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Ymura

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After 2 years, I finally was able to get a screening and prognosis for potential ADHD--- but I don't have it. The psychologist did end up diagnosing me with GAD (which I'm not really sure I have) as well as disorders I already knew I had (depression, PTSD). She said I had tendencies like someone with ADHD, but my brain isn't wired like someone with ADHD. So she said she believed it was because of unresolved trauma and in order to get better, I had to review my medication (right now I'm taking fluoxetine and bupropion) and go to therapy. That's all right, but now I feel like I'm back at square one--- I'm not sure how I should feel. Has anyone gone through a similar experience? TL;DR: Screened for ADHD, just ended up being linked to GAD and PTSD

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    • emandgrem

      666d

      The problem with diagnoses is that you're going to get different ones by different people. The DSM or whatever is used where you live is subjective to the person interpreting it. ADHD is also written as the way neurotypicals see it and it doesn't tend to always match our experience. If saying you have ADHD is helpful for you or you think you have it, then you can decide to ascribe that label to yourself. I know it's important to some people to have an exact label and others it's not. But either way, if information and tips for ADHD helps you, use them! If talking to people with ADHD helps and validates you, do it! ❤️

    • minime273

      666d

      So I can say that my ADHD is definitely made worse by my anxiety, so treating anxiety should help, but if you can, you might want to try getting a second opinion.

    • emandgrem

      666d

      The problem with diagnoses is that you're going to get different ones by different people. The DSM or whatever is used where you live is subjective to the person interpreting it. ADHD is also written as the way neurotypicals see it and it doesn't tend to always match our experience. If saying you have ADHD is helpful for you or you think you have it, then you can decide to ascribe that label to yourself. I know it's important to some people to have an exact label and others it's not. But either way, if information and tips for ADHD helps you, use them! If talking to people with ADHD helps and validates you, do it! ❤️

      • AlyssaNicole89

        666d

        @emandgrem adhd is not diagnosed by the dsm, you have to get tested for it

      • wasplord

        666d

        @emandgrem I strongly disagree. If a medical professional says you have ADHD tendencies but you aren't wired the way ADHD wires you, it is not appropriate to "label" yourself as ADHD. It's like saying you like cleaning so you label yourself as OCD: it's disrespectful and inaccurate. Saying you still suspect you may have it and seeking out similar strategies that people with ADHD use is fine, of course, and I encourage OP to talk with ADHD people about it since she has similar tendencies. But labeling herself as ADHD is not validating her--it's invalidating others.

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