existing conditions! Anyone got any experience differentiating?

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    • T.Baily655

      310d

      I was told ADHD overlaps with other things. Like anxiety, PTSD, depression. I am sure there are more but those are the ones I am aware of. I would go and get the diagnosis just to make sure you don't need ADHD medication if you think you don't have it. But I am also the type of person that checks everything.

    • T.Baily655

      310d

      I was told ADHD overlaps with other things. Like anxiety, PTSD, depression. I am sure there are more but those are the ones I am aware of. I would go and get the diagnosis just to make sure you don't need ADHD medication if you think you don't have it. But I am also the type of person that checks everything.

    • Esmae

      324d

      I got diagnosed at 30. I love knowing I have adhd because now I can implement strategies and tools that are designed for neurodiverse people to make my life easier as opposed to tools designed for nurotypical people that just don't work. It's also helped me be kinder to myself knowing there are reasons why I struggle so much with some things. A psychiatrist will be able to determine if you have it or if it's something else.

      • hoofedcracker

        315d

        @Esmae may I ask what tools you use? I try to maintain a list of things I'd like to achieve over the next week or so.

    • Mollysmom

      326d

      I had symptoms all my life. Was just diagnosed like 4 years ago. Just knowing you have it,can help you try to manage. They won't give me meds ( because I drink beer) other than Strattera, which did not help me.

    • HauntedHarlequin

      327d

      My therapist likes to remind me that you can find yourself relating to symptoms of almost anything if you are looking for it. If you're concerned, talk to your doctor. Getting a diagnosis won't hurt anything.

    • Akiraaaa

      329d

      I mean if it's concerning you, talk to ur GP or see a psychologist. I think it's hard to differentiate mental conditions individually

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There are definitely people who have ADHD symptoms but are neurotypical, and there are also other conditions that can present similarly to ADHD like autism. There's a lot of overlap of symptoms with other disorders. The best way to know is to get diagnosed, but that's not accessible to everyone. You can look up the DSM-5 and find a free pdf online pretty easily. This is the manual that psychologists use to diagnose, so even if it's not necessarily a concrete answer, it can definitely help.

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